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Maruti Suzuki India Ltd sells 161+ lakh cars in may, highest ever monthly exports

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: India largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki on Wednesday announced it sold a total of 161,413 cars in may 2022 including 1,28,000 units locally, 6,222 units in supply to the other OEM and export of 27,191 units rounded out the month’s total sales. It was Maruti Suzuki’s highest ever monthly exports. The largest carmaker in the country noted that the shortage of electronic components had a minor impact on vehicle production, especially on domestic models.

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However, the sales figures for May 2022 are not comparable with that of May 2021 as the operations last year were significantly affected due to Covid-19 related disruptions, says Maruti.

In FY 2021-22, Maruti Suzuki shipped a total of 238,376 units, the most in any financial year. In March 2022, the firm exported 26,496 units, the greatest monthly export total ever. This highlighted Maruti Suzuki’s commitment to the Make-in-India initiative of the Indian government.

The combined sales of Baleno, Celerio, Dzire, Ignis, Swift, Tour S and WagonR in the compact space led to a total of 67,947 units last month against 20,343 units in May 2021 with a YoY volume increase of 234 per cent. The Ciaz midsize sedan posted 586 units against 349 units in May 2021 with a YoY growth of 67.9 per cent. The total domestic sales including PVs, LCV, sales to the other OEM and exports stood at 1,61,413 units against 46,555 units during the same period in 2021 with a growth of 246.7 per cent.

Earlier, Maruti Suzuki India said The government should reconsider the proposal to make six airbags mandatory in passenger vehicles. The company added that the rule would harm the already shrinking small car market and could even have a negative impact on jobs in the auto sector in the future.

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According to Maruti, The law will have a significant impact on the cost-conscious entry-level car category, which has been battling headwinds and declining sales for the past three years, making it even more difficult for two-wheeler users to convert to compact automobiles.

Earlier, the road transport ministey announced that carmakers would be required to include a minimum of six airbags in motor vehicles From October, with a capacity of up to eight people for better occupant safety.

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