Car, two-wheeler sales rise

Passenger car sales rose 8.34 per cent in January to 84,235 units from 77,744 units in the same month last year. Motorcycle sales rose to 499,333 units from 435,665 a year ago. The numbers were released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers today.

Car sales in April-January, the first ten months of the fiscal year to March 2006, rose to 707,901 units from 668,382 a year earlier, the society said in a statement.

Maruti, Tata Motors, Ford and Honda reported increasing sales, but Hyundai's monthly sales fell to 11,631 units in January 2006 from 14,540 units in January 2005.

Sales of commercial vehicles -- trucks and buses -- stood at 34,037 units, up from 29,634 in the same month a year earlier, while sales in April-January were 271,979 units against 252,919 year on year.

Sales in April-January were up to 4,781,917 units against 4,102,939 bikes a year earlier.
Automobile Domestic Sales Trends  2003-04  2004-05
M&HCVs 161,395 198,561
LCVs 98,719 119,877
CVs 260,114 318,438
Passenger Cars 696,153 819,918
Utility Vehicles 146,388 176,339
MPVs 59,555 65,033
PVs 902,096 1,061,290
Scooters 886,295 923,566
Motorcycles 4,170,445 4,964,442
Mopeds 307,509 320,852
Two Wheelers 5,364,249 6,208,860
Three Wheelers 284,078 307,887
Grand Total 6,810,537 7,896,475

(Source: Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers)