Indian automakers raise the bar in March

Updated: April 08, 2012 14:09 IST
After months of declining sales growth, Indian automakers bounced back in March 2012, with all of the largest auto companies posting record unit sales for the month. Here's a quick look at how each of them fared.
Indian automakers raise the bar in March
After months of declining sales growth, Indian automakers bounced back in March 2012, with all of the largest auto companies posting record unit sales for the month. Here's a quick look at how each of them fared.
Indian automakers raise the bar in March
Maruti Suzuki, India's largest carmaker achieved its highest ever monthly domestic sales in March 2012 at 1,12,724 units. It also exported an additional 13,228 units.

The jump in sales is largely on account of the popularity of its Swift and Dzire models.

The compact segment, which includes the Swift, Estilo and Ritz models, grew 23.6 per cent on an annual basis, while sales of Dzire jumped 60.1 per cent.
Indian automakers raise the bar in March
For the first time in its history, Tata Motors, which makes trucks as well as the Nano, crossed the 1,00,000 unit sales milestone in March.

Sales of Tata passenger vehicles for March came in at 36,984 units, the highest ever in a month and a 34 per cent, jump over March 2011.

Sales of the Tata Nano, which was touted as a people's car but has been struggling, finally crossed the 10,000 monthly sales mark, with 10,475 units shipped to dealers.
Indian automakers raise the bar in March
India's largest maker of utility vehicles, Mahindra and Mahindra, saw a 25% rise in its March sales, clocking 47,001 units, against 37,522 units in the corresponding period last fiscal.

Again, this was the highest ever monthly sales for the company. M&M has also had a runaway success on its hands with the XUV500 sports utility vehicle, for which it had to announce a draw of lots. It received over 25,000 applications for 7,200 units on offer.
Indian automakers raise the bar in March
In the two-wheeler segment, Hero Motocorp, which is the world's largest two-wheeler manufacturer, continued to lead the field, reporting its highest-ever unit sales for a full fiscal. In March, it sold 528,290 units, up from 515,852 units in the year-ago period.
Indian automakers raise the bar in March
Not to be left behind in the record-setting trend, India's second largest motorcycle maker by sales, Baja Auto sold 3,00,848 units in March, its highest ever in a month. The number marks a 10 per cent increase in motorcycle sales from the 2,74,392 units dispatched in the same month last fiscal. Its flagship Pulsar motorcycle also reached a cumulative 5 million sales mark.

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