Official statistics for the overall market are not yet available but India's leader in the passenger car segment, Maruti Suzuki (MSIL), says its sales hit a record level in July. The Indian-Japanese OEM has also announced its long awaited entry to India's light commercial sector, and just-auto has future models news.

MSIL had an uncharacteristically weak June, its numbers falling by 10 percent but it bounced back in July with registrations rising by 14 percent, reaching 125,778 compared to 110,405 in June 2015. The Baleno, Brezza and Ciaz are the main reasons for the sales surge.

In a related development, Maruti has just entered India's LCV market, taking on Tata Motors, with the launch of the locally built Suzuki Super Carry mini truck. MSIL notes in its media release that the commercial vehicle segment reached 700,000 registrations in India's fiscal 2015.

Maruti has multiple new models on the way, inlcuding the next Wagon R. This car, due in 2017, is expected to be one of the first to be manufactured at MSIL's forthcoming vehicle plant in the state of Gujarat. There will reportedly be both five- and seven-seater versions. The model codes for these are YCA and YJC. Y9T, a new Omni, is also due for release next year.