Indian Auto Sales Mixed in 2013-2014


New vehicle sales in India rose 3.5 percent in the fiscal year ended March 31, the Indian Society of Automobile Manufacturers reported last month. But it took a healthy increase in demand for scooters to offset declines in sales of other types of vehicles.

Sales of new two-wheelers grew 7.3 percent in 2013-2014. The society has not yet reported numerical totals for the recently completed year, but 13.8 million new two-wheelers were sold in 2012-2013. Motorcycle sales rose just 3.9 percent in 2013-2014, and moped sales actually declined 8.4 percent, but scooter sales rose a whopping 23.2 percent.

Sales of passenger vehicles, which numbered 2.7 million in 2012-2013, fell 6.1 percent in 2013-2014. That included drops of 4.7 percent for passenger cars, 5 percent for utility vehicles and 19.6 percent for vans.

Commercial vehicle sales fell 20.2 percent in the year completed March 31, from 793,150 in 2012-2013.Sales of medium and heavy commercial vehicles slid 25.3 percent, while sales of light commercial vehicles were off by 17.6 percent.

Demand for new three-wheelers dipped 10.9 percent, from 538,291 in 2012-2013. Sales of three-wheelers used to move passengers dropped 12.7 percent, while those used for goods were off by 2.5 percent.

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