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Vehicle sales rise in February, festivals may drive March: FADA

Sales of two-wheelers advanced 15%, while those of three-wheelers jumped 81%, passenger vehicles 11%, tractors 14%, and commercial vehicles 17%, the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) said in a statement.

Sales have picked up in the last two months as chip shortages eased and automakers launched new models to tap into the demandPremium
Sales have picked up in the last two months as chip shortages eased and automakers launched new models to tap into the demand

Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) said on Monday that the retail sales of vehicles in the country jumped 16% to around 1.8 million units in February, adding that festivals could push the sales higher in March. The growth was helped in part by strong demand during the wedding season.

The association said that the sales have picked up in the last two months as chip shortages eased and automakers launched new models to tap into the demand ahead of the festival and wedding seasons. Rising interest rates amid elevated inflation are seen as a sentiment dampener, with overall sales in February still below pre-Covid levels, it further added.

Sales of two-wheelers advanced 15%, while those of three-wheelers jumped 81%, passenger vehicles 11%, tractors 14%, and commercial vehicles 17%, FADA said in a statement.

The association said that the changes in emission norms from April should help push sales higher in March, FADA added. The new norms will also see vehicle prices increase. But automakers are expected to roll out promotional offers in the final month of the fiscal year.

The industry body cited a slew of festivals, including the two-day festival of colours - Holi, and regional new year celebrations Ugadi and Gudi Padwa, for the demand in March.

FADA publishes retail sales data, while the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), which usually releases data in the second week of the month, counts vehicles sold to dealers.

Auto sales numbers are keenly watched, as they are one of the key indicators to assess private consumption and carry more than 50% weightage in calculating the country's economic growth.

Meanwhile, the industry body warned that predictions of a return of El Niño weather conditions in the Pacific, which could mean a weaker monsoon in India and result in lower output and higher prices, may be a dampener for sales of commercial vehicles.

Two of India's top three listed bike makers TVS Motor Company and Hero MotoCorp beat domestic sales estimates in February as chip supply shortages eased.

The three-wheeler segment continued to witness robust demand after the government subsidies breached pre-pandemic levels for the first time in February, FADA said. 

(With inputs from Reuters)

 

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Updated: 06 Mar 2023, 01:44 PM IST
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