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Tata, Honda down; Mahindra up 25 per cent, Maruti up 11.4 per cent, and General Motors India up 64 per cent in September auto sales news
03 October 2007

Mumbai: Commercial vehicle maker and the country''s No. 2 car manufacturer Tata Motors Ltd announced that its vehicle sales in September fell 1.26 per cent to 48,347 units from 48,963 units a year earlier.

Tata Motors commercial vehicles sales in the domestic Indian market went up by 1.5 per cent to 27,036 units from 26,627 units a year ago, with sales of cars and utility vehicles falling 8.6 per cent to 17,006 units.

For the same month, the Indian arm of global carmaker Honda, Honda Siel Cars has also announced a downward slide in sales for September. Honda sales went down 5.3 per cent compared to September 2006, with the company selling 5,674 units as against 5,993 in September 2006.

Honda Seil sold 3,635 City ZXs, the flagship sedans, along with 1,392 Civics in the more premium range, and 245 Accords in more expensive segment. The company sold 402 CR-V sport utility vehicles.

The fortunes of India''s utility vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M) seem to have taken a different path. Sales figures for the company reportedly went up in September by a substantial 25 per cent, totalling 19,871 units when compared to the same period last year, when it sold 15,920 units.

Mahindra sold 2,185 units of its Logan sedan, which is a product made by M&M as part of a a joint venture with France''s Renault.

However, tractor sales for M&M totalled 8,668 tractors in September, which is lower by 11 per cent from 9,729 units a year ago.

The company said domestic auto sales, including that of utility vehicles, light commercial vehicles and three-wheelers went up by 25 per cent to 18,569 units from 14,865 units. It said that exports in September 2007 went up 23 per cent to 1,302 units from 1,055 units during the corresponding period last year.

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) had fortunes similar to M&M, reporting an 11.4 per cent hike in its domestic car sales for the month of September, counting in 63,086 units against 56,606 units year-on-year.

MSIL''s exports during September 2007 grew 55 per cent at 4,362 units, as against 2,814 units in September 2006.

Sales of the people''s car M800 declined 32 per cent in September, at 5,221 units as against 7,680 units in the corresponding period last year.

Sales in the C segment that comprises multi-utility vehicles Omni and Versa, sales dipped 12.9 per cent at 6,350 units, according to a company statement.

For the A2 segment, which comprises hatchbacks Alto, Wagon-R, Zen and the popular Swift, sales grew 21.8 per cent in September, totalling 46,216 units against 37,955 units in September 2006.

Sedans Esteem and SX4, the A3 segment, gained by 43.3 per cent at 4,885 units against 3,410 units in September 2006.

In the SUV segment, the Grand Vitara and the Gypsy showed sales of 414 units during the month, compared to 272 units same time last year.

Exports during April-September period are also up 51.4 per cent at 24,236 units against 16,009 units in the same period last fiscal. Maruti is yet to publish its sales numbers officially on its website.

General Motors India has shown the largest growth of all, with a 64 per cent jump in sales in September 2007, when compared to September 2006. The company sold 5751 units in September 2007, against 3506 units in September 2006.

September 2007 sales comprise 1953 units of Chevrolet Tavera, 1559 units of Chevrolet Aveo, 738 units of Chevrolet Optra and 1501 units of Chevrolet Spark.

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Tata, Honda down; Mahindra up 25 per cent, Maruti up 11.4 per cent, and General Motors India up 64 per cent in September auto sales