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Maruti, M&M beat year-end blues, post rise in domestic sales figures

However, Hyundai, Tata Motors, Honda Cars India Ltd and Totoya posted negative growth

New Delhi: The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India and Mahindra & Mahindra on Wednesday reported rise in their domestic sales in December, however Hyundai and Totoya posted negative growth.

Beating the year-end blues Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said its domestic sales were at 1,24,375 units in December as against 1,21,479 units in the same month a year ago, registering a growth of 2.4 per cent.

The company said its compact segment comprising New WagonR, Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno, Dzire recorded sales of 65,673 units last month as compared to 51,346 units in December 2018, a growth of 27.9 per cent.

Sales of utility vehicles, including Gypsy, Ertiga, XL6, S-Cross and Vitara Brezza, were at 23,808 units as compared to 20,225 units in the same month in 2018, a growth of 17.7 per cent.

However, the mini segment comprising Alto, S-Presso and Old WagonR witnessed a decline of 13.6 per cent at 23,883 units as compared to 27,649 units in December 2018.

Mahindra & Mahindra also posted domestic sales of 37,081 units in December as compared to 36,690 units in the same month previous year, up 1 per cent.

"Our performance in the month of December is as per year end sales outlook and currently we are also comfortable with our overall stock levels," M&M Chief of Sales and Marketing, Automotive Division Veejay Ram Nakra said.

He further said, "as we get into the new year, we are fully equipped to roll out our BS-VI products and have taken all requisite measures for a smooth transition over the next three months."

Hyundai said its domestic sales were at 37,953 units in December 2019 as compared to 42,093 units in the same month previous year, down 9.8 per cent.

Domestic sales last year were at 510,260 units as against 550,002 units in 2018, a decline of 7.2 per cent, it added.

Commenting on the sales performance, HMIL Director Sales, Marketing and Service Tarung Garg said, "the year 2019 has been a challenging year for the Indian automotive industry. Even in such adverse conditions, Hyundai Motor India as committed has launched 4 new benchmark products in different segments."

Tata Motors reported a 12 per cent decline in total vehicle sales in domestic market to 44,254 units in December.

The company had sold 50,440 units in the same month in 2018, Tata Motors said in a statement.

Total passenger vehicle sales last month stood at 12,785 units as against 14,260 units in the same month previous year, down 10 per cent, it added.

Tata Motors President (Passenger Vehicles Business Unit) Mayank Pareek said, "Our focus in December has been to drive retail and minimise the network stock in order to facilitate a smooth transition to BS-VI."

Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) reported a 36 per cent decline in domestic sales at 8,412 units in December 2019.

The company had sold 13,139 units in domestic market in December 2018, HCIL said in a statement.

Export stood at 197 units last month, it added.

Commenting on the sales, HCIL Senior Vice President and Director - Sales and Marketing, Rajesh Goel said, Our volumes in December 2019 have been on expected lines. In order to avoid any leftover BS-IV stocks, we channelised our resources more towards liquidating them."

He further said, "In line with the plan, our BS-IV dispatches are finished now so that our dealers can smoothly transition into BS-VI regime in the coming months.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor's domestic sales in December 2019 stood at 6,544 units as compared to 11,836 units in the same month in 2018, down 45 per cent.

The company said its domestic sales in 2019, stood at 1,26,701 units in 2019 as compared to 1,51,480 units in 2018, down 16.36 per cent, the company said.

"We are happy that there has been a continued positive retail sales momentum despite the overall slowdown in the industry. We currently don't cater to the entire market with our products, although the segments we represent have shown de-growth of around 22 per cent, yet our de-growth as compared to the segment has been much lesser," Toyota Kirloskar Motor Senior Vice President, Sales and Service Naveen Soni said

MG Motor India reported retail sales of 3,021 units in December 2019.

"As a new entrant in the Indian market, the robust sales momentum of our first offering, the HECTOR, has been very encouraging. We are working closely with our global and local suppliers to increase the production of the HECTOR in 2020 to support the booking backlog," MG MOtor India Director Sales Rakesh Sidana said.

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