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June 3, 2003

INDIA: Maruti boosts sales 46% year on year in May

Indian new car market leader Maruti Udyog, which builds and sells Suzuki-designed vehicles, boosted sales 46% year on year in May to 39,178 units, the company said in a statement.

By bcusack

Indian new car market leader Maruti Udyog, which builds and sells Suzuki-designed vehicles, boosted sales 46% year on year in May to 39,178 units, the company said in a statement.

In April, the company’s sales grew 30% year on year, following on from record monthly sales of 42,123 vehicles in March. Maruti started production at a third car plant during May.

Sales of the [previous generation Suzuki Alto-based] Maruti 800 reached 16,907 units in May up 80% year on year. April sales of this model were 50% higher year on year in April.

Omni sales grew 13% year on year in May while the WagonR, a ‘mini minivan’, set a record at 5,179 units, up 132% year on year.

The new generation Alto, for which Maruti is the world production base, notched up home market sales of 3,317 in May, almost 57% up year on year.

Exports of 2,664 vehicles were up 47% year on year in May, reflecting strong international demand for the recently redesigned Alto.

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