Maruti Suzuki, Mahinda report zero sales in domestic market in April
The coronavirus-induced lockdown has greatly impacted the automobile sector with industry giants Maruti and Mahindra announcing sale of zero units in the domestic market in April.
The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Friday said it did not sell a single unit in the domestic market last month due to coronavirus-led nationwide lockdown.
This was because in compliance with the government orders all production facilities were closed, MSI said in a statement.
The company, however, exported 632 units from Mundra port following resumption of port operations.
The company said the units were dispatched ensuring all safety guidelines.
Mahindra & Mahindra
Auto major Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) on Friday said it has sold zero units in the domestic market in April due to coronavirus-led nationwide lockdown.
Domestic sales of vehicles during the month was completely impacted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and resulting national lockdown, the company said in a statement.
It, however, dispatched 733 vehicles to overseas markets during the last month.
'At Mahindra, we are working hand-in-hand with all stakeholders, especially our dealer and supplier partners, to get our ecosystem started, once the lockdown is lifted,' M&M chief executive officer, automotive division, Veejay Nakra said.
The safety of employees will be of paramount importance to the company while resuming operations, he added.
'We are hopeful that our dealerships will open soon and have stocks to cover the first few weeks of sale,' Nakra noted.
Niche bike manufacturer Royal Enfield on Friday said it sold 91 units last month due to suspension of production activities amid coronavirus pandemic.
Due to complete halt in operations, Royal Enfield has reported sales of 91 units for the month of April, the company said in a statement.
The company, a part of Eicher Motors, said it suspended operations and production across its factories, technology centres in India and the UK, all company offices and dealerships in the country starting March 23, 2020.
For the month of April, Royal Enfield's manufacturing facilities across Tiruvottiyur, Oragadam and Vallam Vadagal in Chennai and the entire supply chain including the company's dealerships across India, remained closed in compliance with the government directives, it added.
The company will continue to closely monitor the situation and take appropriate action as per the regulatory and administrative guidance, it noted.