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Maruti and Tata sales fall as Indian automakers brace for virus impact

Withdrawal of some diesel models hurts Maruti sales

Maruti's sales took a beating after the company decided to stop production of a few diesel vehicles, according to analysts.

MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Maruti Suzuki India, the nation's largest carmaker, said its February sales fell after it discontinued certain diesel models, even as a parts shortage triggered by the coronavirus outbreak in China threatens industrywide production.

The Suzuki Motor unit's sales including exports dropped 1.1% on-year to 147,110 vehicles last month, the company said in a statement on Sunday. Domestic sales of Maruti's cars, minivans, and sport-utility vehicles fell 2.3% to 133,702 units, while exports gained 7.1% to 10,261 units.

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