The Indian automotive industry has not been in the best of its times for the past few months. However, the issues mostly revolve around the passenger-vehicle segment. Two-wheelers are still seeing decent growth on the market in terms of domestic sales as well as exports.
In fact, at 2,71,813 export units, the two-wheeler industry reported a growth of around 10% compared to last year, for the month of October. Here is the detailed exports report for October 2019:
Occupying the top position is the Bajaj Boxer at 88,096 units in October 2019; 6,838 units more compared to the same time, last year. The TVS Star City came second with 30,209 units after recording a growth of 42.50%. The Bajaj Pulsar and CT100 have also done well in the export market with sales figures of 24,454 and 23,986 units; a growth of 16% and 10.28%, respectively.
The Bajaj Discover was the first two-wheeler to record a drop in sales — 16,388 units in October 2018 to 14,369 units in October 2019. The Yamaha FZ series achieved more than 80% growth compared to last year, at 10,069 units. The Honda Dio topped the exports chart in the scooter segment (at 9,116 units), but saw a fall of almost 25% from last year.
At 8th and 9th positions are the TVS Sport and TVS Apache. While the Apache recorded a fall of over 30%, the Sport saw a growth of around the same rate, at 5,991 units and 8,040 units, respectively. The top 10 is complete with the Suzuki Gixxer at 5,412 units (achieved almost 96% growth). The Honda CB Shine, at 4,740 units in October 2019, saw 55% growth and followed in at 11th position.
The next six positions are predominantly scooters, with the Suzuki Saluto being the only exception at 13th position (4,120 units). The Yamaha Ray, TVS NTorq, Honda Navi, Honda Grazia and TVS Wego saw only a rise in exports at 4,305, 3,781, 3,424, 2,984 and 2,863 units, respectively.
At 18th position are the Royal Enfield 650 Twins; new to the list and together achieving a figure of 2,845 units. The Hero Glamour, Honda CB Hornet 160R and Bajaj Platina came close at 2,702, 2,655 and 2,504 units, respectively.
The Hero HF Deluxe and Yamaha Saluto RX sold in similar numbers (1900 units) in October 2019, but the former witnessed a drop of over 45% while the latter enjoyed a climb of 46.65% in exports. Similarly, the Hero Splendor and Honda X Blade witnessed exports of above 1700 units, but individually, the Splendor fell and X Blade rose compared to the sales in October 2018.
Occupying the rest of the list of exports in October 2019 are the Yamaha FZ S, Suzuki Hayate, Honda Dream, Hero Hunk and BMW G 310 models. None of the KTM models made it to the list of top 30.