Auto slowdown continues, sales plunge by 12 per cent in November

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New Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): Domestic vehicle sales across all categories declined by 12.05 percent in November to 17.92 lakh units compared to 20.38 lakh units in the year-ago period, data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on Tuesday.

Passenger car sales dipped by 10.83 percent to 1.6 lakh from 1.79 lakh in November last year. However, utility vehicle sales gained by 32.7 percent to 92,739 from 69,884 in the same period. The decline in total domestic passenger vehicle sales in November works out to 0.84 percent year-on-year, said SIAM.

Two-wheeler sales declined by 14.27 percent to 14.1 lakh units compared to 16.45 lakh units in the year-ago month.

SIAM Director General Rajesh Menon said slagging consumption in rural areas is the main reason for the negative sales growth of two-wheelers.

Commercial vehicle sales were down by 14.98 percent in November with 61,907 units compared to 72,812 units sold in the same month of last year. However, three-wheeler sales witnessed a growth of 4.45 percent with 55,778 units, up from 53,401 units sold in November 2018.

Menon said the passenger and commercial vehicle segments remain an area of concern. “If the income tax reliefs are announced in the Union Budget for 2020-21, it will be of great help. We have also called for a reduction in Goods and Services Tax (GST) to help manufacturers.”

The automobile sector has been experiencing a slump with nearly all manufacturers reporting falling sales due to subdued consumer sentiment amid an economic slowdown.

Last month, the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) reported that vehicle registrations across the country increased by nearly 4 percent in October year-on-year due to buying in the festive season.

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