Maruti Suzuki has registered zero domestic sales in April 2020 for the first time ever. The carmaker could now partially start operations at the Manesar production facility.
The whole nation is facing a very serious situation for more than a month now. With all the production facilities and dealerships having suspended their operations, the Indian automobile industry is facing a huge loss every day. India’s biggest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has recently registered zero domestic sales in April 2020, and we can safely expect almost every automaker to report the same figures.
Nevertheless, the Indian government has now allowed the carmaker to partially resume its operation in Gujarat. In line with this, Maruti Suzuki exported 632 cars from Mundra port. Furthermore, the automaker could also partially resume the vehicle manufacturing processes at its Manesar facility in Haryana in the coming days. Apparently, the company has already received the permission from the district administration to resume operations through a single shift.
The government has allowed Maruti Suzuki to start operations with 4,696 employees and manufacturing only 50 vehicles per day. The car manufacturer suspended all the sales and production services on 22nd March, which is when the Modi government implemented countrywide Janta curfew. Maruti Suzuki faced 47 per cent decline in the overall sales in March this year. The automaker has retailed 83,792 units compared to the 1,58,076 vehicles sold in the same month last year.
In a recent press statement, Mr R.C. Bhargava chairman at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd said, “If buyers become apprehensive of sharing space with another passenger it will increase demand for vehicles."
“It’s not the same India anymore. People’s attitudes toward buying will change," he added.
The govenment has granted permission to Maruti Suzuki India Ltd to partially run the Manesar facility
As soon as the the situation improves lifts, Maruti will introduce the 2020 S-Cross facelift in the Indian market. The updated crossover SUV will not carry even subtle cosmetic and feature updates. However, mchanically, the new model will be offered with a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre, four-pot gasoline engine that produces 130bhp of maximum power at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine will come paired with a 5-speed MT or an optional 4-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox. The same power plant does duties in Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6.