While we are now firmly in 2021, the turmoil brought over by the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t left in its entirety. There are still manufacturers that are struggling to cope with the rise in input costs along with the shortage of semiconductors and other vital hardware. For the nation’s largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki, some of these challenges have been a part of their recovery too. For the most part, while there are fluctuations in volumes across a few segments, the company has been well on the road to recovery. With nearly 47 percent of the market share in India, Maruti Suzuki’s position is hard to topple.
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The Ertiga is one of the best-selling MPVs in India
February 2021 witnessed Maruti Suzuki selling 164,469 units in total (domestic + export), resulting in an 11.8 percent growth year-over-year. The total figure takes into account 147,483 units that were sold locally, 11,486 units that were exported, and 5,500 units that were sold to other OEMs. Compared to the 2,699 units that were sold to other OEMs in February 2020, last month saw impressive growth of 103.8 percent! On the exports front, Maruti Suzuki shipped 10,261 units in February 2020 – equating to a jump of 11.9 percent, year-over-year. Meanwhile, the automaker had sold 134,150 units in February 2020, which went up last month by a margin of 9.9 percent.
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Sales of the Super Carry in February 2021 grew by 507 percent!
The promising sales in February 2021 were helped by Maruti Suzuki’s Super Carry LCV, which sold 2,722 units. For comparison, sales of the Super Carry in February 2020 stood at just 448 units – year-over-year, that’s a growth of over 507 percent! Maruti Suzuki further managed to sell 11,891 units of the Eeco van last month which equals 5.9 percent growth, year-over-year.
Sales of the Vitara Brezza remain solid
Meanwhile, models like the Vitara Brezza, Ertiga, S-Cross, and XL6 collectively sold 26,884 units in February 2021. When compared to the 22,604 units sold in February 2020, that’s a sales growth of 18.9 percent, year-over-year. On the other hand, sales of the Ciaz last month were down by over 40 percent – moving only 1,510 units.
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Sales of the Ciaz saw a sharp decline in February 2021
On a similar note, sales of the Alto and S-Presso also saw a decline in February 2021. Combined, Maruti Suzuki only managed to sell 23,959 units last month – a fall of 12.9 percent, year-over-year. Fortunately for Maruti Suzuki, the growing sales of models like the Baleno, Celerio, Ignis, Dzire, Swift, and WagonR helped. In February 2021, the automaker was able to move a combined total of 80,517 units – a growth of 15.3 percent, year-over-year.
The S-Presso didn’t sell that well in February either
One of Maruti Suzuki’s strongest performing models in India is the Swift hatchback. The Swift has continued to remain in the leader boards for a long time, even trumping the sales achieved by the Alto. And with the arrival of the facelifted 2021 iteration, Maruti Suzuki will see its favorite hatchback perform strongly for several more moons.
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The facelifted Swift was just launched in February 2021
Similarly, sales of the Dzire subcompact sedan and the Vitara Brezza crossover show no signs of slowing down. The Vitara Brezza remains a top pick for many buyers in the segment, despite it being one of the oldest. Somewhat of the same applies to the stylish Baleno hatchback as well. While it may not boast the cutting-edge in features, it and its Toyota Glanza cousin do decent numbers. One of the other big wins for Maruti Suzuki also came about in February 2021. This is because last month, Maruti Suzuki achieved a milestone as it crossed the 2 million units’ figure for the export market.
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