Maruti to shut production at Gurgaon plant for one day

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 08, 2013 14:50 hrs

New Delhi/Gurgaon, March 8 (IANS) Amidst a slowdown in petrol car sales, country's passenger car market leader Maruti Suzuki will observe a daylong shut-down at its Gurgaon plant Saturday.

"Tomorrow (Saturday), there will be a planned shutdown at the Gurgaon plant. This is being done in accordance with the slowdown in market conditions, especially for petrol car sales," a Maruti Suzuki company official told IANS in New Delhi.

According to the company official, the production at the Manesar plant will continue as normal.

Maruti's Gurgaon plant, on an average produces around 3,000 to 3,200 units every day. The plant manufacturers hatchbacks like Maruti800, Alto, WagonR, Estillo and multi-purpose vehicles (MPV) - Ertiga, Omni, Gypsy and Eeco.

The petrol-powered passenger cars have been impacted due to rising fuel and interest costs, as well as a slump in first-time consumer-buying sentiments.

Earlier, the company logged an overall sales dip of 7.9 percent in February at 109,567 units from 118,949 units sold in the corresponding month of 2012.

The domestic sales of the passenger car major fell by nine percent at 97,955 units from an offtake of 107,653 units in the corresponding month of 2012.

The sales of Maruti800, Alto, A-Star, WagonR fell by 15.9 percent last month at 41,311 units from 49,104 units sold in February 2012.

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