There may be little solace for Maruti, M&M, Hero Moto, Bajaj Auto and others in the July auto sales data
- The July sales numbers are likely to see a gradual recovery on the back of ramp-up in the supply chain, strong rural sentiments and rise in preference for personal mobility to follow social distancing norms.
- According to Nirmal Bang, the retail sales were affected in July due to erratic lockdowns and tighter financing but were higher than the June numbers.
- Here are the estimated sales numbers for top automobile manufacturers.
Automakers are also optimistic on the future recovery. As several states began easing rules, production capacities have improved, dealerships have resumed operations and rural demand has been ticking upwards.
“We have reached current capacities in the range of 85-90% and in addition, more than 85% of our dealerships are open pan India. This could have been improved but for some states which went into lockdown during the month. Financing for our vehicles has reached pre-covid levels currently,” said Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director, Maruti Suzuki.
|Maruti Suzuki India||July 2020 sales (expected)||July 2019 sales||Growth %|
|Mahindra & Mahindra||July 2020 sales (expected)||July 2019 sales||Growth %|
“Dispatches from OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) are likely to improve sequentially on further ramp-up in plant utilization levels, following the recovery in supply chain and labour issues. But, dispatches are expected to be lower on a year-on-year basis even on a low base,” Nirmal Bang, a broking firm said in its estimate report.
Tractors and two-wheelers have seen some recovery on back of strong rural demand. That trend is expected to sustain for July as well.
According to Nirmal Bang, the retail sales were affected in July due to erratic lockdowns and tighter financing but were higher than the June numbers. It also said that there had been a lot of down-trading with higher demand in the 100-125cc segment. “All the 2W OEMs have taken a price increase of about ₹1,500-2,000 over the last two months.”
|Bajaj Auto||July 2020 sales (expected)||July 2019 sales||Growth %|
|Hero MotoCorp||July 2020 sales (expected)||July 2019 sales||Growth %|
|TVS Motor Company||July 2020 sales (expected)||July 2019 sales||Growth %|
Bajaj Auto CFO Soumen Ray told PTI that the company is "seeing month-on-month improvement in sales. There was no sale in April while the decline was very large in May. June was significantly better than May and July is much better than June."
Despite a recovery in the overall sector, the commercial vehicle segment will remain the dullest due to economic slowdown, excess capacity and limited driver availability.
|Ashok Leyland||July 2020 sales (expected)||July 2019 sales||Growth %|
Source: Nirmal Bang Brokerage
|Eicher Motors||July 2020 sales (expected)||July 2019 sales||Growth %|
|Royal Enfield (RE)||40,639||54,185||-25%|
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