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Maruti, Hyundai to hike prices rates after excise duty increase

Updated on Friday, February 26, 2010, 14:43 Print Email
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New Delhi: Major auto makers in the country on Friday reacted to the government`s decision to increase the central excise duty to 10 percent by saying they will increase car prices -- possibly by up to Rs 25,000.

While the country`s largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), said its car will become costly by two percent, Hyundai Motor India said it will result in a price rise of Rs 6,500-25,000 on average.

"Car prices will go up by about two per cent. This is essential to offset the increase in central excise duty announced by the Finance Minister today," MSI Chairman RC Bhargava said.

The government today increased the central excise duty by two percent to 10 percent, partially rolling back the cut made earlier.

Meanwhile, a Hyundai Motor spokesperson said: "We will be forced to hike our prices by Rs 6,500 to Rs 25,000."

Volvo Auto India also said that the increase in excise duty will result in increase of price of its cars.

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