The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Sunday reported a 1.1 per cent decline in sales at 1,47,110 units in February.Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) also reported a 10.3 per cent decline in total sales at 48,910 units while Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) recorded a 42 per cent decline in total sales at 32,476 units in the same month.
The Maruti Suzuki India had sold 1,48,682 units in February last year while the Hyundai Motor India sold 54,518 units in the same month last year, HMIL said in a statement.
Domestic sales dropped 1.6 per cent to 1,36,849 units last month as against 1,39,100 units in February 2019, it added.
Sales of mini cars, comprising Alto and WagonR, stood at 27,499 units as compared with 24,751 units in the same month last year, up 11.1 per cent.
Sales of compact segment, including models such as Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire, declined 3.9 per cent to 69,828 units as against 72,678 cars in February last year.
Hyundai Motor India's domestic sales were down 7.2 per cent to 40,010 units as against 43,110 units in February 2019.
The company's exports declined 22 per cent to 8,900 units as compared with 11,408 units a year ago.
M&M had sold 56,005 units in the same month last year, M&M said in a statement.
In the domestic market, sales were down 42 per cent to 30,637 units last month as compared with 52,915 units in February 2019.
Exports dropped 40 per cent to 1,839 units as compared with 3,090 units in the year-ago month.
In the passenger vehicles segment, which includes utility vehicles,cars and vans, M&M sold 10,938 vehicles in February this year as against 26,109 vehicles in the same month last year, a decline of 58 per cent.
Commercial vehicles sales fell 25 per cent to 15,856 units as against 21,154 units a year ago.
MG Motor India too reported lower retail sales of 1,376 units in February, hit by component supply constraints from China and other locations.
Moreover,Tata Motors, Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) and MG Motor India on Sunday said they are facing challenges in terms of component supply from coronavirus hit-China.
M&M has reported a 42 per cent decline in total sales at 32,476 units in February.
"…because of the unforeseeable challenges on the parts-supply from China, our BS VI ramp-up has been affected," Veejay Ram Nakra, Chief of Sales and Marketing, Automotive Division, M&M Ltd said in a statement.
This has resulted in high de-growth in billing volume for February and dealer inventory is now under 10 days, he said.
"Going into March, we anticipate the challenge on parts-supply to continue for another few weeks, before we get back to normalcy," he added.
Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors Ltd said the outbreak of Covid-19 in China and a recent fire incident at one of its strategic vendors affected the vehicle production and wholesale volumes.
"The MG ZS EV has received a stupendous response in its debut month, with over 150 units delivered to our customers already," MG Motor India Director – Sales Rakesh Sidana said in a statement.
The unforeseen coronavirus outbreak has severely affected the company's European and Chinese supply chains, disrupting its production and impacting sales in February, he added.
The disruption in sales will continue through March, Sidana said.
"We are working towards stabilising the situation and are hopeful that reasonable normalcy will be restored by the end of March," he added.
However, major automobile manufacturers Maruti Suzuk, Hyundai and Toyota Kirloskar Motor do not see any immediate impact on their production schedules due to disruption in supply of components from plants located in China.
The companies, however, said they continue to monitor the situation closely, especially the operations of their major suppliers, in order to face any adverse situation that may crop up in the future.