Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai see wholesale sales fall in April

Faced with production problems due to supply chain problems, major automakers Maruti Suzuki (MSI) and Hyundai Motor reported lower shipments of vehicles from factories to dealerships in April this year.

Tata Motors, Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Skoda Auto meanwhile saw robust growth in vehicle shipments last month.

The country’s largest automaker, MSI, said its domestic sales fell 7% to 1,32,248 units from 1,42,454 units in April 2021.

Sales of minicars, including Alto and S-Presso, fell 32% to 17,137 units from 25,041 in the same month last year.

In the compact car segment, sales of models such as Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire fell 18% to 59,184 units from 72,318 in April 2021.

However, sales of commercial vehicles, including Vitara Brezza, S-Cross and Ertiga, rose 33% to 33,941 units from 25,484 vehicles last month, MSI said.

“The shortage of electronic components had a minor impact on the production of vehicles, mainly domestic models,” said the auto major.

Rival Hyundai Motor India reported a 10% drop in wholesale sales last month to 44,001 units last month from 49,002 units in April 2021.

Similarly, Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) reported a 13% year-on-year drop in domestic wholesale sales to 7,874 units in April.

”Customer sentiment continues to show improvement and positivity, which is reflected in strong demand. However, supply chain issues remain a challenge for the industry, impacting the ability to meet growing demand,” said Yuichi Murata, HCIL Director (Marketing and Sales).

The automaker hopes the situation will improve as soon as possible so that the supply-demand equation can be more balanced, he added.

MG Motor India said its retail sales fell 22% to 2,008 units last month from 2,565 in April 2021.

Production remained volatile and immensely affected by global supply chain constraints due to sudden and new COVID-19 lockdowns in different parts of the world, the automaker said.

The brand is closely monitoring the situation caused by new waves of COVID and aligning its efforts to deal with it, the company added.

Local auto major Tata Motors meanwhile reported a 66% increase in shipments to dealers to 41,587 units last month from 25,095 units in April 2021.

Additionally, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) said its wholesale sales rose 57 percent in April to 15,085 units from 9,600 in the same month last year.

”Demand continues to peak in the new fiscal year as we end April with 57% overall growth over April 2021 wholesale sales. Along with the Crysta, Fortuner and Legender, the Camry Hybrid has received very encouraging results. reservation orders,” said Atul Sood, TKM Associate Vice President, Sales and Strategic Marketing.

Skoda Auto India said its sales increased more than fivefold in April to 5,152 units from 961 units in April 2021.

”It’s heartening to see that a sedan is helping us climb peak after peak of sales. The Slavia is a smash hit, while the Kushaq SUV continues to find new homes,” said Skoda Auto India Brand Director Zac Hollis.

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