Maruti Suzuki sold zero cars in India in April 2020
In an unprecedented situation, Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest carmaker reported that it had sold no cars in the country in April 2020. The lockdown initiated by the government as a measure to control the spread of COVID19, has meant that production facilities have been shut throughout the month, as have dealerships.
The auto industry, given the nature of its business, has been one of the most heavily affected. But the first steps are being taken to return to some level of normalcy. Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai plan on partially resuming production by May. Further, the government is looking to lift the lockdown in a graded manner from May 3, with the designated Green Zones opening for business once again. This should mean that May will see more sales numbers.
More carmakers are also expected to report similar figures to that of Maruti Suzuki. Although many of them have come up with online sales platforms to circumvent the distancing measures, we expect these portals to still account for a limited portion of sales.
With port operations opening up, Maruti Suzuki exported a shipment of 632 units from Mundra port in April. The company recently launched the facelifted Maruti Suzuki Dzire and is also expected to launch the petrol-powered BSVI version of the S-Cross soon. The company is also set to manufacture Toyota's version of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza later this year.
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