Maruti Suzuki, the largest carmaker in the country has re-opened 600 dealerships that had been closed due to the coronavirus and the resultant lockdown. It has also started home-delivery of vehicles. The automaker has also set up a digital infrastructure to allow for potential customers to buy cars, media reports said. A news agency quoted the company’s executive director, marketing and sales Shashank Srivastava as stating that they have made 600-odd dealerships operational in the last few days. The shops are being opened after getting mandatory clearances from the concerned authorities.
The company has around 3,080 dealerships across 1,960 cities and towns in the country. Of the total number of dealerships that have been opened, 474 are Arena outlets, 80 are Nexa dealerships and 45 are commercial vehicle sales outlets. It has also started home delivery of cars with 55 units being already dispatched over the last few days. The manufacturing units, however, remain shut. The company is encouraging potential buyers to opt for the digital purchase and avoid visiting the showrooms. It has also asked dealers to ensure sanitisation of test drive vehicles after each test. Automakers have been badly hit in the pandemic with sales plummeting to zero during the lockdown.