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Maruti Suzuki Jan sales up 5% after 7 months


The country's largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki has made a turnaround in monthly sales after seven consecutive months of drop, with the company reporting 5.18% rise in sales to 1,15,433 units for January.

The company had sold 1,09,743 units in the same month last year, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement.

MSI's sales had declined for the seventh consecutive month in December 2011 with the firm reporting 7.1% fall at 92,161 units.


In January this year, the national capital-based company sold 1,01,047 units in the domestic market against 1,00,422 units in January, 2011.

In a similar fashion, MSI's exports increased by 54.34% to 14,386 units in January, from 9,321 units in the year-ago period, the company added.

Total passenger car sales in the domestic market went up by 2.42% to 88,377 units last month from 86,285 units in the same month of 2011, it added.

However, sales of the company's mini-segment cars, including the M800, A-Star, Alto and WagonR, fell by 2.38% to 52,036 units from 53,304 units in January, 2011.

In the compact segment (comprising the Estilo, Swift and Ritz models), MSI witnessed a 22.35% up in sales to 25,756 units from 21,051 units in the same month a year ago.

Sales of MSI's DZiRE model, however, decreased by 11.61% to 8,637 units from 9,771 units in the corresponding period a year ago.

In addition, MSI's mid-sized sedan SX4's sales slipped by 9.77% to 1,939 units from 2,149 units in the year-ago month. Luxury sedan Kizashi witnessed sales of 9 units.