Maruti sales plunge by 47 per cent in March


Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL), the country's largest passenger car manufacturer, on Wednesday reported 47 per cent year-on-year fall in its total sales during March to 83,792 units.


With this, the company ended FY 2019-20 with total sales of 15.63 lakh units, down 16.1 per cent from 18.62 lakh in the previous fiscal.

According to the report from the company officials, the sales during March 2020 are not comparable with sales in March 2019 due to suspension of operations from March 22 in line with national policy.

As per the data showed, the company sold 76,976 vehicles last month, 47.4 per cent less than 1.45 lakh in March last year.

Export sales were down 55 per cent to 4,712 units from 10,463 in the year-ago period.

"Maruti Suzuki remains committed to the safety and well-being of its employees, business partners and customers. The company will continue to support government at the Centre and state levels and follow all advisories in combating COVID-19," it said in a statement.

Meanwhile, in the domestic market, light commercial vehicles suffered a blow of 71.5 per cent to 736 units in March 2020 compared to 2,582 units in March 2019.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

Starting from March 24, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.


With inputs from ANI

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