Slowdown in demand forced the company to suspend production temporarily

Tata Motors on Saturday said it had resumed production of passenger vehicles at facilities in Pune and Sanand, following temporary suspension in the face of a slowdown in demand in the domestic market.

“Production at Tata Motors' Sanand plant has resumed after a temporary suspension for about a fortnight. This was done for maintenance and to rationalise and align inventory,” the company said in a statement.

When contacted, a Tata Motors spokesperson said the company had undertaken a similar halt of productions for seven days at its Pune facility. He, however, declined to share the details of the amount of production cut by the company.

Production of commercial vehicles at the Pune, Pantnagar, Jamshedpur and Lucknow facilities was normal, he added.

Drop in July production

According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Tata Motors' production of passenger vehicles in July declined by 21.63 per cent to 28,344 units compared to the year-ago period.

Domestic sales of passenger vehicles during the month also fell by 32.64 per cent to 22,011 units. The Sanand facility produces small car Nano, while the Pune plant rolls out vehicles such as passenger cars Indica and Indigo.

Earlier, the country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) had said that it had cut production of most of its models, including the best selling Alto, by up to 10 per cent during this month, due to slump in demand in the domestic market.

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