India car sales up 6.7%; bikes 7.4%
According to figures released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), domestic car sales in July stood at 1,43,496 units as against 1,34,473 units in the same month last year.
"Car sales are growing mostly due to diesel models, which have also started seeing moderation in demand except for one or two models. This year's car sales growth has also been magnified by the low base of last year due to strike in Maruti," SIAM Director General Vishnu Mathur said.
Country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India had witnessed strike by workers at its Manesar plant in June last year that had severely hit production.
The ongoing lockout at Maruti's Manesar plant, which was declared on July 21, will start impacting the industry's numbers from this month and going forward, he added.
"There is nothing positive which has happened last month to spur growth, except for slight moderation in petrol prices. Otherwise, interest rates remain high and consumer sentiments are down," Mathur said.
He said the industry is "hoping that the new finance minister would take up steps so that there could be moderation of interest rates and the gap in the prices between petrol and diesel fuels is reduced so that demand can pick up again."
In the passenger car segment, market leader Maruti Suzuki's sales jumped by 8.32 per cent to 56,851 units.
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