After what seemed like a period of promising recovery, April 2021 came as a rude awakening for automakers in India. With the arrival of the second wave of Covid-19, many parts of the country entered a partial or complete lockdown. This obviously had a profound effect on the auto industry as companies were forced to limit or even shut production. Consequently, sales of new cars took a hit. Despite being India’s largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki wasn’t spared either. Compared to March 2021, last month saw overall sales decline by 4.4 percent, month-on-month – totaling 159,691 units. For reference, Maruti Suzuki sold a total of 167,014 units (domestic + export) in March 2021.
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In April 2021, Maruti Suzuki exported a total of 17,237 units, compared to 11,597 units the month prior. Meanwhile, sales to other OEMs went down from 5,899 units in March 2021 to 5,303 units in April 2021. Similarly, total domestic sales (including to other OEMs) last month went down to 142,454 units from 155,417 units the month prior. Maruti Suzuki’s combined domestic sales (Passenger Vehicles + Light Commercial Vehicles) in April 2021 stood at 137,151 units. Out of this figure, sales of Light Commercial Vehicles (Super Carry) tallied 1,272 units, while the Passenger Vehicles’ division accounted for the remaining 135,879 units. For comparison, the company sold a total of 149,518 units (from both divisions) in March 2021.
Models such as the Alto and S-Presso accounted for 25,041 units in April 2021, compared to 24,653 units sold in March 2021. While these two models performed better last month than the month prior, the same cannot be said for cars like the Baleno, Celerio, Ignis, Swift, WagonR, Dzire, and Tour S. Compared to their total tally of 82,201 units in March 2021, last month witnessed combined sales dropping to 72,318 units. As for the Ciaz, its sales in April stood at 1,567 units, as opposed to 1,628 units the month before. Meanwhile, the combined sales of the Ertiga, S-Cross, Vitara Brezza, and XL6 last month came to 25,484 units. This is in contrast to sales of 26,174 units posted by Maruti Suzuki in March 2021.
As you might have noticed, there is no mention of Maruti Suzuki’s year-on-year sales for April 2021. This is because there really is no point of reporting those numbers as, in April 2020, the whole of India was under complete lockdown. Collectively agreed upon as one of the worst times in the auto industry, automakers (including Maruti Suzuki) practically sold no new cars. However, the brand’s sales figures in April 2021 could be placed next to those from April 2019. Doing so, reveals that Maruti Suzuki’s total sales (domestic + export) in April 2019 stood at 143,245 units. As for its total sales (Passenger Vehicles) that month, that number turns out to be 131,385 units – with total exports recorded at 9,177 units.