New Delhi, Oct 1 (PTI): Carmakers Maruti Suzuki, Honda and Ford reported increases in domestic sales in September, but Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors and Hyundai said their sales fell, in a market that has started picking up, albeit slowly, with the onset of the festive season.
Two-wheeler makers Hero MotoCorp and Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India reported healthy growth in September riding on a good monsoon.
Maruti Suzuki India, the country's largest carmaker, said sales in September were up 1.8 per cent to 90,399 units against 88,801 units in September last year.
Maruti Suzuki said sales of its popular compact sedan Dzire rose by 42.9 per cent during the month under review at 16,708 units as against 11,694 units in September 2012.
Honda Cars continued its sales growth on the back of its entry level sedan Amaze, posting an overall 88 per cent jump in its domestic sales at 10,354 units for September 2013. The company had sold 5,508 units in the September 2012.
“We are happy to see the huge demand for the Honda Amaze and Brio. The sales figures have set a positive tone for the upcoming festive season,” Honda Cars senior vice-president for marketing & sales Jnaneswar Sen said.
Ford India posted a 36.51 per cent increase in its domestic sales to 10,640 units in September this year as against 7,794 units in the same month last year on the back of newly launched compact sports utility vehicle EcoSport.
“Despite prevailing difficult economic conditions, we are excited to see our products finding greater acceptance among customers that is mirrored in our sales,” Ford India’s executive director for marketing, sales and service Vinay Piparsania said.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor said its sales in India were at 12,015 units in September 2013, marginally down from 12,115 units in the corresponding month last year.
“The market continues to be sluggish. We hope that the market will improve with the upcoming festive season,” Toyota Kirloskar deputy managing director and COO (marketing and commercial) Sandeep Singh said.
Hyundai's domestic sales were down marginally to 30,601 units during the month, from 30,851 units in September 2012.
“In the current market scenario, volume growth is a big challenge...We expect the market challenges to continue and have a cautious optimism for upcoming festive season,” the company’s senior vice-president for sales and marketing, Rakesh Srivastava, said.
Meanwhile, homegrown auto major Tata Motors' passenger vehicle sales in the domestic market fell sharply by 40.51 per cent to 12,879 units in September from 21,652 units a year-ago.
Mahindra & Mahindra's domestic sales were down 10.35 per cent to 40,574 units from 45,263 units in the same month last year.
“While there has been a growth over August 2013, it is not to the extent that makes us comfortable, especially as we approach the festive season,” M&M chief executive (automotive division) Pravin Shah said.
General Motors India posted a 4.79 per cent decline in sales at 7,048 units in September 2013.
“The market continues to remain depressed due to weak economic conditions, negative market sentiments and various other factors,” GM India Vice-President P Balendran said.
However, the company expects the market to show some improvement closer to the festive season, he added.
In the two-wheeler segment, market leader Hero MotoCorp reported a 15.78 per cent rise in total sales at 4,68,670 units in September this year.
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India reported 35 per cent growth in sales at 3,28,965 units for September 2013. Similarly, Yamaha Motor India also reported a sharp increase in total sales, of 42 per cent, to 60,031 units during August 2013 as compared to the corresponding period last year.
Chennai-based TVS Motor Co reported 16 per cent increase in total sales in September at 1,97,409 units as against 1,70,097 units in the same month last year.