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Maruti Suzuki's sales jump casts hope before India festive season

Country's top automaker remains cautious amid virus and rise of S Korean rivals

Maruti Suzuki president Kenichi Ayukawa, right, poses at a press event in New Delhi in 2015. He has just been appointed as president of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Maruti Suzuki, India's top carmaker, is leading the recovery of new car sales in the South Asian country which now has the world's second-highest number of coronavirus cases.

The unit of Japanese group Suzuki Motor announced on Sept. 1 that its passenger vehicle sales had jumped 21% on the year to 113,033 units. Among other categories, sales of mini cars with engine capacity of less than 1,000cc and an overall length of no more than 3.6 meters, such as the Alto and S-Presso models, nearly doubled compared with last year.

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