India’s automobile, bike gross sales surge as dealerships fill up forward of festive season, Auto Information, East Auto Information
By Aditi Shah
NEW DELHI, – Passenger car and bike gross sales surged in September as firms stocked up dealerships in anticipation of a surge in demand for private transport through the competition interval beginning later this month.
Passenger car wholesale gross sales in September surged 26% from a 12 months in the past whereas gross sales of motorbikes and scooters to sellers rose 12%, after months of decline because of the coronavirus pandemic, in response to knowledge launched on Friday by the Society of Indian Car Producers (SIAM), a commerce physique.
Nevertheless, retail gross sales of passenger car for September grew simply 10% from a 12 months in the past whereas bike gross sales declined about 12% over the identical interval final 12 months, the Federation of Car Sellers Affiliation of India stated final week.
Firms usually fill up dealerships forward of main festivals, comparable to Diwali in November, throughout which Indians usually make giant purchases.
“There’s good festive demand proper now. To guage whether or not it’s actual or sustainable we should wait to see the demand in January 2021,” stated Kenichi Ayukawa, president, SIAM and managing director of Maruti Suzuki, India’s top-selling carmaker.
India’s auto sector was already going through poor demand final 12 months when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities imposed a nationwide lockdown in March to curb the virus’ unfold, bringing companies to a standstill.
Demand for private transport, which is seen as a safer choice amid the pandemic as in contrast with taking public or shared transport, has propped up gross sales of small automobiles and motorbikes in latest weeks.
However at the same time as gross sales for September surged, wholesales for the primary six months of the present fiscal 12 months are down 34% from a 12 months in the past, SIAM knowledge confirmed. (Reporting by Aditi Shah; Enhancing by Toby Chopra)