Utility vehicle April sales rise 15%


While the medium and heavy vehicles may have seen lacklustre response in the month of April, the utility vehicles (UVs) market in Gujarat saw a growth of 10-15 per cent. Factors like diesel variants' availability and growing number of affluent buyers in Gujarat has led to the growth in UVs, say industry sources.

"These days people are going for mostly diesel variants. Also, April is the month when our potential buyers going for a vacation. As they are now looking more towards domestic tourist destinations, these buyers look to drive down on their own. In fact, we have our highest Innova and Fortuner sales in April," said Ajit Mehta, chairman, Infinium Toyota.



At 200 and 50 units of Innova and Fortuner in April, Infinium Toyota saw a rise in sales by about 35 per cent. "Normally we sell only 150-160 Innova each month," Mehta added.

On the other hand, the launch of Maruti's Ertiga has filled up a luxurious seven seater UV segment that was lying vacant since long.

"There has been a rise in number of affluent families in the state. Moreover, they are now looking to grow into a seven seater luxury car, a segment that was vacant for long till the likes of Ertiga and XUV 500 came in," says Sandeep Kumar, chief executive officer, Manan Autolink - Maruti Division, a major dealer for Maruti Suzuki in Gujarat.

Needless to say, in the month of April itself Manan Autolink has seen over 600 enquiries.

"While enquiries and bookings have been rising by 10-15 per cent in April, there is a supply constraint and that's why there have been only 30-40 deliveries so far," Kumar added.