Passenger vehicle shipments from India rose last month for the first time post COVID-19 pandemic, pointing towards demand recovery in some of the major export markets for Indian automakers. According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) data, passenger vehicle exports rose by 1.15 per cent to 37,187 units in January compared to 36,765 units in January 2020.
In April-January, passenger vehicle shipments were still down by 43.1 per cent at 3,28,360 units as against 5,77,036 units in the same period of 2019-20 financial year. “While exports of passenger vehicles for the April-January 2021 period is down by 43.1 per cent, the growth of 1.15 per cent in January 2021 over the previous year, makes it the first month of growth in passenger vehicle exports, post the pandemic,” SIAM Director General Rajesh Menon said.
Economic recovery in the export markets will be critical for revival of exports and continuity in growth momentum, he noted. In January, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) led the segment with export of 12,345 units, up 29.92 per cent. It was followed by Hyundai Motor India which shipped 8,100 units last month, down 19 per cent from the same month last year. Nissan Motor India exported 4,198 units in January, followed by Kia Motors and Ford India with 3,618 and 2,983 units respectively.