Maruti Suzuki India, Toyota and Renault posted double digit sales growth in November even as companies like Mahindra, Ford and Honda saw sales drop as walk-ins at dealerships declined on account of demonetisation of high value currency.
Volkswagen also reported robust sales during last month.
Maruti Suzuki’s domestic sales stood at 1,26,325 units, up 14.2 per cent as against 1,10,599 units in November 2015.
The sales of its mini segment cars, including Alto and WagonR increased by 8.1 per cent to 38,886 units as compared to 35,981 units in the same month a year ago.
Sales of the compact segment comprising Swift, Estilo, Ritz, Dzire and Baleno increased 10.8 per cent to 49,431 units in November this year as against 44,626 units a year ago.
Utility vehicles consisting of Gypsy, Grand Vitara, Ertiga, S-Cross and compact SUV Vitara Brezza surged 98.1 per cent to 17,215 units in November this year, from 8,688 units in the corresponding month last year.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor also reported 10.03 per cent rise in domestic sales at 11,309 units in November. The company had sold 10,278 units in November last year.
“November has been a very exciting month for us as we launched one of the most anticipated products of the year — the all new Fortuner. We are overwhelmed by the response it has received with over 6,200 bookings already,” TKM Director and Senior VP, Sales and Marketing, N Raja said.
The Innova Crysta and the Platinum Etios have also done really well this month with the Crysta clocking more than 50,000 units in just six months of its launch in India, he added.
“However, demonetisation has had its impact on our sales as it has effected customer walk-ins at dealerships, order bookings and timely deliveries. This will pose as a major challenge in the upcoming days as the customers are still dealing with the effects of demonetisation,” Raja said.
Homegrown Tata Motors saw domestic passenger vehicle sales grow by 22 per cent to 12,736 units last month as against 10,470 units in the year-ago period.
“While we continue to see good demand for our vehicles, the limitation on cash availability due to the recent demonetisation has affected retails in the auto industry, this month,” Tata Motors President Passenger Vehicle Business Mayank Pareek said.
Volkswagen India reported an over two-fold increase in sales at 4,014 units in November. It had sold 1,942 units in the same month last year.Similarly, Renault reported sales of 9,604 units last month, up 23 per cent from 7,819 units sold in November last year.