CCI dismisses abuse of dominance case against Maruti Suzuki

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has dismissed an information filed by a purchaser of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.’s (MSIL) Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) – Jimny, alleging that MSIL abused its dominant position by selling a limited edition ‘Thunder’ variant of Jimny at a lower price, thereby, cheating their initial customers to the tune of Rs.2 Lacs. The CCI held that considering the comparatively relatable market share of MSIL and Mahindra & Mahindra in 2022 & 2023, MSIL does not appear to be in a dominant position in the SUV segment of the passenger cars market in India. The CCI further noted that once a buyer purchases a product for a given price, it cannot insist to claim benefit of any future discounts which are offered by the seller.