New Delhi, Sept. 4 -- : With the automobile industry facing a severe slowdown and job losses over the past few months, Maruti Suzuki has decided to shut down the passenger vehicle manufacturing operations of Gurugram plant and Manesar plant in Haryana for two days.

September 7 and 9 will be observed as no production days, it said in a statement on Wednesday. The country's largest passenger vehicle manufacturer reported a 32.7 per cent decline in its sales last month. The company sold 106,413 units including exports as compared to 158,189 vehicles in August 2018.

Even other automobile makers have been reporting falling sales due to sagging consumer sentiment amid the economic slowdown.

"We also closed the plant for a day or two in August,...