Auto Sales In May 2023: Hero MotoCorp's Dispatches Rise, Beat Estimates

Here's a look at how India's automakers' sales fared in the month gone by.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Hero MotoCorp bikes. (Source: Company website)</p></div>
Hero MotoCorp bikes. (Source: Company website)

Hero MotoCorp's Dispatches Rise 7% 

Hero MotoCorp Ltd.'s dispatches to dealerships rose 7% to 5.19 lakh units in May, beating analysts' consensus estimates, which forecasted a decline of over 6% during the month.

Sales Highlights (YoY):

  • Motorcycle sales grew 8% to 4.89 lakh units.

  • Scooter sales fell 12.5% to 30,138 units.

  • Domestic sales rose 9% to 5.08 lakh units.

  • Exports declined 45% to 11,165 units.

Eicher Motors' Royal Enfield Sales Rise 22%

Eicher Motors Ltd.'s total motorcycle sales rose 22% to 77,461 units in May.

Sales Highlights (YoY):

  • Sales of models with engine capacity up to 350cc grew 28% to 69,038 units.

  • Sales of models with engine capacity beyond 350cc fell 14% to 8,423 units.

  • Exports fell 34% to 6,666 units.

TVS Motor's Two-Wheeler Dispatches Grow 11% 

TVS Motor Company Ltd.'s total two-wheeler sales rose 11% to 3.19 lakh units in May even as the weakness in the overseas markets continued.

The company sold nearly 18,000 units of its electric scooter iQube in the month, compared with 2,637 units sold last year. It has 30,000 pending orders for the model.

Sales Snapshots (YoY):

  • Total sales rose 9% to 3.31 lakh units.

  • Domestic two-wheeler sales rose 32% to 2.53 lakh units.

  • Two-wheeler exports fell 30% to 66,605 units.

  • Three-wheeler sales 29% to 11,314 units.

Tata Motors' CV Sales Fall 12%, PV Dispatches Up 6%

Tata Motors Ltd.'s total wholesale sales fell 2% year-on-year to 73,448 units in May as the sales of commercial vehicles that carry smaller loads fell steeply.

The sales of intermediate, light and medium commercial vehicles slid 38%, while the cargo and pick-up vehicles' dispatches fell 19%.

Sales Highlights (YoY):

  • Passenger vehicle sales rose 6% to 45,894 units.

  • Sales of commercial vehicles fell 12% to 28,989 units.

  • Heavy commercial vehicle sales grew 11% to 8,160 units.

Ashok Leyland's Dispatches Fall On Lower LCV Sales

Ashok Leyland Ltd.'s dispatches to dealerships fell 1% to 13,134 units in May due to lower sales in the light commercial vehicle segment.

Some analysts flagged signs of weakness in the light commercial vehicle segment due to inflation.

Sales Snapshots (YoY):

  • Sales of medium and heavy-duty vehicles rose 4% to 8,270 units.

  • Light commercial vehicle sales fell 9% to 4,864 units.

Hyundai Motor's Dispatches Rise Driven By Flagship SUVs

Hyundai Motor India Ltd.'s dispatches to dealerships rose 16% year-on-year to 59,601 units driven by the company's flagship SUVs Creta and Venue.

Sales Highlights (YoY):

  • Domestic sales rose 15% to 48,601 units.

  • Exports jumped 22.6% to 11,000 units.

Eicher Motors' Commercial Vehicle Arm Sales Up 11.6%

Eicher Motors Ltd.'s arm VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd.'s dispatches to dealerships rose 11.6% year-on-year to 6,289 units in May.

Sales Highlights (YoY):

  • Domestic sales rose 16% to 5,826 units.

  • Exports fell 47% to 250 units.

M&M's Passenger Vehicle Sales Grow, Tractor Sales Fall

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.'s passenger vehicle sales rose 22% to 32,886 units in May.

"The sales volume for both SUVs and Pik-Ups were restricted by a short-term disruption in engine-related parts at the supplier end. The semiconductor supply constraints on specific parts like Air Bag ECU, continued during the month too,” Veejay Nakra, president of automotive division at the company, said in a statement.

Sales Snapshots (YoY):

  • Three-wheeler sales jumped 61% to 5,851 units.

  • Sales of medium duty light commercial vehicles declined 7% to 16,140 units.

  • Tractor dispatches fell 4% to 34,126 units.

The fall in tractor sales was in-line with analysts' consensus estimates, as high-base of last year and unseasonal rains dragged the number down.

Maruti Suzuki's Dispatches Rise 10% On SUV Sales Boost

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.'s dispatches to dealerships rose 10% year-on-year to 1.78 lakh units, as higher sales of SUVs offset the weakness in the hatchback segment.

Sales Highlights (YoY):

  • Domestic sales rose 13% to 1.52 lakh units.

  • Exports fell 2.6% to 26,477 units.

  • Sales in mini and compact segment fell 2% to 83,655 units.

  • Utility vehicle dispatches surge 65% to 46,243 units.

Bajaj Auto's Domestic Two-Wheeler Dispatches Double

Bajaj Auto Ltd.'s two-wheeler dispatches doubled year-on-year to 1.95 lakh units in May, aided by a low base from last year when chip shortages hit production and sales.

Overall sales, including commercial vehicles, rose 17% to 3.55 lakh units.

Sales Snapshots (YoY):

  • Total two-wheeler sales rose 23% to 3.08 lakh units.

  • Two-wheeler exports declined 26% to 1.13 lakh units.

  • Commercial vehicle sales grew 80% to 47,452 units.

  • Total exports fell 23% to 1.27 lakh units.

Escorts Kubota's Dispatches Rise 9%, Beat Estimates

Escorts Kubota Ltd.'s dispatches to dealerships rose 9% year-on-year to 9,167 units in May, beating consensus estimates that predicted a 4.4% fall in sales.

The macroeconomic factors and farmer sentiments remain positive, resulting in a positive sales trend across most geographies, the company said in a filing.

Escorts Kubota May Sales Highlights (YoY):

  • Domestic sales rose 13.5% to 8,704 units.

  • Exports fell 38.6% to 463 units.

"Going forward, we expect the current momentum to continue in the near term, led by normal rainfall forecasts, adequate reservoir levels, better liquidity, and consumer credit availability," Escorts Kubota said.

Auto Sales Preview

Indian automakers are announcing the May sales figures today.

Sales of passenger vehicles and two-wheelers are expected to outshine other categories due to large pendup orders and continued recovery in rural markets.

Commercial vehicle dispatches are expected to be subdued as consumers advance their purchases in anticipation of a price hike. Tractor sales may also be subdued in line with the low single-digit growth forecast for FY23 by the industry majors.

Auto Sales Preview: Passenger Vehicles Outshine, Uptick In Two-Wheeler Demand In May, Say Analysts