Maruti Suzuki's sales to grow 5% in Jan-Mar 2019: Chairman
Bhargava, in a media interaction here said that the first quarter of the calendar year 2019 would reverse the recent subdued trend.
"The wholesale figures in the first quarter next year will rise again, not to double digits, but to around 5 per cent. It will reverse the trend which you had in the last five-six months of low growth," he said.
He noted that likely offloading of stocks in December due to offers and incentives, would result in firm wholesale demand in the March ending quarter. "Good response" for the Ertiga also would pump sales, Bhargava told reporters.
Bhargava also spelled out the company's plans to stop manufacturing Bharat Stage (BS)-IV compliant cars by the end of 2019. "Broadly, the production of BS-VI will largely come to a stop by December 2019," he said.
The company's decision is in line with the Supreme Court's order stating that no BS-IV vehicle should be sold in the country from April 1, 2020 as the BS-VI emission norms would come into force.
"In BS-VI, diesel car price will go up substantially and we will have to consider the customer preference to a diesel car at the new price of a BS-VI diesel car, which will be roughly Rs 2.5 lakh more than a petrol car of BS-VI," he said.
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