A sign of the carnage on today’s gloom-struck Indian automotive scene, Tata’s passenger car sales on home
turf have more than halved last year.
Moreover, its December sales slumped more than 40 per cent.
Volkswagen too ended last year with some painful bloodletting. In a month that saw sales fall by 4.7
per cent, Volkswagen’s own sales plunged by a third, sending shivers down the spines of its increasingly
anxious masters in Wolfsburg.
But it wasn’t just gloom and despondency.
India's December new car sales
Some carmakers clearly coped with these tough conditions better than others.
In pin-sharp contrast to Tata’s devastating turn in domestic car sales fortunes, some of its rivals coped
significantly better with last year’s woeful trading conditions.
None more so than market leading Maruti-Suzuki.
Heavily reliant on its traditional best-sellers, the market dominating Alto and its Swift,
Maruti-Suzuki closed out last year with a slight improvement in overall
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