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Car segment to gain speed from Jan 2013

Last updated on: November 13, 2012 16:16 IST

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Virendra Singh Rawat in New Delhi/ Lucknow

The domestic car segment is expected to gain momentum from January 2013, when market sentiments improve further.

"This year, the car segment has been rather sluggish due to high fuel and input costs coupled with high interest rates and negative market sentiments. However, we are confident that the market will pick up soon," said General Motors India Vice-President (corporate affairs) P Balendran.

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Image: Lowell Paddock, President and Managing Director, General Motors India, with Chevrolet Sail U-VA car in New Delhi.
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To a Business Standard query, he said the interest rates had peaked out and were likely to fall further in January 2013, which would further improve market sentiments.

"Almost 85 per cent of the automobiles are financed and low interest rates have considerable bearing on the market," he underlined.

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He was in Lucknow to launch the new Chevrolet Sail U-VA in Uttar Pradesh. It is the premium hatchback from the General Motors stable. Launched in both petrol and diesel versions, the base price of the car is about Rs 4.51 lakh, which goes up to Rs 6.70 lakh.

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Image: Traffic moves along as it rains in Gurgaon.
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"During 2011 calendar, we had sold 5,700 cars in the state and this year we have already clocked sales of 4,000 units, which has to be seen in the backdrop of the sluggish growth in industry this year," Balendran added.

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Image: Traffic moves under a flyover along a busy road in New Delhi.
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Sail U-VA has been categorised in the Mini B2 segment, which clocks nearly 50,000 units per month in India. This segment accounts for 38 per cent of the cumulative car market and has grown by 48 per cent during the last three years.


Image: A view of Hyderabad traffic.
Photographs: Krishnendu Halder/Reuters
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