An increase in infrastructure, mining and e-comm have helped the sales numbers
The domestic Commercial Vehicle (CV) segment continued its uptick in June with most of the manufacturers seeing a positive sales growth albeit on a low base effect of last year due to the second wave of Covid19.
In the case of Tata Motors, its CV segment recorded a total of 34,409 units in June 2022, a 76 percent growth over June last year when it had clocked 19,594 units.
Girish Wagh, Executive Director, Tata Motors said the domestic sales in Q1 FY23 at 95,703 units was 121 percent higher than Q1 FY22 (a Covid-impacted quarter) while being 13 percent lower than the previous quarter Q4 FY22.
He said that growth in Q1FY23 has been broad-based across regions and segments. With the CV segment, the M&HCV and I&LCV segments grew by 104 percent and 138 percent , respectively, over the same quarter (Q1) last year on the back of increased activity in road construction, mining, and growth in agriculture and e-commerce.
The demand for small CV on the other hand from last-mile distribution remained robust backed by continued consumer spending. Likewise, the bus segment saw a recovery, with a 57 percent increase over Q4 FY22, due to the opening of schools and replacement of staff buses. "Going ahead, we remain cautiously optimistic about overall demand while keeping a close watch on interest rates, transporter profitability, commodity prices and semiconductor availability,” Wagh noted.
Ashok Leyland reported domestic sales at 13469 units in June, a 130 percent jump over corresponding period last year when it sold 5851 units, the company said in a regulatory filing. Its medium and heavy commercial vehicle segment truck sales last month stood at 7703 units, as compared to 2259 units in the year-ago month. Likewise, its sales of buses stood at 696 units in June 2022 as against 105 in June 2021, reflected the opening up of schools and educational institutions.
Sales of LCVs in the domestic market stood at 5070 units in June 2022 as against 3487 units in June 2021, the company said. Ashok Leyland has been able to claw back some market share on the back of new products and variant launches. At present, its penetration in the truck segment stands at around 29 percent.
Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) sold 20431 vehicles in June 2022 with all the Light Commercial Vehicle Segments of under 2 tonnes, pickups (2T to 3.5T), >3.5 tonnes and HCVs continuing their growth trajectory in June 2022,” the company informed in a statement. Within the various CV categories, sales of those LCV < 2T stood at 3410 units June FY723, a 28 percent growth over corresponding period last year. Similarly, the LCVs in the range of 2-3.5 T grew by 69 percent to 16,405 over the previous period last year. Further, in the LCV over 3.5 tonne + MHCV, the sales grew to 616 units which is 78 percent higher over the previous comparable period.
Lastly for VE Commercial Vehicles, the domestic CV market recorded sales of Eicher branded trucks and buses of 5584 units in June 2022 as compared to 1760 units in June 2021, representing a growth of 217.3 percent .
The consistent improvement in CV sales comes even as the industry has been witnessing pricing stability prompting all the vehicle manufacturers to keep passing on the price hikes amidst the rise in commodity prices. Tatas announced a hike, its third since the beginning of this year starting July 1.
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