Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) and Ford India have completed the 2015 calendar year on a positive note overall but their sales performance in the last month of the year could’ve been better. While Ford India’s production at its Chennai plant was hampered to some extent due to the floods, Bangalore-based TKM too blamed the calamity for the slow down. The Japanese automaker also said that Supreme Court’s Delhi diesel ban too costed it dearly in December 2015.
Last month, TKM sold 10,883 units in both domestic and export markets as against 11,738 units in December 2014. However the company registered cumulative growth of 5% in 2015 at 1,39,815 units as against 1,32,673 units in 2014.
The highlight of the year is the Toyota Camry which registered a cumulative growth of 42%, thanks to the facelift which was launched in April 2015 with a hybrid variant. Benefited by the Indian government’s FAME scheme, the hybrid variant made up for nearly 90% of the sales.
Coming to Ford India, cumulative sales in 2015 saw a 15% rise at 1,76,858 units compared to 2014’s 1,54,121 units. In December 2015, the company registered a overall sales of 10,865 units as against 14,401 units in the same month last year.
Commencement of production at the Sanand plant provided a big boost to the company’s exports which rose to 99,143 units in 2015 compared to 76,981 units in 2014.