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Maruti Suzuki to hike vehicle prices from next month

Over past year, costs of its vehicles have been impacted due to rise in input costs

vitara brezza ahlawat (File) Maruti Suzuki unveiled Vitara Brezza at the Auto Expo | Sanjay Ahlawat

Car market leader Maruti Suzuki India on Wednesday said it will increase prices of its vehicles from January to offset the adverse impact of rising input costs.

Over the past year, costs of the company's vehicles have been impacted adversely due to increase in various input costs, Maruti Suzuki India said in a regulatory filing.

"Hence, it has become imperative for the company to pass on some impact of the above additional cost to customers through a price increase in January 2021. This price increase shall vary for different models," it added.

At present, Maruti Suzuki sells a range of vehicles from entry-level small car Alto, with price starting at Rs 2.95 lakh, to multi-purpose vehicle XL6 priced up to Rs 11.52 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

The company's announcement comes at a time when the carmaker is recovering from the lockdown-induced disruptions. In November, it had posted a 2.4 per cent decline in total domestic passenger vehicle sales at 1,35,775 units as against 1,39,133 in the same month last year.

However, its overall sales, including exports, were at 1,53,223 units as against 1,50,630 in November 2019, a growth of 1.7 per cent.  

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