However, Mahindra & Mahindra as well as Honda Cars India saw sequential growth in passenger vehicle sales last month.

Major automakers Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai Motor, Tata Motors and Kia on Saturday announced lower passenger vehicle sales in April compared to March this year as the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit shipments.

However, Mahindra & Mahindra as well as Honda Cars India saw sequential growth in passenger vehicle sales last month.

Sales for April this year are not comparable to the corresponding month a year ago, with companies reporting no sales due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The country’s largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), reported a 4% drop in total sales to 1,59,691 units in April, from 1,67,014 units in March this year.

Likewise, Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) recorded total sales of 59,203 units in April 2021, down 8% from the 64,621 units sold in March of this year.

HMIL Director (Sales, Marketing and Service) Tarun Garg said, “In these difficult times we stand in solidarity with the nation and continue all our efforts to support those affected … people, we have also achieved positive sales results in April 2021 ”.

Likewise, major automaker Tata Motors said its domestic passenger vehicle sales stood at 25,095 units in April, down 15% from 29,654 units in March this year.

However, compatriot Mahindra & Mahindra said its domestic passenger vehicle sales stood at 18,285 units last month, up 9% from 16,700 units in March 2021.

“With foreclosure restrictions increasing in many parts of the country, we anticipate continued production challenges related to the supply chain. While demand remains good, there would be some impact in the first quarter due to low customer movement and dealer activity due to foreclosure restrictions, ”said Veejay Nakra, general manager of the automotive division of M&M.

At times like these, the company is focused on the welfare and safety of all of its associates and dealers, he added.

Honda Cars India also reported a 28% increase in domestic sales to 9,072 units last month, up from 7,103 units in March this year.

“The current health disaster has hit the whole nation and right now nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our compatriots. Of course, this had an impact on the activities and deliveries in the market, ”said Rajesh Goel, Senior Vice President and Director (Marketing and Sales) of Honda Cars India.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) said its shipments to dealers last month amounted to 9,622 units.

“Despite the challenges, we continue to see good demand due to personal mobility needs and this has helped us register 9,622 wholesale units as of April 2021,” said senior vice president of TKM, Naveen Soni.

Kia India reported a 16% drop in dealer shipments to 16,111 units in April from 19,100 units in March this year, while MG Motor India said its retail sales last month stood at 2,565 units.

MG Motor said its production and vehicle shipments to dealers last month were significantly higher than retail sales, although it currently has a backlog of more than three months for its product lines.

With the second wave of COVID-19 leading to an increase in infections, the company has teamed up with Vadodara-based Devnandan Gases to help it increase the production of oxygen for medical use.

“In these times, our efforts are aimed at ensuring the safety of people and maximizing service to communities,” said Rajeev Chaba, President and CEO of MG Motor India.