India leading automaker, Maruti Suzuki has reported a 9.2 per cent rise in sales during the month of July even as the company faced a strike, strife, violence and lockouts at its major manufacturing facility in Manesar, Haryana.
The company sold 82,234 units during the month compared to 75,300 units in July 2011. The sales for the domestic market were around 71,024 units during the month compared to 66,504 in the same month in the previous year.
The sales of compact sedan Dzire rose to 11,413 units while sales of M800, Alto, WagonR and A Star fell 23.7 per cent to 28,998 units. The sales of Maruti Suzuki SX4 fell by 70.5 per cent as sales stood at only 679 units in July 2012. It only managed to sell only 2 units of its luxury sedan Kizashi during the month.
Exports during the month rose 27.4 per cent to 11,210 units in July 2012 as compared to 8,796 units in July 2011.
Maruti Suzuki has stated damage assessment activities at its plant in Manesar in Haryana after a week of the violent riots by the workers at the site. A riot by workers that left Awanish Kumar Dev, General Manager HR dead in a fire accident and resulted in 90 employees being jailed, is likely to affect the company’s operations and disrupt supplies of models.
The company is now facing a lengthy shutdown that could cost $15 million a day and result in disruption of supplies for its models including Swift. The police have said that they are looking to detail the whole of 3,000 strong workforce of the company’s Manesar factory in Haryana in the incident.