Car sales grow slowest in 22 months at 13%

According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam) figures, on Monday, domestic passenger car sales stood at 1,62,825 units in April, as against 1,43,862 units in the same month last year.

“The April 2011 sales growth rate was the slowest since June 2009, when the growth rate was 8.23 per cent. Consumer confidence is low as economic parameters are wobbly at the moment,” Siam Senior Director Sugato Sen said, adding that interest rate hikes, coupled with increase in vehicle prices due to rising commodity prices, have also contributed to postponing of purchases.

Total sales of vehicles across categories registered a growth of 22.80 per cent to 13,38,564 units in April as against 10,90,041 units in the same month last year, Siam said.

In the passenger car segment, Maruti Suzuki’s sales grew by 7.63 per cent to 73,905 units. Hyundai Motor India’s sales increased by 10.89 per cent to 31,604 units. However, Tata Motors’ passenger car sales were down by 1.10 per cent at 19,544 units.

Total two-wheeler sales last month increased by 26.44 per cent to 10,43,970 units from 8,25,632 units in April, 2010. According to Siam data, motorcycle sales in the country grew by 23.39 per cent during the month to 8,09,565 units from 6,56,096 units in the same month last year. Hero Honda posted a 38.58 per cent jump in sales to 4,69,398 units, while Bajaj Auto’s sales went up by 4.24 per cent to 1,95,971 units.

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) posted a 1.35 per cent decline in sales to 57,237 units, while TVS Motor moved 49,804 units, 1.62 per cent more than the corresponding month of the previous year.

The scooter segment’s overall sales grew by 48.06 per cent to 1,75,054 units from 1,18,232 units. HMSI’s scooter sales grew by 79.52 per cent to 74,432 units, while Hero Honda sold 35,079 units, up 48.13 per cent. TVS Motor’s sales saw 29.04 per cent growth during the month to 32,464 units.

Commercial vehicles sales grew by 8.22 per cent to 53,202 units from 49,162 units in the year-ago period, SIAM said. Sen said this was the slowest growth rate since September, 2009, when the growth rate was 7.49 per cent.

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