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Business News/ Auto News / November 2023 breaks records: Indian auto market achieves highest-ever sales, FADA

November 2023 breaks records: Indian auto market achieves highest-ever sales, FADA

November witnessed India's highest-ever vehicle sales, with 28.54 lakh units sold, driven by festive demand. Two-wheelers and passenger vehicles hit record highs. FADA also cautions about potential sales impact due to weather affecting crop output.

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The Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) released data on Wednesday, highlighting that November marked the highest-ever month for vehicle sales in the history of the Indian automotive market.

Customers across various segments and categories purchased a total of 28.54 lakh units, surpassing the previous record of 25.69 lakh units set in March 2020. This information once again underscores the prevailing positive sentiment in the market.

India has recently surpassed Japan to become the world's third-largest market in terms of sales, trailing only behind China and the United States. The automotive sector has experienced exceptional strength throughout 2023, and November stands out as a significant month, with two-wheelers and passenger vehicles (PVs) exhibiting notable strength.

In the past month, two-wheeler sales reached a pinnacle at 22.47 lakh units, surpassing the previous record of 20.7 lakh units set in March 2020. Likewise, sales of passenger vehicles (PVs) or cars achieved a new peak at 3.6 lakh units, exceeding the previous best figure of 3.57 lakh units in March 2020.

The notable surge in sales can be attributed to the occurrence of the festive period of Dhanteras and Diwali in November this year. Additionally, the commencement of the marriage season in many parts of the country during November acted as a catalyst for increased sales. 

FADA President Manish Raj Singhania stated, "November '23 witnessed a YoY growth of 18 percent and MoM growth of 35 percent. Two-wheelers, three-wheelers, and passenger vehicles showed growth of 21 percent, 23 percent, and 17 percent, respectively, on a YoY basis." However, it was noted that tractor and commercial vehicle sales experienced a decline of 21 percent and two percent, respectively.

FADA also acknowledges that the influence of weather conditions on rabi cultivation could potentially affect future vehicle sales. A press statement from FADA emphasizes, "Severe rains and hailstorms in west and south India are expected to dampen rabi cultivation, which is already experiencing slow sowing and low reservoir levels, potentially impacting the final crop output."

“This may also lead to increased inflation, making daily essentials more expensive and thus affecting vehicle sales in the near term." 

FADA has specifically called on passenger vehicle original equipment manufacturers (PV OEMs) to unveil appealing schemes to facilitate year-end purchases and diminish inventory at dealerships.



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Published: 06 Dec 2023, 12:47 PM IST
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