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Two-wheeler exports fell by 20% to 1.69 mn units in H1

By Deepak Patel
October 17, 2023 20:52 IST
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Two-wheeler exports from India have decreased by 20 per cent year-on-year (Y-o-Y) to 1.69 million units in the first half (H1) of 2023-24 (FY24) due to a challenging geopolitical situation and foreign exchange (forex) crises in key markets such as South Asia, industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam) said on Monday.


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On the other hand, passenger vehicle (PV) exports in H1FY24 increased by 5 per cent to 336,754 units because the key markets are much more diversified worldwide, Vinod Aggarwal, president, Siam, told reporters during a press conference.

The Russia-Ukraine war, which started in February 2022, has brought significant instability to global fuel prices.


As a result, developing economies, already struggling due to the pandemic-induced slowdown, have been severely affected.

Domestic sales of PVs in H1FY24 grew by 6.9 per cent Y-o-Y to 2.07 million units, driven by high demand for utility vehicles.

PV wholesales in India, too, rose to their highest level in any quarter so far in the July-September period.

Two-wheeler domestic sales in H1FY24 rose by 4.1 per cent Y-o-Y to 8.7 million units, according to Siam data.

If you look at two-wheeler exports, the fundamental factors are the geopolitical situation and the forex-related issues in some of the countries.

So that is leading to sluggish demand in some of these markets,  Aggarwal mentioned.

Bajaj Auto witnessed a significant 22.3 per cent Y-o-Y decline in its two-wheeler exports, with the total reaching 722,662 units during H1FY24.

Approximately 90 per cent of Bajaj Auto s exports are directed to nations in Africa, Latin America, and South Asia, many of which are grappling with economic challenges and forex crises.

TVS Motor Company s two-wheeler exports decreased by 20.4 per cent Y-o-Y to 436,033 units in H1FY24.

"We are very hopeful that things will improve because a lot of work is going on in this area such as (the push for) rupee trade (by the government).

"Let's hope we will see some more concrete action on that," Aggarwal noted.

He added that the issue of shipment delays is  mostly resolved  now.

Maruti Suzuki India s PV exports remained steady during H1FY24, with no significant growth or decline.

In contrast, Hyundai Motor Company, India s second-largest car manufacturer, experienced a 16.2 per cent Y-o-Y increase in its exports during the same period, reaching 86,105 units.

Agarwal noted, PV exports are somewhat widespread, so the impact on its exports is not as substantial.

The entry-level PVs and two-wheelers did not grow in H1FY24.

This could be due to the migration of passengers to higher-level vehicles and low incomes in rural areas, he added.

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