CV industry bucks trend, set for single-digit growth despite elections

Girish Wagh, Executive Director at Tata Motors, pointed out that the CV industry has exhibited surprising resilience, registering 8% year-on-year (YoY) growth in the first two months of Q1.

By Shahkar Abidi calendar 26 Jun 2024 Views icon1679 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp
CV industry bucks trend, set for  single-digit growth despite elections

Contrary to cyclical expectations of a slowdown during a general election year, India's commercial vehicle (CV) industry appears to be defying the trend. Industry leader Tata Motors is now forecasting "good single-digit growth" for the full year, revising earlier predictions of stagnation.

This bullish outlook comes despite concerns about a potentially sluggish first quarter (Q1) due to the recent elections. However, as Girish Wagh, Executive Director at Tata Motors, pointed out, the CV industry has exhibited surprising resilience, registering 8% year-on-year (YoY) growth in the first two months of Q1.

"I think for the entire year we should see good single-digit growth which initially I think many experts had predicted that it will remain flat," Wagh stated during a media interaction.

He elaborated on the positive spillover effects expected across key sectors like steel, cement, power, mining, and construction, all of which are significant consumers of commercial vehicles.

The government's focus on boosting manufacturing as a share of GDP is another tailwind for the CV industry. This increased emphasis on manufacturing is likely to translate into higher freight movement and passenger traffic, further stimulating demand for commercial vehicles.

Looking ahead, the optimistic outlook extends beyond the immediate year. India's projected rise to become the world's third-largest economy by GDP within the next five years, paints a rosy picture for the CV industry. This economic expansion is expected to fuel demand for commercial vehicles across segments, driving sustained growth in the coming years.


 

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