- Lockdown continues in the country since March 25, auto companies have been shut down since then
- Skoda said, for the first time in 30 years, we have not sold a single car
May 01, 2020, 04:02 PM IST
new Delhi. The nationwide lockdown caused by the Corona epidemic has broken the back of almost all businesses. Talk about the auto sector, its condition is worst. According to a report by the Indian Automobile Industry, none of the companies sold a single car in April. This is the first time in history that car sales have been zero. Everyone had the same condition, from Maruti Suzuki India Limited, the largest car selling company in the country to luxury car selling Mercedes, Skoda.
This situation is likely to continue even in May
Maruti Suzuki's RC Bhargava, TVS Motor's Venu Srinivasan, Mahindra & Mahindra's Pawan Goenka and other leading auto industry executives said that sales are not expected to improve next month. Due to this, the auto sector is likely to face a prolonged crisis. Maruti Suzuki chairman RC Bhargava said similar situations are expected in May. And it depends entirely on the coronavirus itself. Let us know that the lockdown was imposed in the country from 25 March and it has been extended 21 days till 3 May. Showrooms of all the companies including Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata remained closed in the country during this period.
This is the first time in 30 years that no car has been sold – Jack Hallis (Skoda Head)
Skoda car company head Jack Hallis said in a tweet that he did not sell any of his cars in April. He wrote that this is the first time in the last 30 years that we have not sold a single car. I am seeing this for the first time during my career. I hope the auto industry makes a comeback soon.
Well after 30 years in the Motor Industry this will be the first time in my career that I will have officially sold zero cars in a month. I know the business will return soon, in the meantime stay safe everyone and follow the Government guidelines wherever you are.
– Zac Hollis (@Zac_Hollis_) April 24, 2020
Domestic sales are zero – Maruti Suzuki
Releasing a sales report in the country's largest automotive industry, Maruti Suzuki on Friday, said that for the first time in history, not a single car was sold in April. He further stated that he stopped his operations on 22 March following the orders of the government. However, the company has already exported 632 units before Mundra Port resumes operations.
Not a single car sold due to lockdown- MG Motors
MG Motors said in its report on Friday that all the dealerships remained closed due to the lockdown. Due to this, not a single unit of MG cars was sold in April. The company said that in the last week of April, we have started operation and manufacturing at the plant at Halol (Gujarat). It is expected that production will be back on track in May. The company is working in the context of sanitization and social distancing.
Auto industry employs 4 crore people
The country's auto industry directly or indirectly employs over 40 million (ie 40 million) people. At the same time, it contributes 8% to the country's GDP and 15% to the government's tax collection. The government had given permission to start factories outside the Kovid-19 hotspot, but automakers have not started their plants yet. They are waiting for the situation to return to normal.
Declined 46% in March.
Coronavirus started showing its effect in March. In such a situation, sales of cars started getting affected from March itself. Sales of car companies like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai, the largest car sellers in the country, declined by up to 46 percent. Maruti Suzuki Chairman RC Bhargava said there will be a big drop in sales figures in the month of April. This is the first month when not a single car has been sold. While many companies showcased their new models with Maruti during the February Auto Expo 2020 event.