Tata Harrier moves past Compass and XUV-500 in march 2019 sales

Sales of SUVs >4m (excluding premium and luxury SUVs): March 2019 SUV sales in India

Tata Harrier, new entrant in the segment managed to overtake Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500 in march 2019 sales by a good margin. Harrier’s prime competitors are Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass, and Mahindra XUV500. Tata Harrier is placed uniquely that it competes with Creta in pricing while undercutting Compass by a huge margin. What remains to be seen is will it hold on to the sales momentum or will it decline in the upcoming months. Competition in segment is going further intensify with the launch of MG Hector, Kia SP2, and Citreon Aircross.

Tata Harrier gallery:

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Source: AutoPunditz

March 2019 car sales in India

Overall car sales in March 2019 declined by 2.8% when compared to March 2018 due to various reasons. One prominent reason being companies adjusting their inventories so that all the non-confirming stock is cleared before the new safety norms kick-in in April 2019. According to the new norms, all the cars must come fitted with ABS and non-ABS cars will not be registered post 31st March 2019, thus companies are in a rush to sell and register existing stock before April and are cutting on manufacturing of non-ABS models.

This inventory adjustments along with reasons like upcoming elections and market slump led to degrowth of 2.8%.

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  • All the OEMs barring Mahindra, Honda, and Toyota saw a decline in sales.
  • Maruti’s regular sales channel remained neutral while the premium Nexa channel declined by 6%. Nexa channel needs more models to arrest the sales decline and make it positive.
  • Interestingly Maruti’s market share grew by 0.7% from 49.8% in March 2018 to 50.5% in March 2019 while the overall sales declined by 1.5%.
  • Hyundai’s market and sales both declined by 0.8% and 8% respectively.
  • Mahindra’s sales grew by 5% while the market share grew by 0.6% from 8.4% to 9%.
  • Despite the newly launched Harrier, Tata Motors’ sales degrew by 12% and market share fell by 0.7%.
  • But the overall FY-2019 sales of Tata Motors saw an uptick of 12.18% which is the highest among all OEMs in India FY-2019. Standing next to Tata Motors is Honda with 8.09% growth owing amazing response to its facelifted Amaze. (Refer FY-2019 sales report for more)
  • Honda just short by 600 units stood at 5th position in the March 2019 sales chart next to Tata. Thanks to new Amaze, Honda’s sales grew by 27% and market share grew by 1.4% which is highest market share growth among all OEMs.
  • There’s nothing new to write about Toyota, it is riding on the sales of Innova Crysta and Fortuner while the Yaris can be termed as a flop. Toyota’s sales grew by 2% and market share grew by 0.3%.
  • Ford is running thriving on domestic sales of Ecosport and exports. Its sales degrew by 8% and its market share stood at 2.9%. Ford despite having the competent Figo twins is struggling to get good numbers.
  • The sole breadwinner for Renault India is Kwid and its sales are gradually declning, Captur’s launch isn’t helping improve the situation. Duster is long in the tooth and needs interior-exterior design overhaul to revive its sales. Renault’s sales declined by 7% while market share declined by 0.1%.
  • Nissan India’s situation is much worse compared to its alliance partner Renault. Despite having the mass market brand like Datsun its sales(Nissan+Datsun) fell by a whopping 41% and market share decline by 0.7%.
  • Volkswagen India’s sales and market share declined by 26% and 0.3% respectively. Introduction of Ameo isn’t helping the company, it is in dire need of portfolio expansion and uplifts for existing products. Volkswagen laid out a new strategy called India 2.0 wherein Skoda India will lead its India journey.
  • FCA India is at the verge of closing its Fiat India operations while the Jeep brand remains. FCA’s overall sales fell by 31.3% and market share fell by 0.2% due to fall in Jeep Compass sales. The groups sole breadwinner is Jeep Compass, the car received good market response but sales declined gradually over time.
  • Skoda’s sales fell by 6% while its market share remained unchanged at 0.5%.

Source: AutoPunditz

Media drive started for performance variants of Tiago & Tigor twins

As per the tweet by Sirish Chandran, Tata Motors has started media drive for Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP.

It is a known fact that Tata Motors has been working along with Jayem Automotives of Coimbatore to make performance variants of Tiago and Tigor twins. Tata and Jayem together rolled out a 50:50 joint venture called JT Special Vehicles Pvt Ltd.

JT Special Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. will develop a range of performance vehicles in a phased manner at a dedicated line, currently being explored at Coimbatore. With all processes including design, precision machining, assembly, and testing facilities driven under one roof, this facility will aim to deliver the next level of personalization and enhanced performance with agility and efficiency.

Through this partnership the JTP (Jayem Tata Performance) range of cars will make it possible for a large consumer audience to experience the thrill of driving. It also aims at enhancing the product portfolio of TATA MOTORS, by offering exciting, emotion charged products. JTP will appeal to customers with a hidden streak of adventure who are looking for more than just a solution to the daily commute.

According to the product note from Tata Motors:

The Tiago JTP & Tigor JTP are the first two products from this new exciting range. They have been developed to deliver high performance through enhanced power and torque output using the 1.2L turbocharged petrol engine with performance oriented intake and exhaust systems. The engine is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission with optimized gear ratios for superior acceleration and extraordinary performance. It also features multi drive modes – City and Sports for the best of both- sheer performance or efficiency while negotiating every day traffic. The suspension has been tuned for precision with reduced ground clearance for improved handling.

The Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP features a new front end with large grill, smoked projector headlamps, bonnet and fender vents. 15” diamond cut alloy wheels and side skirts enhance the side profile while a diffuser on the rear bumper carries the sporty theme to the rear. Smoked projector headlamps not only provide great illumination but add a touch of aggression to the front .The interiors feature an all-black theme with sporty accents on AC vents, premium leather seats & steering with contrast red stitching.

The Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP also feature dual front airbags and next-gen ABS with EBD and Corner stability control for absolute safety in all driving conditions. For enhanced connectivity and a best in class infotainment experience – they come with infotainment system by Harman™ with 8 speakers for a surround sound like effect.

Technical Specifications:

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About Jayem Automotives:

Jayem Automotives is an independent Automotive R & D Company involved in design, development, testing and manufacturing of a wide range of automotive components, systems and prototypes. The company has been contracted by MRF Limited to manufacture and run the Indian Formula Ford Championship since 2008 & Formula 2000 since 2012 respectively.

About Tata Motors:

Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 2, 75, 561 crores (USD 41.6 billion) in 2015-16. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India. With over 9 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.

India car sales snapshot in April 2018

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Maruti Suzuki India time and again proved that it cannot be dethroned that easily. Despite having around 50% market share it further grew to capture a whopping 55% market share. Every time we think that Maruti reached peaks and it cannot grow further it is proving us wrong, this month it grew by 13.4% compared to the last April.

Tata Motors despite trying hard to reach third position is still having tough time to displace Mahindra. But Tata can make it to third position as we can see it is consistently growing at a healthy rate(this month it grew by 34.4%) owing to the success of Tiago and Nexon.

Biggest loser this April is Honda, it de-grew by 36.9% compared to the April 2017.

Thanks to Jeep Compass that Fiat is able to post better numbers.

Source: Autopunditz

Tata Motors and ASDC certify first batch of trainees in Sanand for skills in automotive assembly

The collaborative skill development program was introduced in 2016 through an MoU between both parties

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Mr. Rajesh Khatri, Vice President, Passenger Vehicle Operations, Tata Motors, Mr. Gajendra Chandel, CHRO, Tata Motors and Mr. Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) at the certification ceremony of the first batch of trainees in Sanand, graduating from the collaborative skills development and certification program.

Key Highlights:

  • Tata Motors has partnered with ASDC (Automotive Skills Development Council), NSDC (National Skills Development Corporation) and NAPS (National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme), for various skill development programs in the automotive sectors
  • 168 trainees (154 boys and 14 girls) at Sanand plant of Tata Motors have been awarded the ASDC Certification in automotive assembly skills and similar assessments are being conducted in Tata Motors Sanand Plant. We would be certifying around 1500+ trainees in next 3 years at Sanand plant.
  • Tata Motors plans to skill 40,000 people in next 3 to 4 years across all plants, subsidiaries and dealer network

As part of a unique initiative to promote “Skill India Mission”, Tata Motors and Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) certified the first batch of trainees under their collaborative skills development and certification program. Introduced in 2016, the program is currently training around 4000 apprentices, out of which 168 trainees (154 boys and 14 girls) with over 90% success ratio at Sanand Plant of Tata Motors have been awarded the ASDC Certification in automotive assembly skills. The trainees, after completion of their first-year training at Tata Motors’ Skill Development Center were assessed through an online test, a practical examination and a viva conducted by the external ASDC nominated assessor. Trainees that successfully passed these examinations were felicitated at the certificates award ceremony in the presence of top officials from Tata Motors, ASDC and NEEM partners at Sanand.

The first batch of trainees were awarded the ASDC certification in presence of Mr. Gajendra Chandel, Chief Human Resource Officer, Tata Motors, Mr. Sunil Chaturvedi, Chief Executive Officer, ASDC and Mr. Rajesh Khatri, Vice President – Operations, Passenger Vehicles, Tata Motors.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Gajendra Chandel, CHRO, Tata Motors, said, “Today indeed is a very proud moment for us at Tata Motors, as the first batch of ASDC certified trainees, enrolled under the NEEM program, graduate from the Sanand plant Skill Development Center. This program has been diligently put together by Tata Motors’ Skills Development Center, in association with NEEM service provider and ASDC. It’s a matter of great satisfaction to see a large batch of trainees, both girls and boys, mostly from rural areas and small towns who were inducted through the “Earn & Learn” mode under the ‘National Employability Enhancement Mission (NEEM)’ that’s part of Government’s Skill India mission. With the evolution in automobile manufacturing and service, the need for skilled workforce will continue to increase exponentially, with a huge potential to generate large-scale employment opportunities. However, for the youth to be able to take up these opportunities, it is important they have the mindset of quality, productivity, safety and discipline coupled with right technical skills, which our Skills Development Center as well NEEM partner, imparted very systematically during the program duration. Sowing the seeds of learning has short, mid and long-term benefits, and we at Tata Motors foresee this as the foundation to prepare them as well the Indian Automotive Industry for future growth.”

Adding to this, Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC), said, “The automotive industry is a significant generator of employment in India. Till date, the ASDC has contributed to the development of the automotive industry by creating 200 Qualification Packs (QPs) comprising of 363 Unique National Occupational Standards (NOS) and total 946 NOS related to automotive sector. Tata Motors’ partnership with ASDC will further enhance the expertise in conducting research, developing training course curriculums and certification of trainers and students, in consultation with experts from the automotive industry and from academia.”

Tata Motors has been at the forefront in creating the right set of talent pool for the automobile engineering and manufacturing industry. With a first-of-its-kind MoU with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Tata Motors has over the past few years has signed over six such agreements with leading institutes and organisations, to develop skilled & highly competent manpower for being future ready.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited, a USD 42 billion organisation, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, buses, trucks and defence vehicles. As India’s largest automobile company and part of the USD 100 billion Tata group, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a strong global network of 76 subsidiary and associate companies, including Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and Tata Daewoo in South Korea. In India, Tata Motors has an industrial joint venture with Fiat. Engaged in engineering and automotive solutions, with a focus on future-readiness and a pipeline of tech-enabled products, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles with 9 million vehicles on Indian roads. The company’s innovation efforts are focused on developing auto technologies that are sustainable as well as suited. With design and R&D centres located in India, the UK, Italy and Korea, Tata Motors strives to pioneer new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers. Abroad, Tata cars, buses, and trucks are being marketed in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS, and Russia.

Tata Motors Press Release

Tata Motors inaugurates its 22nd commercial vehicle dealership in Maharashtra State – Ujwal Automotives Pvt Ltd in Nashik

Tata Motors’ newly inaugurated commercial vehicle dealership, Ujwal Automotives Pvt. Ltd. in Nashik
  • Tata Motors today inaugurated its 22nd commercial vehicle dealership in the State of Maharashtra through Ujwal Automotives Pvt. Ltd. in Nashik
  • With this new facility at Nashik, Tata Motors has 55 such 3S facility in the state of Maharashtra with Sales, Service and Spare parts

Tata Motors today inaugurated its 22nd commercial vehicle dealership in the State of Maharashtra through Ujwal Automotives Pvt. Ltd. in Nashik. The new state-of-the-art dealership facility has been developed on over 41,000 sq.ft of land, providing customers with a complete sale, service and spares experience, for Tata Motors’ complete range of commercial vehicles.

Located at Mumbai Agra highway, the new 3S facility’s after-sales service arrangement has a capacity to cater to 36 vehicles a day. Equipped with 14 bays staffed by professionally trained technicians, it also offers amenities such as an advanced full range wheel alignment unit, an air-conditioned customer lounge, driver’ restrooms etc.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Girish Wagh, President, Tata Motors CVBU, said, “Tata Motors is continuously enhancing the coverage and capacity of our network to cater to the increasing needs of our ever-growing customer base. We are happy to extend the responsibility of Nashik territory to our existing dealer of Dhule – M/S Ujwal Automotives to expand our services on the busy Mumbai – Agra National highway at Nashik, a very key market in Maharashtra. With a very encouraging demand for our commercial vehicles, this facility being inaugurated today, will help create long-term value for the Tata Motors brand. Ujwal Automotives is a Full range dealer and will be catering to both Cargo and Passenger segments of commercial vehicles in Nashik District. Qualified and skilled staff members will make the whole experience of purchasing and owning a Tata Motors commercial vehicle a truly beneficial. With this new facility, Maharashtra state has the highest number of 55 such 3S dealership facilities for sales, service and spare parts in addition to the 93 Tata Authorized Service stations (TASS), totaling 148 service facilities to be able to serve our growing base of customers and their vehicles”.

Mr. Ashish Kishor Patil, Managing Director, Ujwal Automotives said, “We are extremely delighted and privileged to continue our partnership with Tata Motors and now happy to be present in Nashik as well. At our new state-of-the-art dealership, customers can experience a host of primary and value-added services for Tata Motors entire range of commercial vehicles, through trained personnel. The new facility in Nashik, offers a contemporary-styled hub for Sales, Service and Spare Parts and is spacious, for a comfortable purchase and service experience.”

The inauguration of a new dealership is part of Tata Motors’ strategy to leverage the substantial demand of commercial vehicles in Maharashtra. It also helps the company retain its distinction of being the leading commercial vehicle manufacturer with the largest sales and services network for commercial vehicles in India.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited, a USD 42 billion organisation, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, buses, trucks and defence vehicles. As India’s largest automobile company and part of the USD 100 billion Tata group, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a strong global network of 76 subsidiary and associate companies, including Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and Tata Daewoo in South Korea. In India, Tata Motors has an industrial joint venture with Fiat. Engaged in engineering and automotive solutions, with a focus on future-readiness and a pipeline of tech-enabled products, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles with 9 million vehicles on Indian roads. The company’s innovation efforts are focused on developing auto technologies that are sustainable as well as suited. With design and R&D centres located in India, the UK, Italy and Korea, Tata Motors strives to pioneer new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers. Abroad, Tata cars, buses, and trucks are being marketed in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS, and Russia.

January 2018 PV sales in India

Maruti Suzuki India Limited

Maruti Suzuki’s passenger vehicle sales in January 2018 stood at 1,39,189 units which is 4.1% increase when compared to January 2017 sales. Though the overall sales grew by around 4% , segment wise sales tell a different story. Maruti categorized its cars into six categories, namely Mini, Compact, Super Compact, Mid-Size, Utility Vehicles, & Vans. The segments that were hit the most are Mid-Size, Vans, & Mini respectively.

Mid-Size segment comprising Ciaz declined by 22.5% and this can be due to competition from the newly released Hyundai Verna. Vans segment comprises of Omni, and Eeco , their combined sales declined by 13.6% from 14,179 units in 2017 January to 12,250 units in this January.  The other segment which moved southwards is Mini segment which comprises of Alto and WagonR, combined sales of both the models declined by 12.2% from 37,928 units to 33,316 units. UV segment which comprises of Gypsy, S-Cross, Ertiga, & Vitara Brezza grew by 26.8% from 16,313 units to 20,693 units. The segment is bound to grow further and the major growth driver for Maruti in this segment is Vitara Brezza. With introduction of petrol variant of Vitara Brezza on cards, its sales will grow further. Looks like facelift didn’t help Maruti boost S-Cross sales as expected.

The compact segment which comprises of Ignis, Swift, Celerio, Dzire, Tour S, & Baleno is the major contributor to Maruti’s sales. The segment grew by 21.6% from 55,817 units from 67,868 units. Sales figures of individual models are not out yet for further analysis.

Hyundai Motor India Limited

Hyundai Motor India limited (HMIL) is India’s second largest passenger vehicle maker behind MSIL, its sales this January stood at 45,508 units which is 8.3% increase over January 2017. The major contributors to its sales were Elite i20, Grand i10, & Creta. And other  model recently adding to the sales is Verna, though it is not known if it will continue to sell well or decline after the initial hype.

Commenting on the sales performance, Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, Director – Sales & Marketing, HMIL, said “ 2018 has started on a positive and promises progressive growth for the industry, with Hyundai volume growth of 8.3% on strong performance of Grand i10, Elite i20, Creta & Next Gen Verna meeting customer aspirations on improved buying potential, led by stable micro economic factors.”

Mahindra & Mahindra Limited

Though at times third place in sales is occupied by either Honda or Tata most of the times it is Mahindra which stands at third place. This January its sales of passenger vehicles stood at 23,686 units which is 17% increase over January 2017 sales of 20,169 units.

