Toyota Kirloskar said the monthly sales were largely the pending orders that it had received earlier and the dealerships were able to cater only to the customers located where the lockdown is now relaxed.
It said that it could not cater to the customers in key markets such as the large metropolitan cities as the dealerships remain closed.
May 2020 also saw gradual restart of the auto dealerships including that of the Toyota, which saw almost 60% of all its dealerships operational by mid-month.
“We are conscious of the dealer business conditions in various parts of the country and we have been prioritizing production at our end as per dealer requirements, both in terms of quantity as well as the grades that they require," said Naveen Soni, senior vice president, sales and service, TKM.
Soni further said that the company was able to post wholesale of only 20% of its typical monthly volumes.
“However, retail sales have been much higher when compared to wholesales thereby helping us reduce the month’s closing inventory levels at the dealerships," he said adding that the company has seen a significant surge in the online orders and enquiries.