While two-wheeler sales in the domestic market in India are currently moving in the slow lane, exports to international markets have seen a substantial increase in the April-January period of this financial year, according to data from auto industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). Two-wheeler exports in the period stood at 27,59,935 units compared with 23,09,805 units exported in the same period a year ago, SIAM data revealed.
The growth in two-wheeler exports comes mainly for motorcycles and scooters. Motorcycle shipments to foreign markets during the period stood at 24,12,800 units against 20,34,250 units in the corresponding period last fiscal, up 18.61 percent.
Likewise, scooter exports zoomed by 26.67 percent to 3,32,197 units as compared to 2,62,253 units in the year-ago period, SIAM said. Exports of mopeds grew by 12.3 percent to 14,938 units, against 13,302 units a year ago.
Recovery in markets such as Africa and Latin America has helped two-wheeler manufacturers crank up their exports from India, industry observers said. Leading the two-wheeler export bandwagon is Bajaj Auto, which shipped a total of 14,50,766 units in the April-January period, a jump of 24.87 percent.
Chennai-based TVS Motor Co's exports also zoomed by 29.18 percent to 5,04,799 units during the period, as per the SIAM data. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India also posted a 10.3 percent increase in its two-wheeler exports to 3,25,759 units during the period.
India Yamaha Motor posted a 2.39 percent increase in its exports to 2,09,352 units, while Hero MotoCorp's shipments stood at 1,63,480 units, up 5.74 percent. The rise in exports comes at a time when two-wheeler sales in India have slowed down to single-digit growth.
According to SIAM, two-wheeler sales in the domestic market stood at 1,81,25,656 units in the April-January period this fiscal as against 1,67,71,630 units in the corresponding period last fiscal, a growth of 8.07 percent.