Passenger automobile retail gross sales in India witnessed substantial month-on-month development in October. In its report for October, the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) pegged new passenger automobile (PV) registrations at 2,49,860 items, which is a 27.6 % development on the 1,95,665 items registered within the month of September. In comparison with October final 12 months, PV retail gross sales had been down 8.Eight % in October 2020. It’s essential to notice that the gross sales figures launched by automobile producers earlier in the month signify what was bought to sellers, whereas these figures issued by FADA signify the precise variety of automobiles bought to clients , which paints a extra correct image of buyer demand.

·        PV retails down 8.8% in comparison with October 2019

·        Two-wheeler retails stay sluggish

·        FADA cautions in opposition to stock build-up

Festive season spurs demand for brand new automobiles in October 2020

General automotive retails in October 2020 – together with PVs, two-wheelers, three-wheelers, industrial automobiles and tractors – had been pegged at 14,13,549 items, a 5.1 % development over September, however a 24 % drop in comparison with October 2019, which had a bigger base on account of two massive festivals – Navratri and Diwali – being a part of the identical month.

Most automobile producers reported an increase in dispatches to sellers within the month of October, with Tata Motors and Kia Motors India reporting staggering year-on-year development, and Hyundai, MG Motor India and Hero MotoCorp registering their highest gross sales figures but.

Commenting on automobile retails in October 2020, FADA president Vinkesh Gulati mentioned, “October continues to see optimistic momentum on month-to-month foundation however on a yearly foundation the unfavorable slide continues to extend. The nine-day Navratri interval witnessed strong automobile registrations however couldn’t save October from going into the purple as in comparison with final 12 months, when each Navratri and Diwali had been in the identical month.”

Two-wheeler gross sales (10,41,682 items) witnessed a marginal 2.four % month-on-month development however dipped by a major 26.Eight % in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months, with FADA stating demand for entry-level bikes stays “lean” even with the onset of the festive season.

FADA’s report additionally states that almost all PV sellers ended up with restricted inventory of high-selling fashions and odd variants, which didn’t appeal to a lot demand, resulting from a “supply-side mismatch”. Decrease reductions in comparison with 2019 additionally prevented retails from matching final 12 months’s figures, in accordance with FADA.

FADA advises warning to producers, sellers

With dispatches from producers to sellers hovering and gross sales exhibiting enchancment however nonetheless unable to match 2019’s numbers, FADA has suggested automobile producers and sellers to train warning. The seller physique notes additional interruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in sure European nations may trigger points with procurement of spares, which may influence provide of automobiles and have an effect on PV gross sales.

Urging the federal government to introduce an incentive-based scrappage scheme on the earliest, FADA says demand might stay subdued as soon as the festive season ends, and that it’s pertinent to maintain a verify on stock ranges, as they might influence sellers’ monetary well being and end in additional closures and job losses.

Presently, FADA estimates sellers have a median passenger automobile stock starting from 35 to 40 days, and an excellent larger two-wheeler stock starting from 50 to 55 days.