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Domestic passenger vehicle sales grew by 7.57 per cent to 2,85,477 units in January this year, riding on a robust growth of utility vehicles which posted the second highest ever monthly volume.
According to the data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) today, domestic passenger vehicle (PV) sales were at 2,65,389 units in the same month last year.
Car sales, however, declined by 1.25 per cent to 1,84,264 units last month as against 1,86,596 units in January last year.
The growth driver continues to be the utility vehicles (UV) segment, as it continued to draw a lot of customers, he added.
UV sales during the month stood at 85,850 units as against 62,263 units in the same month last year, a growth of 37.88 per cent, SIAM said.
"The UV sales in January this year is the second highest in terms of volumes after the highest clocked in July last year at 86,874 units," Mathur said.
The car segment is going through flat sales with the entry level segment not witnessing new model launches while customer preference has been shifting towards crossovers and compact SUVs, he added.
According to SIAM, total two-wheeler sales in January were higher by 33.43 per cent to 16,84,066 units compared to 12,62,140 units in the year-ago month.
Mathur said this reflected the overall strong demand for motorcycles and scooters in rural as well as urban markets. Motorcycle sales last month jumped by 28.64 per cent to 10,54,062 units compared to January 2017.
Market leader Hero MotoCorp posted a growth of 24.39 per cent in its domestic motorcycle sales at 5,43,325 units as against 4,36,771 units in the year-ago month. Rival Honda Scooter and Motorcycle India (HMSI) sold 1,69,537 units as compared to 1,39,161 units in the same month last year, a growth of 21.82 per cent.
Bajaj Auto's motorcycle sales in January stood at 1,63,111 units as compared to 1,19,803 units in January 2017, up 36.14 per cent.
In the scooters segment, market leader HMSI saw its domestic sales jump by 39.55 per cent to 3,19,318 units as against 2,28,811 units in the year-ago month. Chennai-based TVS Motors sold 84,140 units as compared to 66,734 units in January last year, up 25.91 per cent.
Hero MotoCorp's scooter sales stood at 76,062 units as compared to 34,949 units in the year-ago months, up 117.63 per cent.
SIAM said sales of commercial vehicles grew 39.73 per cent to 85,660 units in January as against 61,305 units, SIAM said.
Vehicle sales across categories registered 30.71 per cent growth at 21,17,746 units, compared to 16,20,179 units in January 2017, it added.
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