Vehicle scrappage policy helps stocks of carmakers jump more than 10%
Auto stocks jumped up to 10.5 per cent on Monday as investors cheered sales growth numbers of companies like Maruti Suzuki, M&M, Tata Motors and also the announcement of voluntary vehicle scrapping policy.
Ashok Leyland zoomed 10.48 per cent, Tata Motors gained 6.53 per cent, Mahindra & Mahindra 6.06 per cent, TVS Motor Company 3.09 per cent, Bajaj Auto 2.67 per cent and Maruti Suzuki India 2.66 per cent.
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Reflecting a seemingly sustainable market recovery amid concerns of oversupply of certain parts, auto majors Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai Motor, M&M, Tata Motors, Honda and MG Motor on Monday reported growth in their domestic passenger vehicle sales in January.
The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) reported a 2.6 per cent rise in domestic sales to 1,48,307 units last month as against 1,44,499 units in January 2020.
Homegrown auto major Tata Motors said its passenger vehicle sales in the domestic market in January stood at 26,978 units as against 13,894 units in the same month previous year, up 94 per cent.
Utility vehicles major Mahindra & Mahindra's domestic passenger vehicle sales were up 4 per cent to 20,634 units last month as compared to 19,797 units in January 2020.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced the much-awaited voluntary vehicle scrapping policy to phase out old and polluting vehicles.
Presenting the Budget for 2021-22 in Parliament, Sitharaman said that under voluntary vehicle scrapping policy, personal vehicles would undergo fitness test after 20 years while commercial vehicles would require it after completion of 15 years.
Tata Motors CEO and MD Guenter Butschek said voluntary vehicle scrapping policy to phase out old and unfit vehicles, augmenting public transport system in urban areas, continuing focus on adoption of cleaner fuels, and enhancing outlays for developing road infrastructure are positive steps for the auto industry.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) Vice Chairman Vikram Kirloskar said the long-awaited scrapping policy could contribute to lower fuel consumption, lessen pollution while also generating additional demand for cleaner new vehicles.
"Automobile sector will have much to cheer from the union government's decision to introduce a voluntary vehicle scrapping policy," said Vishal Wagh, Research Head, Bonanza Portfolio on Budget 2021. PTI SUM ANS ANS