Top automakers post decline in January wholesales amid semiconductor shortage

Country's top passenger vehicle makers such Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Mahindra & Mahindra, Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Honda posted a dip in wholesales of vehicles in January as dispatches from factories to dealers declined due to shortage of semiconductors, hampering production.

File photo used for representational purpose only (via REUTERS)
File photo used for representational purpose only

However, carmakers such as Tata Motors and Skoda Auto India managed to posted huge jump in their domestic wholesales last month despite the pandemic related woes and the global chip crisis.

Domestic sales of Maruti Suzuki India slipped by 8 per cent to 1,36,442 units last month as compared to 1,48,307 units in January of 2021. The company said that the shortage of electronic components had a minor impact on the production of vehicles which are primarily sold in domestic market. "The company took all possible measures to minimise the impact," it said.

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Similarly, Hyundai Motor India also reported a 15.35 per cent decline in its domestic sales at 44,022 units last month as against 52,005 units in January of 2021.

Homegrown automaker Mahindra & Mahindra also posted a decline of 3.25% by selling 19,964 units in the domestic market last month as against 20,634 units in January last year. "We continue to closely monitor the semi-conductor related parts issue and take corrective action as appropriate," M&M Automotive Division CEO Veejay Nakra said.

Even Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) posted a 34 per cent decline in domestic wholesales at 7,328 units in January as compared to 11,126 units sold in January 2021.

Similarly, Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) said its domestic sales were at 10,427 units last month compared to 11,319 units in January 2021,posting a decline of 7.88 per cent. "The sales in the month of January 22 got partially impacted owing to the weekend-lockdowns in some cities but overall the situation looks positive and steady," the company's Director (Marketing and Sales) Yuichi Murata said.

In contrast to these companies, Tata Motors posted a massive jump of 51.5% by selling 40,777 units last month as compared to 26,978 units clocked in January 2021. The company's electric vehicle sales during the month rose nearly five times at 2,892 vehicles as against 514 units sold in the year-ago period.

Kia India also reported 1.38 per cent increase in its sales at 19,319 units in January 2022 as compared with 19,056 units in the year-ago month.

Likewise, Skoda Auto India reported a close to three-fold increase in sales to 3,009 units last month, riding on its newly launched SUV Kushaq. The company had sold 1,004 units in the same month last year.

MG Motor India reported a rise of 20 per cent to 4,306 units in January as compared to 3,602 units sold in the same period a year ago. "The supply remains affected due to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage, which has led to reduced production," MG Motor India said in a statement.

First Published Date: 02 Feb 2022, 10:37 AM IST
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