New Delhi, Oct. 1: Car makers Maruti Suzuki, Honda and Ford posted an increase in sales in September, while others, including Tata Motors and Hyundai, reported a decline in a market that has started picking up, albeit slowly, with the onset of the festive season.
Honda Cars India posted an 88 per cent increase in sales on the back of the entry-level sedan Amaze, while Maruti Suzuki India witnessed a 12 per cent growth in sales.
In September, total sales of Maruti stood at 1,04,964 units against 93,988 units in the same month last year. Domestic sales increased 1.8 per cent to 90,399 units from 88,801 units a year ago.
Exports rose nearly three-fold to 14,565 units from 5,187 units in September last year.
Honda’s domestic sales jumped 88 per cent to 10,354 units in September from 5,508 units a year ago.
“We are happy to see a huge demand for the Amaze and Brio. The sales figures have set a positive tone for the festive season,” senior vice-president (marketing & sales) Jnaneswar Sen said.
Riding on the success of its compact SUV EcoSport, Ford India posted a 36.51 per cent increase in domestic sales at 10,640 units compared with 7,794 units last year. “We are excited to see our products finding greater acceptance among customers that is mirrored in our sales,” Ford India executive director Vinay Piparsania said.
Total sales of Toyota Kirloskar Motor rose 10.52 per cent to 15,795 units from 14,291 units a year ago.
However, Hyundai’s sales in the domestic market fell to 30,601 units from 30,851 units in September 2012. Tata Motors’ sales also dropped 40.51 per to 12,879 units from 21,652 units a year ago.