“Many people in the (auto) industry have used this term of ‘cautious optimism’ multiple times, which I would tend to agree with. If you were to look at the curve, then the Indian auto industry has seen a V-shaped kind of recovery,” Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) Senior Vice President & Director, Marketing & Sales Rajesh Goel instructed .
Whether that is going to maintain or not, he stated,”I think the key is going to be October and November numbers.”
Stating that the trade is betting a big quantity of the 12 months coming from the festive interval, he stated,”By October-end or November it should be clear whether the demand will sustain or not. In these kinds of situations, demand has gone away. To build demand is a very slow and laborious process…it is to be built up till the momentum picks up.”
Goel stated in September whereas wholesale grew considerably, retail didn’t rise that a lot because the auto trade constructed up stock to satisfy festive season demand.
“Festive sales are so critical for the year’s number that every vehicle maker would need to have stocks of vehicles at the dealerships so that even one car sale is not lost. That build-up has happened in September in my opinion,” he added.
Explaining causes for the present progress in auto gross sales, he stated,”No matter how bad things are, how bad the economy is or whether the lockdown is (still) there or not, for every item there is some intrinsic pent-up demand, which would have been there because of the lockdown. That would come back. How much of the number is that, one doesn’t know.”
Goel additional stated the agricultural sector appears to be doing properly on the again of excellent Rabi crop, higher Kharif sowing and good monsoon, apart from the federal government help packages.
At the identical time, he stated,”COVID-19 has also created some kind of renewed wish or demand for personal mobility rather than shared mobility.”
While it’s too early to say this development is everlasting or not as individuals would possibly transfer again to shared mobility finally, Goel stated,”Whether that eventually is one year or whatever, as of now because of the scare and social distancing I believe there is a segment of people who are preferring personal mobility.”
On the provision aspect, he stated the trade has performed its function by provides and new mannequin launches to create pleasure. Interest charges have come down so finance schemes have turn out to be enticing in comparison with one 12 months earlier.
“In terms of offers, from October onwards we (Honda) have significantly increased promotions and offers in the market,” he added.
On the trade outlook, Goel stated,”Although we have seen a V-shaped recovery, irrespective of what the percentage is there would be a degrowth in this fiscal. Whether that degrowth is 10 per cent or 5 per cent it remains to be seen. The original prediction was almost 25-30 per cent (degrowth). Now the number may be closer to 12-15 per cent for the industry.”