Coronavirus lockdown impact: Maruti Suzuki India reports nil domestic sales in April 2020

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Maruti Suzuki India exported 632 units after the port operations resumed in April 2020.
  • India is under a lockdown till May 3 to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic from escalating further.
  • As of now, more than 35,000 people in India have tested positive for Covid-19.

Maruti Suzuki India had suspended production at its Gurugram and Manesar facilities on March 22 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Maruti Suzuki records zero sales in April due to lockdown
Maruti Suzuki records zero sales in April due to lockdown

Maruti Suzuki India has reported zero domestic sales for the month of April 2020 due to the closure of its production facilities, amid the nationwide lockdown announced to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the automobile manufacturer did export 632 units after the port operations resumed during the month.

“Maruti Suzuki India Ltd had zero sales in the domestic market, (including sales to OEM), in April 2020. This was because in compliance with the government orders all production facilities were closed,” the automobile manufacturer said in a statement.

Maruti Suzuki India had suspended production at its Gurugram and Manesar facilities on March 22, due to the coronavirus outbreak. In March 2020, it had sold 76,976 units in the domestic market and 2,104 units to the domestic OEMs, and exported 4,712 units.

A 21-day nationwide lockdown was announced in India on March 24. While the lockdown became effective from March 25, it was initially scheduled to end on April 14. However, the lockdown was extended till May 3 to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic from escalating further.

As of now, more than 35,000 people in India have tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel-coronavirus, and the death toll has crossed 1,100. On the global scale, over 32.67 lakh Covid-19 positive cases have been reported, while there have been at least 2.33 lakh deaths due to the disease.

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