Car sales up 11.6 pc in September, bike sales dip 18 pc

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New Delhi, Oct 10 (UNI) High interest rates continue to hit the country's passenger vehicles sales as it rose by 11.6 per cent during September from a year earlier, while motorcycle sales fell 18.4 per cent in the same period.

Car sales rose to 1,05,822 units in September from 94,757 in the same month a year ago, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said in a statement.

But motorcycles sales fell 18.4 per cent at 5,48,816 units in comparison to 6,72,570 units a year earlier. Between April and September, they fell 15.2 per cent to 2.7 million units. Scooter sales went up by 26.17 per cent at 95,266 units as against 75,506 units a year earlier, SIAM said.

The sales of commercial vehicles went marginally up at 42,770 units, as against 42,364 units during the same period last year.

Its cumulative sales rose 2.92 per cent to 2,12,181 units in April-September from 2,06,163 a year ago.

The sales of medium and heavy commercial vehicles went down by 5.26 per cent to 23,608 units as against 24,920 last year.

Three-wheeler sales plunged by 8.8 per cent at 33,837 units, as against 37,121 units during September last year.

The cumulative car sales grew by 13.1 per cent to 5,69,621 units during April-September, SIAM added.

However, single digit growth was registered in the total passenger vehicle sales at 9.6 per cent to 1,33,320 units, against 1,21,568 units during the same month last year.

Exports of passenger vehicles during the period was down 6.5 per cent at 15,832 units as agianst 16,941 units a year ago, while that of motorcycles was up by 23.6 per cent at 61,378 units.

Scooter exports was down 15 per cent at 1,985 units, as against 2,336 units a year ago.

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