Suzuki Motorcycle sales up 37 per cent in November

Henrietta Strickland
December 1, 2017

The Indian vehicle market maintained the same pace in November it gained during the course of festive season in October.

Toyota India registered 7 per cent growth in total sales in November 2017.

Like the uptick in India's GDP, India's carmakers too are reporting improved sales numbers in the month gone by. Toyota was the worst hit with a exports falling by over 46 per cent during November.

Automobile major Maruti Suzuki India on Friday reported a 14.1 per cent rise in its monthly sales for November.

The sales of its mini cars, Alto and WagonR, dipped by 1.8 per cent to 38,204 units, against 38,886 units in the same period past year.

Exports on the other hand saw a massive fall of nearly 47-per cent with the company exporting 686 units in November 2017, compared to the 1,284 units exported during the same month past year.

The sought after small auto portfolio of the company has hit a rough patch too.

However, compact and utility vehicles have has been growing as always at 32.4 per cent and 34.0 per cent respectively, thanks to the new-gen Dzire and the company's star player Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.

Its only light commercial vehicle - the Super Carry, sold 1,003 units in November 2017 as against 105 units during same month previous year. TKM has sustained a positive growth since last three months. "With maximum utilisation of Plant 1 and maintaining lean inventory the company is trying to reduce the waiting period of Innova and Fortuner for customers". A low-base effect following demonetization, continued demand from the rural segment and robust pick-up for new models has helped vehicle makers during last month.

Royal Enfield, the two-wheeler division of Eicher Motors, said its domestic sales were at 67,776 units in November as against 55,843 units in the year-ago month, up 21 per cent.

Japanese heavyweight Toyota said its India sales grew by 13 percent to 12,734 units during November as against 11,309 units sold in the corresponding month a year ago. The Mumbai-based company has products like Scorpio, XUV500, TUV 300 and Bolero in the UV segment.

"We are happy to be in a positive growth phase for November 2017, which is usually a lean period post the festive season", M&M President Automotive Sector Rajan Wadhera said.

Hyundai Motor India today reported a 10 per cent increase in domestic sales at 44,008 units in November. In November 2017, the Ciaz sold a total of 4,009 units, down a sizeable 26.2 percent (November 2016: 5,443).

The company has also strengthened exports with dispatch of 2,022 units of Verna to the Middle East market, he added.

Commenting on the sales, Yoichiro Ueno, president and CEO, Honda Cars India, "Last year Honda Cars India's sales in November were severely affected by demonetisation". The demand has grown every month since its launch a year ago in 2016. Its top performers across segments include the Grand i10, Elite i20 and the Creta SUV, all having put up a good show in their respective segments, just as they did in the recent past.

The company posted its best ever export performance last month.

Sales for the entry-level hatchback duo of the Alto and Wagon R, which sold 38,204 units were flat (November 2016: 38,886).

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