Despite discounts, Rs 5,000 cr worth of BS-III vehicles unsold

Vehicle worth Rs 5,000 cr with BS-III certification could not be sold by the deadline of March 31, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers said today.

In addition, it said, the industry sustained a loss of about Rs 1,000-1,500 cr due to the deadline, it said, adding that the total loss was about 6,000-6,500 cr.

Many two-wheeler and car brands had offered steep discounts on the last two days of March to liquidate their stock of BS-III pollution certified vehicles.

This was in reaction to a Supreme Court order that no vehicles without BS-IV certification would be sold in India from Apr 1.

Honda Motorcycles and Scooters, for example, was offering cash back of Rs 22,000 on its BS-III scooters and motorcycles models such as Activa 3G, Dream Yuga and CD 110DX —
price around Rs 50,000 ex-showroom, and on CB Shine priced around Rs 60,000.

Hero MotoCorp offered rebates of Rs 12,500 on its scooters, Rs 7,500 on higher end bikes and Rs 5,000 on commuter bikes.


SIAM also released the full-year 2016-17 sales numbers for the auto industry today.

The fastest growth was reported by the Sports Utility Vehicle or SUV segment.

The UV segment — which saw the addition of models like Hyundai Creta and the enormously successful Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, saw total number of vehicles sold jump by 30% during the year.

In comparison, car numbers increased only 45 and van sales rose just 2.4%.

Three-wheeler sales were down 5%, while two-wheeler numbers rose 7%.

Within two-wheelers, the fastest growth was in mopeds at 23%, followed by scooters at 11.4% and motorcycles at 3.7%.