Maruti Suzuki sales up 9.8% in September; H1 sales rise 14.7%

Maruti Suzuki India, the country's largest carmaker, has reported a 9.8 per cent year-on-year increase in domestic sales at 99,290 units, in September 2014, against 90,399 units sold in September 2013.

In the first six months of the fiscal (April-September 2014), the Japanese carmaker sold 558,330 units, showing a 14.7 per cent increase over year-ago sales of 486,9089 units in April-September 2013.

The highest sales were reported in the utility vehicle segment, which comprises the Gypsy and Ertiga MPV. Maruti saw UV sales grow 125 per cent to 5,980 units (September 2013: 2,657). The Omni and Eeco vans contributed 11,863 units to total sales, posting an increase of 35.3 per cent in September 2014 (September 2013: 8,767).

Compact cars comprising Swift, Ritz and Celerio hatchbacks and Dzire sedan), saw sales growth of 18.1 per cent to 43,304 units (September 2013: 36,679).

The Dzire Tour, which is sold only to for fleet operators, saw a 42.5 per cent jump in sales at 1,221 units.

The entry level Alto and Wagon R sales, however, saw a fall of 13.4 per cent to 35,547 units last month (September 2013:  41,061).

Maruti reported 1,375 units of the upcoming premium Ciaz in September, against its proposed launch on 6 October. The Ciaz replaces the SX4, which has now been withdrawn.

On the export front, Maruti Suzuki sold a total of 10,452 units, down 28.2 per cent but over the half-year (April-September 2014-15) period sales rose 15.2 per cent to 63,462 units against 55,112 units sold in the year ago period.