Auto Sector Crisis Continues Despite Marginal Rise in October 2019 Passenger Vehicle Sales Due to Festive Buying
Auto sales (Photo Credits: PTI)

Delhi, November 11: The auto sector continues to be one of the worst-hit in the economic crisis that has gripped the nation. From job losses, factory shutdown to low sales, companies are struggling on the back of muted demand. The ailing sector showed marginal signs of improvement on the back of festive sales, but not enough to pull the sector out from the crisis.

Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) data showed that the Indian auto sector's total sales declined by 12.76 per cent to 21,76,136 units in October from 24,94,345 units solder during the corresponding month of the previous year. Experts had earlier predicted that festive season sales would help boost the sector, but the October sales figure doesn't project exciting numbers. Auto Crisis in India Is Due to Bad Planning And Automakers Should Stop Acting as Cry Babies, Says N Srinivasan of India Cements.

There has been a marginal improvement in the sale of domestic passenger vehicles, up 0.28 per cent to 2,85,027 units in October from 2,84,223 units in the year-ago period.

But, the domestic car sales were down almost 6.34 per cent at 1,73,649 compared to 1,85,400 units in October 2018. The motorcycles sales also slowed almost 16 percent to 11,16,970 units against 13,27,758 units in the corresponding period a year ago. The total commercial vehicle sales also declined by 23 per cent to 66,773 units during last month as compared with 87,067 units in the same month last year, the SIAM report said. The festival month has thus failed to bring any cheer to the crisis-hit sector.