March auto registrations continue to fall by 28.64% yoy but grew 10.05% mom

Tractors and Passenger Vehicles sustained its healthy momentum by growing 29.21% and 28.39% yoy on a low base.

Apr 08, 2021 02:04 IST India Infoline News Service

The Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) today released Monthly Vehicle Registration Data for March 2021. According to Association’s data Auto Registrations in March continue to fall by -28.64% yoy but grew 10.05% MoM.

Tractors and Passenger Vehicles (PV) sustained its healthy momentum by growing 29.21% and 28.39% yoy on a low base, transition from BS-4 to BS-6 and India going under lockdown last year.

Two-wheeler (2W) registration fell by -35.26% yoy and three-wheeler (3W) registration fell -50.72% yoy and Commercial Vehicle (CV) fell -42.20% yoy.

On MoM basis 2W, 3W, CV, PV and Tractor registrations grew by 9.54%, 14.15%, 14,15%, 10,11% and 12.60% respectively, FADA said.

The passenger vehicle waiting period continued to hold its ground and remained as high as 7 months as scarcity of semiconductors remained put. 47% of PV dealers said that they lost more than 20% of sales due to supply-side constraints.

There was no significant change in Dealer inventory days as PV & 2W inventory remained in the range of 10-15 and 30-35 days.

The second wave of Covid is not only spreading faster but is also trying to destabilize the growth which India has been able to achieve in last few months. Any lockdown at this point will severely hamper the momentum which is getting built for Auto Industry to come out of the woods.

Commenting on how March’21 performed, FADA President, Vinkesh Gulati said, “Auto Registrations for the month of March witnessed double digit fall to the tune of -28.64% yoy, in spite of 7 days of lockdown last year.

Tractors and Passenger Vehicles were the only 2 categories which saw healthy double digit growth. This growth can be associated with multiple factors like low base of last year, transition from BS-4 to BS-6 and India going under total lockdown. Global shortage of wafers which is an input for semiconductor, continued to linger around and kept PV waiting period as high as 7 months. According to FADA Survey, 47% PV dealers said that they lost more than 20% sales due to supply side constraints.

Tractors continued its dream run as rural incomes saw improvements after successive monsoons and good rabi produce. If experts are to be believed, India will witness a normal monsoon for the 3rd year in a row. This will further see tractors performing well in FY 21-22.”

He further said, “According to Pew Research, financial woes brought by Covid-19 have pushed about 32 million Indians out of the middle class, undoing years of economic gains. This had its impact on 2-wheelers as it saw one of its steepest de-growth in last few months. This coupled with high fuel prices and price increase acted as double whammy. It not only created a havoc in entry level customers mind but also kept them away from visiting showrooms.

The 3-wheeler marketing is witnessing a tactical shift from ICE to EV’s. While prices of vehicles are increasing due to BS-6 and metals prices, customers coming from lower income category are not able to re-pay EMI’s due to poor income. This coupled with social distancing norms and educational institutions still closed are keeping riders away.

Commercial vehicles continued to degrow on YoY basis. High BS-6 prices, low finance availability, repayment pressure due to moratorium period getting over, were the few reasons for non-performance. The category showed growth in some markets/sub categories where Government Infrastructure spending has begun. Bus segment continued to suffer due to ongoing Pandemic.”

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