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.