Maruti Suzuki delivers 1,600 cars amid easing lockdown
With some amount of economic activity being allowed in the country post May 4, carmakers have been able to start a phased return to production. This has also allowed some dealerships in green and orange zones across the country to be operational.
This has brought some respite for the auto industry, after the zero sales figures from April. Maruti Suzuki has delivered 1,600 cars while Hyundai has sold over 600. These have mostly been cars that were booked before the lockdown, and originally planned for delivery during the festivities in April. But given the complete shutdown, these orders were not fulfilled.
In the past few weeks, all major carmakers had announced online portals that assist buyers through the entire buying process. Further, heightened hygiene and social distancing norms have been put in place as dealerships across the country open steadily. Car companies are hoping that these measures will account for a percentage of sales in the coming months. Other measures like fully sanitised test-drive vehicles and deliveries are also being put in place. Thermal scanners, hand sanitisers, digitised documentation and staggered visits by prospective buyers are some measures being put in place at the dealership level.