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Maruti Suzuki and Renault drive India's auto rebound

Dealers rev engines as purchases jump from zero in April to 183,000 in July

A traffic jam on a highway after some restrictions are lifted during a nationwide lockdown in Mumbai in June.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- India's automobile market appeared to shake off the coronavirus last month, with nearly 183,000 new vehicles sold three months after dealers were desperate to sell any cars due to the nationwide lockdown.

July's sales of new passenger vehicles stood at 182,779 units, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, down just 4% from a year earlier. The numbers are based on deliveries to dealerships.

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