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India auto sales jump 51% last quarter, topping pre-COVID level

Maruti Suzuki maintains solid lead amid rebound, while Tata surges

A Maruti Suzuki dealership in Mumbai. The automaker's sales rose about 40% last quarter. (Photo by Ryosuke Hanada)

MUMBAI -- Sales of new passenger and commercial vehicles in India rose 51% on the year in the April-June quarter to roughly 1.13 million, an even stronger showing than in 2019 before the pandemic, industry figures show.

Passenger vehicle sales grew 41% to 910,000 units, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. But as inflation concerns mount, it remains unclear whether this rebound will continue.

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