Passenger vehicle sales in India dropped over 17 per cent in April — the worst monthly fall in nearly eight years, as subdued sentiment and the ongoing liquidity crunch impacted car sales.
Sales of passenger vehicles fell to 247,541 in April as against 298,504 a year earlier, data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam) on Monday showed. Two-wheeler sales dropped 16.4 per cent to about 1.6 million vehicles.
For PV sales, April is the worst dip since October 2011 when sales had dropped by 19.87 per cent. All major segments, including two-wheelers and commercial vehicles, witnessed a decline in sales in April, according to the data. Domestic car sales declined 19.93 per cent to 1,60,279 units last month compared to 2,00,183 in April 2018. Motorcycle sales declined 11.81 per cent to 10,84,811 units last month as against 12,30,046 units in the year-ago month.
Total two-wheeler sales in April declined 16.36 per cent to 16,38,388 units compared to 19,58,761 units in the year-ago month. Similarly, commercial vehicle sales were down 5.98 per cent to 68,680 units in April. Vehicle sales across categories registered a decline of 15.93 per cent to 20,01,096 units from 23,80,294 units in April 2018, Siam said.
“In the last ten years, we have not seen anything like this when all the segments are down. The start of the new financial year has not turned out to be very good,” Siam deputy director
general Sugato Sen told reporters here.
Although there is some inventory correction taking place negative factors like liquidity crunch and enhanced insurance costs continue to impact sales, he added.
“It is not only in the auto sector, but even FMCG segment is also witnessing a slowdown. Discretionary spendings are being held up. Maybe things will improve after the election results are over and a stable government is formed. We expect things to get better in the second half,” Siam director general Vishnu Mathur said. He, however, said retail sales were better than wholesales in April.
Market leader Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) posted a 19.61 per cent decline in its PV sales at 1,31,385 units in April. Rival Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) also reported a 10.12 per cent dip at 42,005 units.
Mahindra & Mahindra saw an 8.52 per cent decline in its PV sales at 19,966 units last month.
In the two-wheeler segment, market leader Hero MotoCorp’s bike sales last month were down 12.10 per cent at 5,34,161 units. Rival Bajaj Auto, however, posted a growth rate of 2.55 per cent at 2,05,875 units last month.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India’s bike sales stood at 1,57,569 units, down 25.77 per cent. Total scooter sales last month declined by 25.89 per cent at 4,89,852 units as against 6,61,007 units in April last year, Siam said.
Market leader HMSI’s scooter sales were at 2,75,198 units, down 35.02 per cent. Hero MotoCorp scooter sales declined by 51.8 per cent to 33,771 units in April. Chennai-based TVS Motor Co, however, saw its scooter sales increasing by 7.78 per cent at 92,251 units. —With PTI