April auto sales report: Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, Nissan grows, Tata falls over BS III
April saw a growth for almost all major automakers, be it four-wheeler or two-wheeler makers. Maruti Suzuki, Nissan and Royal Enfield posted more than 23% growth.Updated: May 01, 2017 18:38 IST
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) posted the best domestic monthly sales in April, selling 144,492 units and registering a 23.4% growth over 117,045 units of April 2016.
The previous best domestic performance by the top passenger vehicle company was 137,000 in September 2016.Maruti Suzuki’s exports dropped by over 29% from 9,524 units to 6,723 units in April. The total passenger vehicle sales (including exports) in April 2017 grew by 19.5% to 151,215 units.
New compacts such as the Ignis and Baleno drove the sales for MSI as the segment grew of 39.1% in April year-on-year. MSI’s utility vehicle sales also continued to be in full speed at 28%, thanks to the sustained popularity of Vitara Brezza and MPV Ertiga.
The company also sold 3,173 units of Dzire Tour, its sub-four metre for the taxi segment. An updated Dzire will be launched on May 16.
Maruti Suzuki’s sales grew at 9.8% in the last fiscal, during which it sold 15,68,603 units including exports. The profits also soared by 36.8% to Rs 7,337.7 crore.
The country’s largest automaker by revenue, Tata Motors was affected by the Supreme Court ban on sale of Bharat Stage III vehicles, as it saw a 21% drop in total sales in April 2017.
Tata Motors passenger and commercial vehicle total sales (including exports) in April 2017 were at 30,972 vehicles. The domestic sales were at 28,844 units, lower by 19%, over 35,604 units., in April 2016.
In April 2017, Tata Motors passenger vehicles sold 12,827 units in the domestic market, thanks to new launches such as the Tigor and the Hexa. The Tata Tiago too continued getting good numbers.
While the monthly passenger vehicles sales remained up beat in April at 23% year on year, the commercial vehicles department saw “an unusual decline, in exceptional circumstances”.
Tata Motors sold 16,017 commercial vehicles in the domestic market in April-- a 36% drop over April 2016.
“Tata Motors commercial vehicles were affected by the Supreme Court judgement announced on March 29, with the ban on BS3 sales, leading to the need for a higher quantity of BS4 stock for April sales. The higher demand at short notice, was not met in production, as vendors struggled to meet with the higher demand, especially in the MHCV segments. Moreover, after the strong pre-buying of BS3 vehicles in March, and the price increase of BS4 vehicles (especially in the MHCV and Buses at 8-10%), demand for BS4 vehicles was also weak,” the company said in a statement.
Nissan Motor India posted a 39% growth in April 2017 as it sold 4,217 vehicles, including models of its subsidiary Datsun.
“Nissan is proud of the performance of the recently launched new Terrano and the continued confidence that customers are showing in the Datsun redi-GO. Across India, we are strengthening our footprint, introducing products and services that customers want and value,” Arun Malhotra, managing director of Nissan India, said in a statement.
The company launched an update of the Terrano on March 27, and also sells a Micra hatchback, Sunny sedan, Terrano and a sports car GT-R.
Nissan Motor India, a subsidiary of Japan-based Nissan Motor Company, eyes a 5% market share in India by 2020.
Another Japanese automaker Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) posted 47.85% growth in total sales driven by its newly launched SUV Fortuner. The company sold 14,057 units in April as against 9,507 units in the same month last year.
While its domestic sales grew 51.81% to 12,948 units as against 8,529 units in April last year, the company said in a statement.
“This growth has been propelled by the overwhelming response the new Fortuner has received,” N Raja, director and senior vice-president - sales & marketing of Toyota Kirloskar Motor said in the statement.
s many as 1,109 units of the Etios series were exported last month, as against 978 units in April 2016.
In the two wheeler segment, Indian cruising bike-maker Royal Enfield registered a 25% growth, selling a record number of 60,142 bikes (including exports) in last month as over April 2016 when a total of 48,197 units of RE bikes were sold.
Of these, 58,564 were sold in the country, while 1,578 were exports.
Royal Enfield last month also entered the fourth biggest two wheeler market in the world -- Brazil, where it opened its second direct distribution subsidiary outside India. In 2015, the company set up its first direct distribution subsidiary outside India -- Royal Enfield North America (RENA).