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No Festive Cheer For Carmakers In October

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Domestic passenger vehicle sales rose 1.55 percent in October, snapping three consecutive months of declines.

Passenger vehicle sales in October stood at 2.84 lakh units as against 2.79 lakh units in the year-ago month, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. In July, August and September passenger sales declined 2.71 percent, 2.46 percent and 5.61 percent, respectively.

The growth in the passenger vehicle segment in October is reflective of the overall trend in the automobile industry, said Vishnu Mathur, the director general of SIAM. However, muted consumer sentiment affected festive season demand.

"The real impact of festive sales will be known only next month as Diwali was in November this year. However, till the end of October, sales have been slow and it wasn’t like festive season." - Vishnu Mathur, Director General, SIAM

Here's the break-up of October sales provided by SIAM:

  • Car sales grew 0.38 percent to just over 1.85 lakh units last month.
  • Motorcycle sales grew 20.1 percent to 13.3 lakh units.
  • Total two-wheeler sales rose 17.2 percent to 20.5 lakh units.
  • Commercial vehicle sales jumped 24.8 percent to over 87,000 units.

Vehicle sales across all categories registered a growth of 15.3 percent to 24.9 lakh, according to SIAM.

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On PVs, Mathur said, "The slow growth is mainly due to base effect besides other factors such as increase in insurance, high fuel prices and decline in stock market impacting sentiments."

When asked if those factors affected festive mood, Mathur said, "The real impact of festive sales will be known only next month as Diwali was in November this year. However, till the end of October, sales have been slow and it wasn't like festive season."

He, however, said SIAM was maintaining its growth forecast for PVs at 7-9 per cent for the fiscal.

In the April-October period this fiscal, total PV sales have grown by 6.10 per cent to 20,28,529 units as against 19,11,883 units in the year-ago period, SIAM said.

SIAM Deputy Director General, Sugato Sen, said October PV sales were as per expectations and going forward the industry body expects it to pick up further in the remaining part of the fiscal.

During the month, market leader Maruti Suzuki India posted a marginal growth of 0.61 per cent in PV sales at 1,35,948 units. Rival Hyundai Motor India also posted 4.87 per cent increase at 52,001 units.

Homegrown utility vehicle major Mahindra & Mahindra posted 2.75 per cent increase in its PV sales at 24,056 units in October.

In October, car sales grew marginally by 0.38 per cent to 1,85,400 units last month as against 1,84,706 units in the same month last year.

SIAM said total two-wheeler sales in October were up 17.23 per cent to 20,53,497 units as against 17,51,608 units in the year-ago month.

The growth was mainly on the back of good motorcycle sales, which increased 20.14 per cent last month to 13,27,758 units compared to 11,05,140 units in October 2017.

"There is a strong demand coming from rural markets for motorcycles which is driving the sales growth to a large extent," Mathur said.

During the month, market leader Hero MotoCorp saw its bike sales grow by 18.83 per cent to 6,42,374 units.

Rival Bajaj Auto also witnessed a 33.1 per cent jump at 2,81,582 units, while Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) also posted 16.33 per cent growth in its bike sales at 1,68,020 units in October.

Scooter sales in October were at 6,43,382 units as against 5,71,431 units in the same month last year.

Market leader HMSI's scooter sales were at 3,22,115 units in October, up 9.89 per cent.

Chennai-based TVS Motor Co posted 41.46 per cent jump in its scooter sales at 1,45,737 units, while Hero MotoCorp witnessed a decline of 8.5 per cent at 73,685 units in October this year.

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