Maruti Suzuki has registered a sales growth of 44 per cent in the month of June 2018. The automaker has announced that it sold 1,34,036 units in June, marking a growth of 44 percent compared to 93,057 vehicles sold in June 2017. However, exports were lower than June 2018 with only 9319 units as compared to 13131 units in June 2017 a drop of 29 per cent. Interestingly, Suzuki's India operations also crossed the important 20 million production milestone in June this year.
However, in the first quarter in the 2018-2019 financial year (April-June), Maruti Suzuki saw a growth of 24.3 per cent overall and the domestic sales were up by 25.9 per cent as compared to Q1 FY17-18 at 4,90,479 units during the same time period, while the exports for this period were at 26,639 units. Though, compared to April and May 2018 sales, Maruti didn’t sell as much as in June. The carmaker registered total sales of 1,61,497 units in May 2018 with a notable growth of 24 percent as compared to May 2017, while it sold best ever 1,64,434 units in April 2018 with 13.40 per cent growth.
The sales number of Maruti Suzuki has received a robust charge from its range of compact cars, which includes the Swift, Baleno, Dzire, Celerio and the Ignis. The automaker sold a total of 71,570 units of these five vehicles registering a growth of 76.7 percent than 40,496 in June 2017. Out of the five cars, the Swift and the Dzire remain the top sellers with the hatchback and the compact sedan siblings in their latest third-generation avatar in their respective segments. All the five cars have sold a total of 2,32,667 units registering 49.8 percent growth.
Talking about the other cars, the entry-level Alto and WagonR reported combined sales of 29,381 units, showing a growth of 15.1 percent from June 2017 and bouncing back from the bad sales report in May 2018. However, these two cars saw flat growth of 1.5 percent to 1,05,039 units for the first quarter of FY2019. Another car by the Indo- Japanese automaker the premium sedan Ciaz, which is sold through the Nexa channel, have seen a decline in sales with 1,579 units in June compared to sales of 3,950 units in June 2017, while in FY2019, the Ciaz has sold a total of 10,719 units, down with 31.7 percent over a year ago.
Moving towards the sales report of Omni and Eeco vans by Maruti, both the vans succeeded in 12,185 units in June 2018 compared to 12,593 units in June 2017, registering a growth of 32.3 per cent, while the utility vehicles by the company- the Gypsy, Ertiga, Vitara Brezza and the S-cross sold a combined total of 19,321 units with growth of 39.2 percent in June 2018 compared to the same time period last year.
Recently, Maruti Suzuki has added the updated Vitara Breeza compact SUV in the UV segment with a new orange paint scheme, blackened alloy wheels, and the option of an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), as well, in its mid- and top-spec trims. Maruti Suzuki is expecting to see good sales number for the updated Vitara Breeza as well. However, the bad sales report by Maruti Suzuki in June 2017 had been the result of the newly introduced GST scheme by the Indian govt. hence it would be more important to see if the automaker continues to maintain the growth in sales in the upcoming months as well.