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Hit by a demand slump, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has stopped production of its all petrol cars, while others like Fiat are considering shutting down plants for a few days next month.
While Tata Motors will stop production of commercial vehicles at Pune for three days this week, Maruti Suzuki India will be having its week-long annual maintenance shut down from next week.
"We are having some amount of inventory for our petrol cars and it has gone up to over 30 days. To control the stock from piling up further, we have stopped production of our entire range of petrol cars from June 16," Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) Deputy Managing Director (Commercial) Shekar Viswanathan said.
He, however, did not share the company's plans on how long the petrol car production will continue to be withheld.
TKM rolls out petrol variants of its small car Liva, sedans Etios and Corolla Altis. It also produces a petrol variant of Innova on-demand.
Viswanathan said the company's sales of diesel vehicles are steady, but the waiting periods are coming down.
According to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) data, TKM had rolled out over two-fold more passenger cars in May that stood at 8,511 units.
Expressing similar sentiments, Fiat India Automobiles Ltd (FIAL) said its petrol models are not selling well and it is monitoring the inventory situation at present.
"Depending upon the demand and inventory situation, we may shut down our plant for 2-3 days next month. Currently we are monitoring the inventories at both raw material and vehicles production sides," FIAL President and CEO Rajeev Kapoor said.
The company, which has a joint venture manufacturing facility with Tata Motors at Ranjangaon in Maharashtra, will decide about the closure of the plant in consultation with the partner, he added.
FIAL's car production in last month went down by 57.13 per cent to 1,041 units, SIAM had said.
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