Maruti Is Lead­ing Ex­porter of Pas­sen­ger Cars from In­dia in First Half of the Cur­rent Fis­cal

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In­dia's largest car­maker Maruti Suzuki In­dia has be­come the largest ex­porter of pas­sen­ger cars from In­dia in the first half of the on­go­ing fis­cal. In the April-Septem­ber pe­riod this fis­cal, Maruti Suzuki In­dia ( MSI) ex­ported 57,300 units of pas­sen­ger cars as against 54,008 units in the year-ago pe­riod, up 6 per cent, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est data by So­ci­ety of In­dian Au­to­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers (SIAM). Hyundai Motor In­dia Ltd (HMIL) on the other hand shipped 44,585 units as against 63,014 units in the year­ago pe­riod, a de­cline of 29.25 per cent. The com­pany is now be­hind Volk­swa­gen and Gen­eral Mo­tors In­dia in terms of ex­port of pas­sen­ger cars from In­dia. Dur­ing the first half of the fis­cal, Volk­swa­gen In­dia ex­ported 50,410 units at a growth of 16.92 per cent. It is now the sec­ond big­gest ex­porter of pas­sen­ger cars from In­dia be­hind MSI. Last year, it had ex­ported 43,114 units dur­ing the same pe­riod. In­ter­est­ingly, Gen­eral Mo­tors (GM) which had on May 18 this year de­cided to stop sell­ing its ve­hi­cles in In­dia af­ter strug­gling for over two decades to make a mark, is now the third big­gest ex­porter of pas­sen­ger cars from the coun­try. In the first half of the fis­cal, GM ex­ported 45,222 units as against 30,613 units in the year-ago pe­riod, a growth of 47.72 per cent. The com­pany ex­ports ve­hi­cles from its man­u­fac­tur­ing plant at Tale­gaon in Ma­ha­rash­tra. It has sold its first plant at Halol in Gu­jarat to MG Motor In­dia, an arm of China's SAIC. An­other US auto ma­jor, Ford also posted im­pres­sive growth in ex­ports of pas­sen­ger cars from In­dia dur­ing the pe­riod. The com­pany's over­seas ship­ments stood at 42,412 units as against 31,467 units in the same pe­riod last fis­cal, up 34.78 per cent mak­ing it the fifth big­gest ex­porter from In­dia. Nis­san Motor In­dia, which was the third big­gest ex­porter last year saw its over­seas ship­ments dur­ing the first half of the fis­cal de­cline by 37.11 per cent to 30,872 units from 49,091 units in the same pe­riod last fis­cal. It now oc­cu­pies the sixth spot. MSI how­ever lags be­hind Ford and Hyundai when it comes to ex­port of over­all pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles. Mean­while MSI's com­pact sedan Dzire has over­taken Alto for the sec­ond month in a row to be­come the best sell­ing model in the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to SIAM, MSI's new Dzire clocked sales of 31,427 units in Septem­ber, more than 23,830 units of the Alto. In Au­gust, Dzire had beaten Alto for the first time clock­ing sales 26,140 units against 21,521 units of Alto. Alto had been the undis­puted best sell­ing model in In­dia for over a decade. Six out of the top 10 sell­ing pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle mod­els in Septem­ber were from the sta­ble of Maruti Suzuki In­dia (MSI). The re­main­ing four mod­els were from Hyundai Motor In­dia and Re­nault In­dia. Among the top 10 best sell­ing mod­els in Septem­ber this year, MSI's pre­mium hatch­back Baleno came third with 16,238 units as against 10,623 units in the same month last year. The com­pany's com­pact car Wagon R stood fourth with sales of 14,649 units. It was third in Septem­ber 2016 with sales of 16,645 units. Ri­val Hyundai's hatch­back Grand i10 was at fifth po­si­tion last month with sales of 14,099 units. The model had sold 12,212 units in Septem­ber last year. MSI's Com­pact SUV Vi­tara Brezza stood at sixth po­si­tion with 13,268 units. It was at the ninth po­si­tion in Septem­ber last year with sales of 9,375 units. The com­pany's Swift oc­cu­pied the sev­enth spot with 13,193 units. It was third in the year-ago month with sales of 16,746 units. Hyundai's pre­mium hatch­back Elite i20 stood at eighth po­si­tion last month with sale of 11,574 units, while its SUV Creta was placed ninth with sales of 9,292 units. Re­nault's Kwid com­pleted the list at tenth po­si­tion with sales of 9,099 units.

Ravin­dra Chan­dra Bhar­gava, Chair­man, Maruti Suzuki In­dia Ltd.

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