Demand for luxurious vehicles outpaces total auto gross sales

Rich Indians, who made cash on the inventory market or via their investments in tech, didn’t have an opportunity to spend it on abroad holidays or different indulgences within the pandemic. As an alternative, they selected to splurge on luxurious vehicles from Audi to Lamborghini.

The consequence: Whereas India’s car leaders akin to Maruti and Hyundai returned below-par retail gross sales within the yr ended March 2022, luxurious automotive gross sales boomed on this planet’s fourth-largest car market.

As many as 24,009 luxurious vehicles offered in India within the 12 months which ended on March 31, up 45 per cent from the year-ago interval, in keeping with information from the Federation of Vehicle Sellers Associations. In the meantime, retail gross sales of the general auto trade rose by 14.24 per cent.

The development boosted the fortunes of luxurious carmakers throughout the board together with Audi, Lamborghini, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Volvo, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Bentley and Ferrari.

“We now have seen a shift in direction of premium autos in a lot of the geographies, together with India,” stated Manoj Garg, Director-Funding, WhiteOak Capital Group. 

Taking India’s instance, he added, the share of the SUV phase within the total car gross sales combine has gone up over time, rising from 7 per cent in FY13 to 29 per cent in FY21.

A few of these automotive makers akin to Audi clocked a 169 per cent year-on-year progress with 1,088 vehicles being offered in FY22 as towards 404 in FY21.

Audi India head, Balbir Singh Dhillon, stated the posh automotive market has proven encouraging indicators with the continuing vaccination drive and decreased variety of instances.

“At Audi India, our sturdy efficiency final yr was buoyed by higher preparedness for the second wave, revival in buyer sentiment and robust enterprise continuity. Within the first quarter of 2022, we have now seen sturdy demand and are hopeful of double-digit progress this yr,” he addes.

Italian car maker Lamborghini additionally recorded a 142 per cent year-over-year progress within the yr. The corporate, which is owned by Volkswagen Group via its arm Audi, delivered 63 luxurious and Sport Utility Autos (SUVs) on Indian roads as towards 26 in your complete 2020-21 interval.

“The Indian market has large potential for the Lamborghini model and we’re inspired by the response we get from our clients and followers of the model in India,” stated Sharad Agarwal, Head of Lamborghini India.

Different carmakers akin to Bentley (117 per cent), Mercedes (70 per cent) and Porsche (66 per cent) additionally noticed their retail gross sales go up significantly through the yr.

The street forward

Globally, the car trade has been dealing with sturdy supply-side points by way of the unavailability of semiconductors and rising enter prices. India’s automakers, too, have been failing to match up the demand with their provide.

Agarwal stated, “2022 is troublesome to foretell on the time being as a result of present geopolitical scenario we live in.” Nonetheless, he added that the corporate continued to remain on monitor by way of its objective of constant progress in India.

The corporate had additionally just lately introduced the promoting of 400 vehicles in India for the reason that inception of operations in India.

Audi’s Dhillon stated that no producer has escaped the semiconductor scarcity. 

“At Audi too, the influence was inevitable – nevertheless, our planning cycles are fairly lengthy and therefore, we have now been in a position to handle properly.”

He sees much more room for India’s luxurious automotive phase to develop within the days to come back. 

“You will need to observe that the posh phase has remained solely about 1 per cent of the general passenger car trade and has nice potential for progress,” Dhillon stated.

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