Passenger vehicle sales in India jumped by 37.54 per cent in June, the fastest monthly growth in almost a decade. The rise in number is mainly due to car buyers delaying their purchase in the run up to GST last year. Car prices witnessed a massive cut following the rollout of the new indirect tax regime.
According to data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), domestic passenger vehicle (PV) sales rose to 2,73,759 units last month from 1,99,036 units in June last year.
The previous fastest growth witnessed by the PV segment was in December 2009 when it grew by 50 per cent. Domestic car sales were up 34.21 per cent to 1,83,885 units as against 1,37,012 units in June 2017, SIAM said.
"People postponed purchases last year during this period as they expected prices to come down following the rollout of GST. So, the growth we are witnessing this year is coming on a low base of last year," SIAM Director General Vishnu Mathur told reporters here.
Sales of utility vehicles, cars and vans grew by 47.11 per cent, 34.21 per cent and 35.64 per cent, respectively, during last month, he added.
For the first quarter (April-June period) of the current fiscal, PV sales rose by 19.91 per cent to 8,73,501 units as compared with 7,28,483 units in same period of last fiscal.
In June, market leader Maruti Suzuki India reported a growth of 44.4 per cent in its domestic PV sales at 1,34,036 units. Rival Hyundai Motor India saw a growth of 20.79 per cent at 45,371 units.
Homegrown Mahindra & Mahindra registered a growth of 11.89 per cent at 18,092 units, while Tata Motors saw its PV sales jump 56.75 per cent to 20,610 units.
According to SIAM, total two-wheeler sales in June rose by 22.28 per cent to 18,67,884 units compared with 15,27,509 units in the year-ago month.
Motorcycle sales last month rose 24.32 per cent to 11,99,332 units as against 9,64,729 units a year earlier.
Market leader Hero MotoCorp posted a rise of 16.56 per cent in its domestic motorcycle sales at 6,26,194 units as against 5,37,187 units in the year-ago month.
Rival Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) sold 1,74,276 units as compared to 1,45,358 units in the same month last year, a growth of 19.89 per cent.
Bajaj Auto's motorcycle sales stood at 2,00,949 units compared to 1,08,109 units in June 2017, up 85.87 per cent.
Scooter sales saw a rise of 20.96 per cent to 6,01,761 units, as compared with 4,97,478 units in June last year. Scooter sales had fallen by 1.4 per cent to 5,55,467 units in May this year.
Market leader HMSI saw its domestic sales increase by 33.29 per cent to 3,61,236 units as against 2,71,007 units in the year-ago month.
Chennai-based TVS Motors sold 99,107 units as compared to 86,296 units in June last year, up 14.84 per cent.
Hero MotoCorp's scooter sales stood at 63,755 units as compared to 75,482 units in the year-ago months, down 15.53 per cent.
Sales of commercial vehicles were up 41.72 per cent to 80,624 units in June, SIAM said.
Vehicle sales across categories registered a rise of 25.23 per cent to 22,79,151 units from 18,19,926 units in June 2017, it added.
For the first quarter, sale across categories rose by 18.01 per cent 69,42,612 units as compared with 58,82,912 units in same period of 2017-18 fiscal.
Total exports were up 26.73 per cent to 11,94,627 units in first quarter as compared with 9,42,663 units in April-June period of last fiscal.
However, PV exports were down 7.37 per cent to 1,67,161 units during the quarter as some of the leading exporters faced capacity constraints, SIAM Deputy Director General Sugato Sen said.
On the outlook for the rest of the fiscal, he said that tightening of interest rates and increase in commodity prices were the biggest challenges for the PV segment.
"However, PV sales are expected to grow backed by new launches. Two-wheeler sales are going to benefit from a normal monsoon and increase in MSP. Besides, CV segment is going to benefit from enhanced government spending on infrastructure," he added.
With PTI Inputs