Maruti Suzuki reports flat sales of 139,002 units in January

by Ajit Dalvi 01 Feb 2021

India’s passenger vehicle market leader has reported total sales of 139,002 units in January 2021. This constitutes flat sales growth – 0.06% -- compared to January 2020’s 139,444 units. A 45% year-on-year sales growth in its UVs helped save the blushes.

Worryingly, after a few months of demand returning to the entry level duo of the Alto and S-Presso, January 2021 numbers of 25,153 units are down 2.8% (January 2020: 25,885).

The six-car pack of the Wagon R, Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire, which was picking up pace in the past couple of months, is also down. Altogether they have sold a total of 76,935 units, down a sizeable 8.8% (January 2020: 84,340).

The utility vehicle segment, a market which is seeing massive competition as well as a continued wave of demand, sees Maruti Suzuki notch solid growth and helps keep the company from registering a bigger decline. The quintet of the Gypsy, Ertiga, S-Cross, Vitara Brezza and XL6 sold 23,887 units, up 45% YoY (January 2020: 16,460), slightly down on December 2020’s  25,701 units and bettering November 2020’s 23,753 units.

The premium Ciaz sedan, which has seen slow sales for a long time, sold 1,347 units, up 61% YoY albeit on a low year-ago base (January 2020: 835). In December 2020, the Ciaz had sold 1,270 units , 1,870 units in November, 1,422 in October, 1,534 in September and 1,223 in August.

The two vans – Eeco and Omni – sold 11,680 units, down 5.2% YoY (January 2020: 12,234. 

The growing demand for the two Toyota-Suzuki models – Toyota Glanza and Urban Cruiser – which Maruti Suzuki makes for Toyota Kirloskar Motor, has resulted in the company selling 5,703 units to TKM, which constitutes 153% YoY growth (January 2020: 2,249).  In fact, TKM has reported that the two models have together crossed the 50,000 units mark last month.