Domestic car sales jump 23% in Oct
Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), however, downplayed the feat saying that the growth was on a low base of 1,40,105 units in the same month last year and the automotive industry continues to face challenges in pushing sales.
"The car sales growth rate that we have achieved this October is the highest since January 2011, which was at 25.27 per cent. In terms of volumes, this is the highest since March this year when it was at 2,29,866 units," SIAM Director General Vishnu Mathur told reporters here.
However, he said it was to early to rejoice for the industry as high interest rates and fuel prices, uncertain economic environment and low consumer sentiments still prevails and it has started affecting even the rural markets.
"Compared to the last four months, we have a good growth. This is of course due to festival season but this is on a very low base of October last year," Mathur added. On a comparative basis of the festive season sales between last year, which was mainly in September, and this year, he said the sales growth has been marginal.
"If we compare September last year and October this year, the growth in just 3.6 per cent. So once the festive season is over we will face the challenge again and next month will
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