Maruti’s ramped up the sale of utility vehicles, including Gypsy, Grand Vitara, Ertiga, S-Cross and compact SUV VitaraBrezza, which saw a jump of 29.8 per cent. Toyota's popular UV models Innova Crysta and Fortuner continued to enjoy good growth and demand in the market. Sales of Mahindra’s passenger vehicles, including Scorpio, XUV500, Xylo, Bolero and Verito, dipped by 5.35 per cent at 23,413 units compared to 24,737 units in the same month last year.
Exports of Toyota’s Etios Series saw a huge jump of 63.96 per cent. Toyota exported 1,597 units of the Etios series in October 2017 compared to 974 in the same month last year. Exports for Maruti in October this year grew by 4.2 per cent to 10,446 units compared to 10,029 units in the same month last year. Mahindra’s Exports declined by 28.91 per cent to 2,331 units in October against 3,279 units in the year-ago month. On the exports front, Tata Motors said its overseas shipments last month were at 4,311 units, down 32 per cent year on year.
On the sales performance, Toyota Director and Senior Vice- President - Sales and Marketing, N Raja said: "We are happy that the festive season has given a positive push to the domestic sales in the auto industry. There is a spur in the customer demand."
Commercial vehicle sales of Mahindra and Mahindra increased by 6.76 per cent to 19,279 units in October against 18,059 units in the year-ago period, M&M said. Tata’s domestic sales of commercial vehicles last month stood at 32,411 units as against 30,189 in October 2016, up 7 per cent. Ashok Leyland’s sale of medium and heavy commercial vehicles declined by 5 per cent to 9,110 units as against 9,575 in the year-ago month. Ashok Leyland’s sale of light commercial vehicle grew by 29 per cent to 3,804 units compared to 2,959 units in October last year.