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Covid-19 restrictions leads to slow dispatches by auto industry in May – Times of India


NEW DELHI: With most of the country under a lockdown in May due to Covid-19 restrictions, sales in the month remained subdued with companies awaiting a gradual re-opening up of the broader market from June onwards.
With a large part of dealerships shut, many companies had also halted production temporarily during the month as part of maintenance shutdowns in lieu of the restrictions.
Maruti, the country’s biggest carmaker, reported sales of 32,903 units in the domestic market, hoping to catch up on the numbers as the market opens up. The company has said that its delivery backlog stretches up to over 2 lakh cars, and has now begun a gradual ramp-up of production.
Hyundai, which was petitioned by the workers for a production break in view of the challenging situation, had sold on 25,001 units.
Tata Motors said its sales stood at 15,181 units in the month, while Kia said its sales/deliveries to dealerships stood at 11,050 units, hoping that demand will return soon.
“We are confident that the need for personal mobility and pent-up demand will drive the recovery for the entire industry in the months to come,” said Tae-Jin Park, Chief Sales and Business Strategy Officer at Kia India.
Mahindra’s numbers stood at 8,004 units, Honda Car’s at 2,032 units, while Toyota was at a low of 707.
“Last month witnessed no production at our plants in Bidadi as well as minimal sales owing to the much-needed restrictions and sporadic lockdowns in different parts of the country. Hence comparing last month’s performance to that of May 2020 would be highly skewed, as May 2020 had witnessed a gradual restart of both operations and sales,” said Naveen Soni, VP at Toyota Kirloskar.
On the two-wheeler side, Hero Moto sold 1.6 lakh units while Honda Motorcycles and Scooter India dispatched nearly 39,000 units. For TVS, the deliveries were at 52,084 units while Royal Enfield sold 20,073 units.





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