AUGUST AUTO SALES: Maruti Suzuki, Escorts reports strong numbers

Maruti Suzuki and Escorts have reported strong auto sales numbers for August 2020. While Escorts report an all-time high for its monthly tractor sales, Maruti Suzuki reported a 21.3% year-on-year jump in passenger vehicle sales, possibly indicating a move by consumers away from public transport. The company sold 1.13 lakh passenger vehicles, up from 93,174 […]

JLR says response to Land Rover Defender ‘sensational’

Tata Motors and JLR’s bet on reviving the original spirit of Land Rover with the Defender brand seems to be paying off, with the first model already notching up enough orders to keep the production lines busy for the rest of the year. Adrian Mardell, Chief Financial Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, called the launch […]

COVID not driving buyers to cheaper models: Bajaj Auto

Bajaj Auto, one of India’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers, said it is yet to see any down-trading or change of behavior among motorcycle buyers in India due to the COVID pandemic, and that demand is already at 80-85% of normal levels. Speaking to investors and analysts after the company’s quarterly results last week, executive director Rakesh […]

TVS Motor says readying to start ops post COVID shutdown

TVS Motor Co, one of India’s top three two-wheeler makers, said it is getting ready to restart manufacturing operations after registering zero sales for the month of April due to the pan-India Coronavirus lockdown. “TVS Motor Company is gearing up to restart operations as per state guidelines and is undertaking strong measures to safeguard the […]

END of LOCKDOWN? Volvo Eicher gets nod to restart production

VE Commercial Vehicles, a joint venture between Sweden’s Volvo Group and India’s Eicher Motors, said it has received permission from the government to restart manufacturing operations at its commercial vehicle manufacturing plant in Madhya Pradesh. Considering the wider lock-down in place, it said, it is not planning on any immediate ramp-up in manufacturing operations. “The […]

Royal Enfield sales down 22% in July-September

Royal Enfield, the country’s most popular premium motorcycle brand, reported a 22% decline in its September quarter motorcycle sales, even as revenue for parent Eicher Motors fell 9%. Royal Enfield sold 1.63 lakh motorcycles during the three months, down from 2.10 lakh motorcycles sold over the same period in 2018, even as it invests heavily […]

Strong monsoon helps cushion Mahindra’s September auto sales decline

Mahindra & Mahindra, one of India’s biggest home-grown automakers, reported continued pain in its passenger vehicle department, but sales decline a its commercial vehicle and tractor divisions seemed to show signs of moderation in September. Domestic sales of passenger vehicles were down 33% in September, doing worse than August, when they had declined 32%. The […]

Hero MotoCorp, Tata Motors, Royal Enfield posts sharp falls in August auto sales

Hero MotoCorp, Tata Motors and Royal Enfield have reported sharp declines for their August 2019 auto sales. While Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer by volumes, reported a 21% fall in August sales to 5.43 lakhs, Royal Enfield reported a 24% decline and Tata Motors reported a 48% fall. Hero MotoCorp’s numbers indicated an […]

Ashok Leyland reports 4% decline in domestic sales of medium and heavy commercial vehicles in May

Commercial vehicle maker Ashok Leyland reported a 4% drop in domestic sales of medium and heavy commercial vehicles in May as the Indian auto industry grapples with an overall slowdown. Within the medium and heavy commercial vehicle segment, truck numbers fell by 168 units or 2% to 7,325, while bus numbers declined by 173 units […]