Czech Republic based car manufacturer Skoda Auto’s Indian subsidiary has registered a sales increase of 90% in April 2011. Skoda Auto India sold 2,446 units last month compare to 1,285 units in the same month in 2010.
“I am extremely happy with our performance this month as we have almost doubled our sales over last year with 90 per cent growth. We finished the first quarter of 2011 successfully and I am confident that the positive sales momentum will continue,” Skoda Auto India Board Member (Sales and Marketing) Thomas Kuehl was quoted as saying by Aytoplugged.com.
Skoda is part of VW (Volkswagen) group and had registered a 38% sales growth in 2010 as against its sales in 2009. In December 2010, Skoda had sold 2617 units of their small car Fabia taking the annual total to 20,000 units. Volkswagen (VW) India had sold 32,627 cars in 2012 (growth of 974% against the sales in 2009). Also read: Skoda Rapid sedan India launch soon
Skoda will likely launch a sedan based on the Volkswagen Vento in India around October 2011. The company will name the upcoming sedan ‘Rapid’ and may price it at roughly Rs. 7 lakh for the base petrol version and Rs. 7.80 lakh for the base diesel version.
Other car manufacturers too have disclosed sales figures for 2011as well:
Mahindra & Mahindra
A statement issued by the company revealed that Mahindra has registered a 23% sales increase in April 2011. The company sold 32,090 cars last month as against the 26,043 units sold in April 2010.
Honda Siel Cars India
Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI) has registered a 43.76% decline in sales April 2011 sales. This is disappointing since even those car manufacturers who produce low volumes have reported significant growth in sales over the past few months. Related: Honda April sales decline
General Motors India suffered from a sales fall of 5.19% in April 2011. The company sold 3,889 units of their small car Spark, 2,447 units of the Beat, 157 units of UVA, 162 units of their Aveo sedan, 376 units of their mid-sized sedan Optra and 939 units of their luxury sedan Cruze.
Tata has seen a mixed response in terms of sales in April 2011. The Tat Nano sold 70,432 units during the March 2010 – March 2011 period which is a 132% sales increase when compared to the 30,350 sold in the March 2009 – March 2010 period. This trickles down to a grand total of 1, 10,782 units of the Nano in India. Also read: Tata Nano sales go up in April
Sales of the Indica and Indigo however have seen a downward shift and Tata Motors sold 4,250 units of the Indica models (eV2, Xeta, Vista) and 5,282 units of the ‘Indigo’ models (CS, Marina, XL, Manza). When compared with sales in April 2010, the sales of the Indica and Indigo models were down by 53% and 27% respectively.
Sales of Tata’s SUVs/MPVs have gone up by 15% in the last month the company sold 3,843 units of Sumo, Safari and Aria models.