The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

: Do­mes­tic sales at Maruti Suzuki In­dia Ltd jumped 22% to 110,405 units in July over a year ago, In­dia's car mar­ket leader said in a state­ment on Satur­day.

The growth was led by a 33% in­crease in sales of the com­pany's en­try-level mod­els, in­clud­ing the WagonR and the Alto, which rose to 37,752 units against 28,759 units in the year­ago pe­riod. All other seg­ments, in­clud­ing com­pact, su­per­com­pact and util­ity ve­hi­cles, too, also saw sales surge over a year ago. Maruti Suzuki plans to launch its maiden com­pact sport util­ity ve­hi­cle S-Cross on 5 Au­gust to take on Hyundai's Creta, the Ford Ecos­port and Re­nault's Duster. The com­pany's ex­ports dur­ing the month, how­ever, re­mained muted at 11,307 units against 11,287 units a year ago.

Car sales in In­dia grew 1.53% in June, the slow­est in five months. In­dus­try body So­ci­ety of In­dian Au­to­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers sin­gled out an­nual plant main­te­nance shut­downs as the rea­son for putting the brakes on growth.

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