Maruti Suzuki retailed a total of 143,245 units in the monthly sales of April 2019 in the country. The company's domestic, OEM and exports stand at 133,704 units, 364 units and 9,177 units, respectively. Primarily due to the ongoing 2019 General Elections, the domestic sales saw a de-growth of 19 percent. Maruti Ciaz, the best-seller in the C-segment sedan, also witnessed low volumes of 2789 units against the 5116 units sold in April 2018 due to the arrival of facelifted version.
The highest dip of 39.8 percent was seen in A-segment, which comprises of Alto & Wagon R. The country's largest automaker was able to sale 22,766 units of both these small cars in April 2019 against the 37,794 units sold in April 2018. The B-segment, featuring India's several best-selling cars like Swift, Baleno, DZire, Ignis and Celerio, also saw a decline by 13.9 percent as April 2019 sales stood at 72,146 units against the 83,834 units sold in April 2018. Even the sales of min-van segment, which has Eeco and Omni, dropped by 26.7 percent as Maruti sold 11,649 units in April 2019 against the 15,886 units sold during the same month last year. The exports too were hit by 14.6 percent as they stood at 9177 units against the 8008 units in April 2018.
The big respite for Maruti came from the SUV and MPV segment where it has presence in form of S-Cross, Vitara Brezza and Ertiga. The company resgistered a growth of 5.9 percent as the April 2019 sales stood at 22,035 against the 20,804 sold during same month last year. Also, the Super Carry saved the day for Maruti as it recorded an instrumental growth of 50.2 percent by retailing 2,319 units against the 1,544 units sold in April 2018. In all, it was indeed a tough month of Maruti as the buyers refrained from buying new vehicles. However, we expect that the sales will be on track once the 2019 General election are over by the end of this month and a new Union Government is formed.