Deccan Chronicle

Robust demand for SUVS drives July vehicle sales

- MICHAEL GONSALVES PUNE, AUGUST 1

Passenger vehicles sales continue their sales momentum for the seventh straight month this year on the back of robust demand for SUVS and new model launches.

Easing of chip shortage reduced the waiting period, which drove SUV sales up in July.

Sales of passenger vehicles at Maruti Suzuki rose 6.5 per cent at 1,52,126 units in July compared to 1,42,850 units sold in the same month last year. Its senior executing officer Shashank Srivastava pointed out that the contributi­on of SUVS in its overall sales was 49.1 per cent in July.

Sales at Hyundai Motor increased to 50,701 units in July, up from 50,500 units sold same month last year. “Our domestic July sales volume is backed by a strong SUV portfolio, which has been bolstered by the addition of Hyundai Exte,”said Tarun Garg, chief operating officer, Hyundai Motor India.

Sales at Tata Motors were at 47,689 units. The company sold 6,329 units of EVS in July, up by 53 per cent from 4,151 units last year.

Sales at Mahindra and Mahindra surged 29 per cent to 36,205 units in July. It sold 28,053 units last year. “We are excited to clock the highest-ever SUV domestic sales of 36,205 in July,” said Veejay Nakra, president-automotive division at M&M.

PASSENGER vehicles sales continue their sales momentum for the seventh straight month this year on the back of robust demand for SUVS and new model launches.

He said the XUV700 model grew 1 lakh strong, in a record 20 months. Also, Scorpio achieved the highest sales in a month since its launch. Robust demand for its key brands continued.

Sales at Toyota Kirloskar Motor rose 10 per cent to 20,759 units as against 19,693 units sold last year. “We are confident of recording one of our strongest years in sales this year,” said Atul Sood, vice president, sales and strategic marketing at TKM.

MG Motor saw 25 per cent rise in sales to 5,012 units in July, up from 4,013 units last year. Its retail sales were impacted due to floods in parts of the country recently.

Sales at Honda Cars were down to 4,864 units in July from 6,784 units last year. Yuichi Murata, director, marketing and sales at Honda Cars India said it was witnessing a positive demand for its City and Amaze.

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