Car sales plunge 42pc in August

Sales of Honda, Toyota and Suzuki fall 67pc, 57pc and 24pc respectively

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Pakistan’s auto industry sold 10,222 units in the second month of the fiscal year 2019-20 (FY20), down 42pc on a yearly basis, as the demand continued to suffer following the exorbitant increase in car prices (inclusive of the revised FED) announced in July.

According to details, August was the slowest month for auto sales since Dec 2012. However, August had lower working days due to Eid holidays, which may have further contributed to this decline.

Reminiscent to the previous month, the sales of Honda Atlas Cars (HCAR) suffered the most, declining by 67pc in Aug 2019, as compared to the same month last year. HCAR is more vulnerable to interest rates owing to its higher mix of auto-financing sales.

On the other hand, Pak Suzuki (PSMC) fared better than its peers. The sales were down by 24pc in Aug 2019 as compared to Aug 2018 mainly due to the presence of its latest model, Alto. Other than Alto, sales were down by 63pc.

The unit sales of Indus Motors (INDU) contracted by 57pc in Aug 2019 with major drag coming from the sales of Corolla. As per media reports, INDU would likely replace Corolla Gli/Xli with its Yaris sedans.

Meanwhile, tractor sales dipped by 37pc on a yearly basis owing to poor farmer- related policies and higher prices.

According to Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association (PAMA), the sale of 2-3 wheelers dropped 10pc on a yearly basis but recovered 13pc on a monthly basis.

Experts believe that the sharp volumetric decline in sales may continue until the end of this year.

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