Domestic passenger vehicle sales grew by 7.57 per cent to 2,85,477 units in January this year, riding on a robust growth of utility vehicles which posted the second highest ever monthly volume.
According to the data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on Monday, domestic passenger vehicle (PV) sales were at 2,65,389 units in the same month last year.
Car sales, however, declined by 1.25 per cent to 1,84,264 units last month as against 1,86,596 units in January last year.
“The overall growth in the PV sales in January is as per expectations and is also a reflection of the mood ahead of the Auto Expo,” SIAM Director General Vishnu Mathur said here.
The growth driver continues to be the utility vehicles (UV) segment, as it continued to draw a lot of customers, he added.
UV sales during the month stood at 85,850 units as against 62,263 units in the same month last year, a growth of 37.88 per cent, SIAM said.
“The UV sales in January this year is the second highest in terms of volumes after the highest clocked in July last year at 86,874 units,” Mathur said.
The car segment is going through flat sales with the entry level segment not witnessing new model launches while customer preference has been shifting towards crossovers and compact SUVs, he added.
In January, market leader Maruti Suzuki India posted a growth of 4.05 per cent in its domestic PV sales at 1,39,189 units. Rival Hyundai Motor India saw a growth of 8.31 per cent at 45,508 units.
Homegrown Mahindra & Mahindra registered a growth of 17.73 per cent at 23,656 units, while Tata Motors saw its PV sales jump 48.58 per cent to 21,872 units.
According to SIAM, total two-wheeler sales in January were higher by 33.43 per cent to 16,84,066 units compared to 12,62,140 units in the year-ago month.
Mathur said this reflected the overall strong demand for motorcycles and scooters in rural as well as urban markets. Motorcycle sales last month jumped by 28.64 per cent to 10,54,062 units compared to January 2017.
Market leader Hero MotoCorp posted a growth of 24.39 per cent in its domestic motorcycle sales at 5,43,325 units as against 4,36,771 units in the year-ago month. Rival Honda Scooter and Motorcycle India (HMSI) sold 1,69,537 units as compared to 1,39,161 units in the same month last year, a growth of 21.82 per cent.
Bajaj Auto’s motorcycle sales in January stood at 1,63,111 units as compared to 1,19,803 units in January 2017, up 36.14 per cent.
In the scooters segment, market leader HMSI saw its domestic sales jump by 39.55 per cent to 3,19,318 units as against 2,28,811 units in the year-ago month. Chennai-based TVS Motors sold 84,140 units as compared to 66,734 units in January last year, up 25.91 per cent.