Passenger vehicle sales rose 9.5 per cent in February as buyers continued to regain confidence and shook off any lingering effects of demonetisation, buoyed by new launches, especially in the utility vehicle segment, such as Maruti Suzuki's Vitara Brezza. According to industry estimates issued, car makers sold 2,56,342 units in February , up from 2,34,154 in the year-ago period.
The country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki continued to fare well, reporting an 11.5 per cent rise in domestic sales to 1,20,599 units.Though sales of small cars such as the Alto and WagonR declined by 6.8 per cent to 33,079 units, those of compacts such as the Swift, Ignis, Celerio, Baleno and DZire rose 9.4 per cent to 47,002 units. Sales of the Ciaz sedan rose 14 per cent to 5,886 units. Demand in the utility vehicle segment more than doubled to 17,863 units, led by strong demand for the Vitara Brezza.