Tata Motors posts 23% growth in passenger vehicles sales; CV sales affected due to BS-III ban
Tata Motors in April reported a growth of 23% in its domestic passenger vehicle sales. It said its growth momentum continued at 12,827 units due to an encouraging response for its recently launched lifestyle utility vehicles (UV), Tata Hexa and its latest sedan the Tata Tigor. The Tata Tiago too continues to maintain good order pipeline.
However, Tata Motors said that the commercial vehicles (CV) were affected by the Supreme Court judgement announced on March 29, with the ban on the Bharat Stage-III sales, leading to the need for a higher quantity of BS-IV stock for April sales. “The higher demand at short notice, was not met in production, as vendors struggled to meet with the higher demand, especially in the MHCV segments,” said Tata Motors in a report.
Moreover, after the strong pre-buying of BS-III vehicles in March, and the price increase of BS-IV vehicles (especially in the MHCV and Buses at 8-10%), demand for BS-IV vehicles was also weak. The commercial vehicles sales in April 2017, in the domestic market, were at 16,017 units, lower by 36% over April 2016.
This is an unusual decline, in exceptional circumstances. Tata Motors expects production, wholesales and retails to pick up in May and June.
Tata Motors passenger and commercial vehicle total sales (including exports) in April 2017 were at 30,972 vehicles, a de-growth of 21% over 39,389 vehicles sold in April 2016. The company’s domestic sales of Tata commercial and passenger vehicles for April 2017 were at 28,844 units, lower by 19%, over 35,604 units, in April 2016.