STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Kolkata, 1 October
Automobile companies today reported a mixed sales performance for the month of September. While the country’s largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki reporting around 12 per cent jump in sales, Tata Motors and Mahindra and Mahindra registered significant decline in their sales numbers for the month.
Car market leader Maruti Suzuki India sold a total of 104,964 units in September 2013. This included 14,565 units for export, the company said in a statement. Maruti had sold a total of 93,988 units in the same month last year, thereby registering a sales growth of 11.7 per cent during the just-concluded month.
Domestic auto major Tata Motors reported a more than 33 per cent decline in sales number during the month of September. Its total sales, including exports, of commercial and passenger vehicles in September 2013 were 50,427 units.
Out of that, it sold 45,998 units in the domestic market during the month and the balance were exported, the company said in a Press release issued here. Tata Motors sold a total of 75,773 units in the corresponding month of the previous year.
India&’s leading SUV manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra reported a 10 per cent decline in sales during September this year. It sold a total of 43,289 units during the month under review compared with 48,342 units it had sold in the corresponding month of the previous year.
Speaking on the performance, Mr Pravin Shah, chief executive, automotive division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, said: “While there has been a growth over August 2013, it is not to the extent that makes us comfortable, especially as we approach the festive season." 
Mr Saha said the auto industry is definitely in need of a trigger in terms of a stimulus to boost consumer sentiments leading to a turnaround in the sector as well as a revival of the economy in general.
Country&’s second-largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor India also reported a four per cent fall in sales in September.
The company registered a cumulative sales of 51,418 units for the month compared with sales of 53,557 units in September last year.
Commenting on the sales, Mr Rakesh Srivastava, senior vice-president, sales and marketing, HMIL said: “In the current market scenario, volume growth is a big challenge. We expect the market challenges to continue and have a cautious optimism for upcoming festive season.”