“The indication from the world, the countries which have gone through the flattening of the curve, is a stronger return of the auto sector, specially of the luxury sector because one of the important things to note is that when we are not travelling so much through international holidays or to exotic locations, we still want to be able to enjoy our freedom,” BMW Group India, Australia and New Zealand, President Vikram Pawah mentioned.
Cars, particularly luxurious vehicles, are a type of gadgets which individuals would like to reward themselves with after the disaster is over, he added.
Stating that India is simply reaching the stage of flattening the curve however has not flattened as but, Pawah mentioned,”I do expect that (pick up in car demand) to happen a little bit stronger once we flattened the curve. Every country would have that.”
He additional mentioned,”Human behaviour is pretty similar. One is personal mobility and also what happens is that once you are buying now, you are really thinking that I want to have the latest technology, latest safety, latest emission technology that are available in the world. I think the luxury segment, specially BMW, has been providing world cars to India from day one.”
When requested in regards to the sustainability of the present automobile demand, Pawah mentioned, one factor clearly shaping up the world over is that individuals are coming again to particular person mobility or private mobility and avoiding shared mobility and that creates a pent-up demand.
“That has happened across the world. In India also we have seen that pent-up demand now showing up.”
Slowly with the festive interval, he mentioned,”We are seeing that people are coming back to some level of engagement there. So we see improvements month-on-month, week-on-week. We expect that to continue.”
On the outlook for 2020, Pawah mentioned there isn’t a doubt that 2020 can be subdued than 2019. “We have to look at it from that perspective that recovering a quarter’s sales loss from the balance six months is not possible.”
While gross sales have improved quarter-on-quarter, he mentioned,”At the moment we are sitting at 41.2 per cent decline for the year…”
In 2019, BMW India bought 9,641 items, down 13.eight per cent as in comparison with 11,105 items within the earlier yr.
Commenting on the impression of COVID-19 on the corporate’s new launch programme, Pawah mentioned,”When such decline in sales happens it does impact the supply chain a little bit, in terms of introduction of some of the models. Yes, some of our model launches have been delayed to next year like the new 5 Series and the new 6 Series Gran Turismo, these two have been delayed to next year for the time being.”
He, nevertheless, added,”We will come back strong, it is only a matter of timing. It is not something that has gone away. It has not changed our strategy or our plan. It is just that we have to adjust the time depending on the supply chain situation that existed in the timeframe.”
Last week, the corporate had launched its BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe mannequin in India at introductory costs of Rs 39.three lakh and Rs 41.four lakh in diesel engine variant, seeking to enter new segments of the posh automobile market within the nation because it prepares to spur demand.