Monday, 27 September, 2021
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India’s 6 auto cos total sales up in August

NEW DELHI: India’s five auto companies including Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL), Skoda Auto India, Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) and Bajaj Auto on Wednesday reported an increase in domestic passenger vehicle sales in August as compared to the same month last year.

Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) on Wednesday reported a 17 per cent increase in domestic passenger vehicle sales at 15,973 units in August as compared to the same month last year, report agencies.

The company had sold 13,651 units in August 2020, M&M said in a statement.

In the commercial vehicles segment, the company sold 11,432 vehicles in the domestic market last month, as against 15,606 units in the same month last year, a drop of 27 per cent.

Exports increased to 3,180 units last month as against 1,169 units in the year-ago month.

“Demand across our product portfolio continues to remain strong with Thar, XUV 300 and our recently launched Bolero Neo and our Bolero Pik-up range clocking in impressive booking numbers. Growth momentum in exports continued with sales of 3,180 vehicles, registering an increase of 172 per cent,” M&M Chief Executive Officer Automotive Division Veejay Nakra said.

Supply of semiconductors continues to be a global issue for the auto industry and has been a major area of focus for the company as well, he added.

Tata Motors on Wednesday said its total domestic wholesales increased by 53 per cent to 54,190 units in August as compared to the same month last year.

The company had sold 35,420 units in August 2020.

The auto major said its passenger vehicle sales in the domestic market stood at 28,018 units in August, up 51 per cent as compared to 18,583 units in the same month last year.

Commercial vehicle sales in the domestic market stood at 29,781 units, up 66 per cent from 17,889 units in August 2020, it added.

The auto major noted that semiconductor shortage continues to impact the auto industry globally.

The recent lockdowns in East Asia have worsened the supply situation and hence Tata Motors is forced to moderate production and offtake volumes in the coming months, it said.

“The situation is fluid and we will continue to work to mitigate the impact of this and aim to meet our customer orders through an agile, multi-pronged approach including close engagement with our extended supply chain partners, procuring chipsets from the open market, using alternate chips and managing our model and trim mix,” the company added.

It noted that the company’s electric vehicle sales crossed a crucial threshold of 1,000 units last month.

“The order book is strong and we aim to meet the robust demand to the best of our abilities despite the supply challenges,” it added.

The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) on Wednesday reported a 5 per cent increase in total sales at 1,30,699 units in August 2021, amid electronic components shortage.

The company had sold 1,24,624 units in the same month last year, Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL) said in a statement.

Total domestic sales were at 1,10,080 units, as compared to 1,16,704 units in the same month last year, down 6 per cent, it added.

“Sales volume of the company in August 2021 was affected due to electronic components shortage. The company took all possible measures to limit the adverse impact,” it said.

While the sales volume in August 2021 was affected due to electronic components shortage, the sales volume in August 2020 was impacted due to COVID-19 related disruptions, MSIL added.

Sales of mini cars comprising Alto and S-Presso were at 20,461 units, as compared to 19,709 units in the corresponding month last year.

However, sales of compact cars, including WagonR, Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire TourS were lower at 45,577 units last month, as against 61,956 units in August 2020.

Mid-size sedan Ciaz clocked sales of 2,146 units, as against 1,223 units in the year-ago month.

Utility Vehicles sales, consisting of Ertiga, S-Cross, Vitara Brezza, XL6 and Gypsy were higher at 24,337 units as compared to 21,030 units in the same month last year, MSIL said.

Sales of light commercial vehicle Super Carry stood at 2,588 units, as against 2,292 units in August 2020, it added.

MSIL said its exports in August this year stood at 20,619 units, as compared to 7,920 units in the year-ago month.

Skoda Auto India on Wednesday reported a nearly four-fold jump in sales at 3,829 units in August 2021.

The company had sold 1,003 units in the same month last year, Skoda Auto India said in a statement.

The company said with the roll out of its 'India 2.0' strategy, which began with the launch of Kushaq, there has been a key focus on rapidly increasing the network presence pan India.

The brand is now present in more than 100 cities, and opened new dealerships in key cities including Bhopal, Patna, Gurgaon and Faridabad in August 2021, it added.

Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) on Wednesday reported a 12.3 per cent increase in total sales at 59,068 units in August.

The company had sold 52,609 units in the same month last year, HMIL said in a statement.

Domestic sales were up 2.3 per cent to 46,866 units as against 45,809 units in August 2020, the company said.

Exports increased to 12,202 units last month as compared with 6,800 units in August last year.

Bajaj Auto on Wednesday reported a 5 per cent increase in total sales at 3,73,270 units in August 2021.

The company had sold a total of 3,56,199 units in the same month last year.

Domestic sales were, however, down 7 per cent at 1,72,595 units as compared to 1,85,879 units in August last year, the company said in a statement

Bajaj Auto said its total two-wheeler sales were at 3,38,310 units as compared to 3,21,058 units in the year-ago month, up 5 per cent.

On the other hand, domestic two-wheeler sales were down 11 per cent at 1,57,971 units as against 1,78,220 units in the same month last year.

Two-wheeler exports in August grew by 26 per cent at 1,80,339 units as against 1,42,838 units in the corresponding month a year ago, the company said.

Total commercial vehicles sales stood at 34,960 units last month as against 35,141 units in August 2020, down 1 per cent, it added.