Maruti Suzuki India’s domestic sales in September grew 12.7% year on year to 88,801 new cars, after a sharp 35% drop in August affected by worker violence at the Manesar facility.
Sales recovered to a pre-riot level as assembly lines resumed operating in late August at the violence-hit factory in the northern state of Haryana, while another factory operated at full capacity, Maruti Suzuki told Kyodo News.
Maruti Suzuki said the factory’s production had reached half the pre-riot level and was, later this month, expected to rise to the pre-riot level.
The company is also eyeing raising wages and taking other steps to improve management-labour relations.
Maruti Suzuki’s fiscal 2012 half-year sales to the end of September totalled 473,218 units, almost unchanged year on year. Ahead of the autumn marketing season, the company is aiming for 1m domestic sales for the third consecutive full fiscal year.
Toyota Motor Corp.’s Indian unit, meanwhile, said September sales dropped 5.4% to 12,115 new cars, owing largely to slow sales of its strategic Etios compact car series.