Domestic car sales drop 2.65% in January, motorcycle sales decline 2.55%: SIAM data

New Delhi: Domestic passenger vehicle (PV) sales declined for the third month in a row in January, dropping 1.87 percent, as manufacturers continued to reduce inventory at dealers following a tepid festive season sales, according to SIAM.

As per data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on Friday, PV sales in January stood at 2,80,125 units last month as against 2,85,467 units in the same month last year.

Domestic car sales were also down for the third consecutive month, declining 2.65 percent to 1,79,389 units as compared to 1,84,264 units in January 2018.

"Stock correction by manufacturers continued in January to cut inventory that were piled up during the festive period, which saw sluggish sales," SIAM Deputy Director General Sugato Sen said.

He, however, said retail sale was better than wholesale in January, and the industry expects demand to grow in the remaining two months of the fiscal.

Domestic car sales drop 2.65% in January, motorcycle sales decline 2.55%: SIAM data

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During the month, market leader Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) posted a marginal growth of 0.18 percent in its PV sales at 1,39,440 units. Rival Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) also posted 0.65 growth at 45,803 units.

Similarly, homegrown utility vehicles major Mahindra & Mahindra also saw 0.88 percent rise in its PV sales at 23,864 units last month.

In passenger cars segment, MSI's sales stood at 1,01,865 units, down 4.12 percent. HMIL's car sales was also down 1.58 percent at 35,439 units last month. Honda Cars India, however, saw its car sales grow 51.67 percent to 14,383 units.

In the two-wheeler segment, SIAM said total sales in January were down 5.18 percent to 15,97,572 units compared to 16,84,761 units in the year-ago month.

Motorcycle sales last month declined 2.55 percent to 10,27,810 units as against 10,54,757 units in the same month a year ago.

Market leader Hero MotoCorp's bike sales last month was down 4.95 percent at 5,16,451 units. Rival Bajaj Auto, however, posted growth of 24.67 percent at 2,03,358 units last month.

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India's bike sales stood at 1,28,525 units, down 24.19 percent.

Total scooter sales last month declined by 10.21 percent at 4,97,169 units as against 5,53,695 units in January last year, SIAM said.

Market leader HMSI's scooter sales were at 2,72,170 units, down 14.77 percent. Chennai-based TVS Motor Co also saw its scooter sales dip by 0.41 percent at 83,794 units.

Suzuki Motorycle India, however, witnessed a 60.28 percent jump in it scooter sales at 61,348 units last month.

SIAM said sales of commercial vehicles were up 2.21 percent to 87,591 units in January.

Vehicle sales across categories registered a decline of 4.68 percent to 20,19,331 units from 21,18,465 units in January 2018, it added.

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Updated Date: Feb 08, 2019 14:00:18 IST

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