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Maruti sales dip marginally in February

Country's largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) today reported a marginal decline in total sales in February at 1,17,451 units as against 1,18,551 units in the same month last year.

Company's domestic sales however increased during the month to 1,08,115 units as against 1,07,892 units in February 2015.

"During the month, the reservation agitation had disrupted component supplies, causing a temporary suspension of production by the company. Total production loss due to this was over 10,000 units. Despite that, the company was able to achieve marginal growth in domestic sales," MSI said.

Sales of mini segment cars, including Alto and WagonR, declined 11.2% to 35,495 units as compared to 39,988 units in the year-ago month, MSI said in a statement.

Sales of the compact segment comprising Swift, Estilo, Ritz, Dzire and Baleno increased marginally to 42,970 units in February this year as against 42,778 units in the year-ago period.

MSI said sales of its compact sedan Dzire Tour increased 38% during the month under review at 3,522 units as against 2,552 units in February 2015.

The sales of company's mid-sized sedans Ciaz stood at 5,162 units, down 4.6% as against 5,410 units in February last year. There was no sale of premium sedan Kizashi during the month.

Sales of utility vehicles, including Gypsy, Grand Vitara, Ertiga and S-Cross rose 44.7% at 8,484 units in February this year from 5,863 units in the corresponding month last year.

Sales of Omni and Eeco vans rose 10.5% to 12,482 units in February this year as compared to 11301 units in the same period of previous year. Exports during the month declined 12.4% to 9,336 units as compared to 10,659 units in February last year, MSI said.