Maruti to raise car prices by 2-4 pct from Jan in india

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd , India’s largest carmaker, plans to raise prices of its cars by 2 to 4 percent from January due to an increase in input costs, its executive director R.S. Kalsi said on Monday.

Maruti joins carmakers including Indian units of BMW AG and General Motors Co that also plan to raise prices of their cars by up to 5 percent from January, the companies have said earlier.

The increase in prices come despite slowing sales of passenger vehicles which are expected to grow at less than 4 percent this fiscal year that started on April 1, according to the Society of Indian automobiles Manufacturers.

The industry body had earlier said sales would grow between five percent and 10 percent in this fiscal year.

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, India’s top utility vehicle maker, also raised prices of its passenger and commercial vehicles, and tractors in November to offset rise in input costs.

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