Tata Motors has overtaken Hyundai Motor India to become the second largest-selling carmaker in India in December 2021. The Indian auto giant’s domestic car sales stood at 35,300 units last month, while Hyundai sold 32,312 units during the same period. The strong volumes are backed by a slew of popular-selling products for Tata Motors, which also helped the carmaker record its highest-ever monthly sales in December. In fact, the company sold 99,002 units during Q3 FY2022, the highest-ever quarterly sales numbers in a decade. Lastly, Tata sold 3.31 lakh units in the 2021 calendar year, the highest-ever annual sales for the automaker.
The spike in sales comes despite production constraints and challenges amidst the semiconductor chip shortage. With respect to year-on-year growth, Tata’s sales grew by 50 per cent in December 2021 when compared to 23,545 units sold in December 2020. Sales in Q3 FY2022 also increased by 44 per cent with respect to a year-on-year comparison.
Speaking about the strong sales figures, Shailesh Chandra, President, PVBU, Tata Motors said, “Tata Motors PV business growth journey continued and set several new milestones during the quarter despite witnessing a shortfall in production due to the ongoing semiconductor crisis. The overwhelming market response to Tata Punch launched in October 2021 is further boosting demand for the company’s “New Forever” range of cars and SUVs.”
Tata’s electric vehicles also garnered a strong response as sales picked up for the Nexon while the company also introduce the Tigor EV last year. The company sold 2,215 units in December 2021 and registered a whopping 439 per cent growth against 418 units sold in December 2020. The company sold a total of 5,592 EVs in Q3 FY22, as against 1,256 units in Q3 FY21, a hike of 345 per cent.
Speaking on the EV sales, Chandra said, “EV penetration touched 5.6 per cent of PV Sales during the quarter versus 1.8 per cent in the same period last financial year. EV sales also touched 10,000 units in 9MFY22 and crossed the 2,000 monthly sales landmark for the first time in December 2021. The ever-increasing demand for Nexon EV and Tigor EV, as well as the progressive revival of the EV fleet segment, were instrumental in driving this steep growth.”
In the commercial vehicle segment, Tata Motors show signs of recovery as nearly all segments posted positive numbers. Domestic CV sales stood at 31,008 units in December 2021 witnessing a growth of 4 per cent while exports during the same period stood at 3,143, growth by 5 per cent. Domestic sales in Q3 FY22 stood at 90,529 units growing by 10 per cent, while exports during the quarter registered better numbers at 9,541 units witnessing a 33 per cent growth.
Girish Wagh, Executive Director, Tata Motors said, “The retail was ahead of wholesale by 15 per cent in December’21, enabling inventory alignment. The SCV and ILCV segments continued to benefit from the growth in e-commerce and the increasing need for last-mile delivery. Construction and infrastructure spending by central and state governments plus rising activity in sectors such as mining, petroleum-oil-lubricants and allied industries facilitated the demand for M&HCVs. Going forward, we expect the situation to remain fluid as the semiconductor shortage continues, instances of Covid begin to rise and underlying demand continues to remain under pressure. We are keeping a close watch on the evolving situation and sharpening our agile, multi-pronged approach to fulfil customer orders.”
However, the semiconductor shortage continues to be challenging for the auto industry at large. Speaking about the challenges ahead, Chandra cautioned, “Going forward, semi-conductor supplies will remain the key source of uncertainty. Additionally, the impact of the new strain of Covid needs to be closely tracked. We will continue to work on a business agility plan and take proactive actions to mitigate these risks.”