January 20, 2021

passenger automobile gross sales: Passenger automobile gross sales in free fall

(This story initially appeared in on Aug 24, 2020)

NEW DELHI: The auto business has pressed the panic button and mentioned that gross sales will probably be in a free fall this fiscal because of the impression of the coronavirus and the financial slowdown. Passenger automobile gross sales are prone to crash to a 11-year low as absolute numbers in 2020-21 go under these offered in 2009-10.

The business’s capability utilisation will probably be at round 50%, or “at finest” 60%, as demand will stay severely depressed, regardless of the emergence of some inexperienced shoots over the previous few weeks. That is however the stabilisation in demand achieved in July, the place a couple of corporations managed to remain optimistic over the gross sales achieved in the identical month final yr.

The state of affairs is similar for different segments as effectively, the place the numbers are estimated to see a serious dip, based on an inner presentation made by the Society of Indian Vehicle Producers (Siam) to numerous wings of the federal government, together with ministries of heavy industries, and highway transport and highways, sources instructed TOI.

Siam mentioned the “close to lack of one full quarter gross sales” because of the coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns (April to June this fiscal) will depress total volumes, and even a late restoration is not going to be enough to make up for the shortfall.

In keeping with projections, gross sales of passenger automobiles (vehicles, SUV/UVs, vans) will end 2020-21 at 1.91 million items, decrease than 1.95 million items offered in 2009-10. Volumes in two-wheelers (bikes, scooters and mopeds) will probably be lower than what the businesses had offered in fiscal 2011-12 (12 million versus 13.four million in FY12).

Siam is the apex physique representing the auto business in India and its members embody Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors, Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto, TVS, Mercedes-Benz, and Drive Motors. Siam director-general Rajesh Menon mentioned investments into capital property, R&D and new jobs is not going to be sturdy in view of the miserable sentiment and stress on demand.

Siam has requested the federal government for pressing reduction within the type of tax incentives and different demand-generation measures. “We have to have no less than 10% lower in GST charges throughout automobile classes to drive in affordability. Furthermore, we additionally want an incentive-based scrappage scheme to immediate clients to exchange older automobiles,” Menon mentioned. Siam president Rajan Wadhera has mentioned the business is passing by way of its most tough interval ever. “It’s a grim state of affairs. We’re in a really, very tough interval,” he mentioned, including that “excessive taxation” stays one of many largest ache level.

“Whereas the federal government expenses GST between 28% and 60% throughout completely different automobile classes, the profitability of corporations is barely between 3% and 9%. It’s round 3% in industrial automobiles, whereas for two-wheelers it’s round 9% and passenger automobile makers have round 5-6%.” Whereas July numbers for the auto business have proven optimistic indicators, Siam mentioned that a few of the positives are led by pent-up demand as there was no gross sales in the course of the lockdown interval. Additionally, gross sales in July final yr had been weak, making it a low-base yr. Already, prime corporations akin to Maruti and Hero Moto have mentioned they may management recent investments and prices to fall according to the powerful setting.