New Delhi | Jagran Business Desk: Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), India's largest carmaker, on Friday said that it sold zero cars in April in the domestic market because of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

In a statement, the Maruti Suzuki India said that it was because in compliance with the government orders all production facilities were closed.  

"Meanwhile, following resumption of port operations, the first export shipment of 632 units was undertaken from the Mundra port, ensuring that all guidelines for safety were followed," Maruti Suzuki India said in a statement.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited Chairman RC Bhargava had earlier said that April would be an unprecedented month for the company.

"There would be some unusual things which would happen. For example, it has never happened that there is a month in the year when there would be zero sales of automobiles. April is going to be such a month," he had told The Hindustan Times.

"A car cannot be manufactured unless all the components of a car is available. So, if someone tells me start one factory here, it doesn't help me. I cannot start that factory for production," he had further said.

Maruti Suzuki manufactures around 1,50,000 cars on an average each month under normal conditions. The company had earlier reported that its production dropped 32 per cent in March as it produced a total of 92,540 units.

Earlier, it had also reported a 1.1 per cent decline in sales at 1,47,110 units in February. The company had sold 1,48,682 units in February last year, the company had said.

Domestic sales dropped 1.6 per cent to 1,36,849 units last month as against 1,39,100 units in February 2019, it added.

Sales of mini cars, comprising Alto and WagonR, stood at 27,499 units as compared with 24,751 units in the same month last year, up 11.1 per cent.

Sales of compact segment, including models such as Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire, declined 3.9 per cent to 69,828 units as against 72,678 cars in February last year.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma