July witnessed steady growth in two-wheeler sales

    Published On Aug 06, 2021 07:00:00 AM

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    Suzuki motorcycles India witnessed a 93 percent jump in sales.

    The month of July has turned out to be a mixed bag for two-wheeler manufacturers in India.


    While cumulative sales numbers from six leading OEMs – 12,00,621 units – indicate a 3 percent year-on-year decline, a good and positive marker of growth is the rising month- on-month sales: 18 percent (June 2021: 10,19,227 units).

    Here's looking at how some key players fared in July 2021.

    Hero MotoCorp: 4,29,208 units

    Market leader Hero MotoCorp, with sales of 4,29,208 in July 2021, saw numbers decline by 17percent (July 2020: 5,20,104 units).. Considering month on month figures, the company saw a decline of 2 percent (June 2020: 4,38,514), which indicates the upward movement has begun.

    Last month, Hero launched two key products – the new Glamour Xtech commuter motorcycle and the 2021 Maestro Edge scooter – both designed to rev up the numbers in their segments.

    The Glamour Xtec is priced at Rs 78,900 for the drum variant and Rs 83,500 for the disc variant. With demand from rural India, which is the mainstay for frugal commuter motorcycles, the company is keen to promote the Glamour. The 125cc gearless Maestro Edge has been launched in three variants with prices ranging between Rs 72,250 for the drum-brake version and Rs 79,750, ex-showroom, Delhi, for the new variant with connected technology.

    Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India: 3,40,133 units

    Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India witnessed growth in July 2021, both year on year and month on month. At 3,40,133 units, it marked 10 percent year on year growth and 60 percent month on month growth (June 2021: 2,12,446).

    Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, said, “Gradually ramping up production while monitoring the market situation, Honda’s sales momentum continues to accelerate with July month reaching closer to the 4,00,000-units mark. With the majority of our dealer network resuming operations across the country, a sharp surge in enquiries for scooters followed by motorcycles is being witnessed. Backed by a good monsoon, increasing preference for personal mobility and upcoming festival season, we expect faster recovery for the market.”

    The company also expanded its premium BigWing network, opening BigWing Topline in Chennai and a BigWing outlet in Chandigarh.

    TVS Motor Company: 1,75,169 units

    TVS Motor Company registered sales of 1,75,169 units in July 2021 compared to 1,89,647 units a year ago, down 8 percent. However, month-on-month, demand for TVS products is up with the company registering a strong 20 percent growth.

    Bajaj Auto: 1,56,232 units

    Bajaj Auto, with deliveries of 1,56,232 units in July 2021, posted a marginal 2 percent growth, which reflects that demand is yet to pick up in the entry level bikes. This is the affordable commuter bike segment, which has been affected the most by the massive job losses across the country and also impacted sales of other OEMs and overall industry.

    Royal Enfield: 39,290 units

    The Chennai-based OEM sold 39,290 motorcycles last month, compared to 37,925 units in July 2020, registering a growth of 4 percent. Month on month, this is a 10 percent increase (June 2021: 35,815).

    Suzuki Motorcycle India: 60,589 units

    The Japanese automaker clocked a whopping 93 percent growth with 60,589 units in July 2021, albeit on a low year-ago base (July 2020: 31,421). The company has ramped up production as demand gradually increases for some of its products.

    Will the momentum sustain?

    With most of the pent-up demand dissipated in July 2021, the coming months will be the real indicators of growth in the two-wheeler sector. Most of India has opened up but given the fears of a third wave of Covid-19, the industry is cautiously optimistic about sustained demand.

    Other challenges include the wallet-busting petrol price across the country, shortage of semiconductors and the unabated rise in commodity prices resulting in higher input costs. There is also a worrying lack of demand for scooters in urban India, which is still seeing a large working population working from home. Furthermore, schools and colleges across most parts of the country continue to be shut, which means growth in the scooter market will continue to be subdued at least in the near future.

    The big positive though is rural India, which seems to be getting back on the track, with a bountiful monsoon enabling better produce. Two-wheeler industry stakeholders are keeping their fingers firmly crossed that August turns into an august month, with the festive season just beyond it.

    Sricharan R
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