Commenting on the monthly performance, Rajan Wadhera, President, Automotive Sector, M&M Ltd. said, “We are happy to have begun the calendar year with an overall healthy growth of 32%(including passenger & commercial vehicles, and domestic & export). We have seen a good growth across our portfolio of products both Personal & Commercial. The growth in the MHCV segment lends credence to the positive momentum in the economy, which can be seen even in the growth numbers of our SCV portfolio. We believe this momentum will continue in our Q4FY2018 numbers. The upcoming Auto Expo will allow Mahindra to display a slew of exciting products and mobility solutions in keeping with automotive trends such as Shared Mobility and Last Mile Connectivity”.

Tata Motors Limited

Tata Motors clocked domestic PV sales of 20,055 units (January 2017: 12,907), surging ahead at a significant 55% growth rate. What boosted the company’s sales is the good demand for the recently introduced Nexon compact crossover, launched in September 2017, which has emerged in the voluminous sub-10 lakh rupee UV price segment. Driven primarily by the Nexon, Tata’s UV sales grew by a tremendous 188% , and the sales of its passenger cars, driven by the Tiago hatchback, registered a 27% growth in the month.

With an aim to become a permanent placeholder in the Top 3 players in the country, the homegrown manufacturer is all set to showcase its new range of products – one in the premium hatchback category, codenamed the X451, a new sedan, and a new full-size SUV based on the Land Rover Discovery, as well. The new products target to broaden Tata’s footprint across various vehicle segments in the market in the near future.

According to Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors, “We are happy to report that our strong sales performance continues in January 2018 and we have started 2018 with determination. This month, we have grown by 55% over last January, on the back of good demand for our new generation products – Tiago, Tigor, Nexon and Hexa.  While Tiago continues to lead the growth in cars at 27%, the Nexon and HEXA have attracted new set of SUV buyers, resulting in 188% growth in UVs. We continue to be optimistic and hope this growth momentum continues.”

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd

Toyota Kirloskar Motor recorded robust sales growth in January 2018, selling 12,351 units which marks 19% year-on-year growth (January 2016: 10,336). The company also exported 888 units of the Etios series last month, thus clocking a total of 13,239 units.

Commenting on the sales performance, N Raja, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said, “It is a delight to usher in the new year with double-digit growth. We are happy to have sustained the positive growth momentum post GST.  The customer demand has consistently been strong and we have catered to the growing customer demand.”

The success story of Innova Crysta and Fortuner sales growth continues to the new year. Customers continue to highly appreciate both the products and we are pushing our production capacity to fulfill the strong demand in the market. The Corolla retains its position as the segment leader with overwhelming performance in the month of January.”

“We are looking forward to the upcoming Auto Expo 2018 to showcase our premium new launch, facelifts and concepts with a show-stopping reveal and many more distinctive displays under the thematic banner of ‘Driven by a Better Future’,” he added.

“We hope the Union Budget 2018 brings in more growth-oriented measures to promote growth of the auto industry. The government should aim at a more long-term policy so as to lower the effect of Budget tinkering and bring long-term stability.  Considering the critical issue of environment pollution, we hope the government relaxes the tax rate in favour of clean and green technologies such as strong hybrids similar to the pre-GST era”.

With the Auto Expo getting started next week, the entire industry and the customers are excited and anxious about the slew of new products and technologies, which would be unveiled at the extravaganza. The product showcase and some new launches planned at the expo can certainly be expected to make some noise and drive people decisions in the months to follow. Stay tuned for more action in this space.

Honda Cars India Limited

Honda Cars India has sold 14,838 units in January 2018, down 5% (January 2017: 15,592). Between April 2017 to January 2018, the company has sold 144,802 units, up 17% against 124,114 units in the corresponding period last year.

In January 2018, the WR-V led the charge with 4,273, followed by the City (3,968), Amaze (2,836), Jazz (2,257), BR-V (1,071), Brio (422) and CR-V (11).

Yoichiro Ueno, president and CEO, Honda Cars India, said, “HCIL has witnessed strong growth of 17% in the ongoing fiscal year and we expect the market to further pick up after the anticipations regarding Union Budget are stabilized. HCIL will showcase our strong line-up for the next fiscal at the upcoming Auto Expo which will further strengthen our position in the Indian market.”

“With a major push given to the rural economy and significant investment in the infrastructure development under the Union Budget 2018, the outlook for automotive sector looks optimistic. This should further boost the sales volume marking a fruitful year for the manufacturers.”

Source: Autocar Professional