The day-long shutdown at Maruti's two plants comes ahead of a six-day scheduled maintenance closure later this month.
Sales of trucks and buses are seen growing 7-9 per cent in 2013/14 which began on April 1.
Sales of motorcycle dropped 8.3 per cent and truck and bus sales was down 6 per cent respectively in March.
Sales of motorcycles dropped 4.5 per cent in February to 800,185 vehicles.
Slumping GDP growth, rising fuel prices and expensive credit have slashed car sales in India.
Automakers sold 141,083 cars in India in December, according to data released by the SIAM.
The country's industry association has slashed its full year growth estimate to just 1-3 per cent from an initial 10-12 per cent.
Total sale of vehicles across categories registered a dip of 9.43 per cent to 14,18,134 units last month, as against 15,65,757 units in September 2011.
The industry body had forecast a growth of 9-11 per cent in the 2012-13 fiscal.
Mahindra & Mahindra also reported a healthy 19.77 per cent jump in domestic sales at 42,826 units during the month.
The company had sold 1,04,073 units in the same month last year, Maruti Suzuki India said in a statement.
Hit by high interest rates and rising fuel costs, car sales in India grew by just 2.19 per cent in 2011-12, the slowest since 2008-09.
Maruti Suzuki, the country's biggest car maker, sold 10.8 percent less cars in the 12 months to March than a year previous.
The country's largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki has reported 5.18 per cent rise in sales to 1,15,433 units for January.
Indian automakers sold 159,325 cars last month, according to data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.
Domestic passenger car sales stood at 1,38,521 units in October, as against 1,81,704 units in the same month last year.
Commercial vehicles sales were up by 16 per cent to 47,238 units from the same month last year, Tata Motors said.
Higher interest rates, rising fuel prices and vehicle costs crimped demand in India.
Demand is likely to remain strong in the near-term on a robust economic outlook and the easy availability of finance.
But higher raw material prices, a rise in interest rates and hike in fuel prices threaten to spoil the party.