Maruti Announces "No-Production Days" In Haryana Plants Amid Auto Crisis

Andrew Cummings
September 5, 2019

The auto industry in India has been reeling under a severe slowdown in the last few months.

The decline in sales has made Maruti Suzuki pause the production of passenger vehicles in their Gurugram and Manesar plant.

In a statement to the stock exchanges, the auto giant said 7 and 9 September 2019, will be observed as no-production days, according to a news report.

The country's largest passenger vehicle manufacturer reported 32.7 per cent decline in its sales last month. Sales of mini cars comprising Alto and WagonR stood at 10,123 units as compared to 35,895 units in the same month a year ago, down 71.8 per cent.

The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India on Sunday reported a almost one-third decline in sales at 1,06,413 units in August. The company sold 106,413 units including exports compared with 158,189 vehicles in August 2018.Even other automobile makers have been reporting falling sales due to sagging consumer sentiment amid the economic slowdown.

Domestic passenger vehicle sales were down 36.1 percent at 93,173 units from 1,45,895 vehicles during the corresponding period past year. The company produced a total of 1,11,370 units in August as against 1,68,725 units in the year-ago month, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a filing to the BSE on Monday. In fact, in 2019, January was the only month that saw a growth (of 15.6%) in production year-on-year.

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