Calendar 2006 was not just a rocking year for mass market cars. Even for luxe brands, sales were sizzling hot. DaimlerChrysler, makers of the Mercedes Benz brand, has announced a doubling of growth in January-December 2006.
The company sold 2,121 units at an 11% clip, up from 5.7% in 2005. Consequently, during this period, the company has also netted the highest sales for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, E-Class and C-Class cars for India.
Of course the trot has been perky enough at the volume end of the market. Hyundai registered a combined sale of 299,513 vehicles in calendar 2006, up 18.5%. In the domestic market, it clocked a growth of 19.1% with 186,174 units. Overseas sales grew by 17.4% with 113,339 units. In December, the company notched an all-time high sales in the overseas market with 12,288 units, up 50%. Domestic sales grew 42.3% over December 2005.
Rival Tata Motors' domestic passenger vehicle sales at 16,515 units were up 27% in December. The Indica sold 10,588 units (up 52%) while the Indigo range clocked 2,077 units, down 24.6% over last December.
The Sumo and Safari accounted for 3,850 units, up 16%. Cumulative sales of passenger vehicles in the domestic market for the fiscal were 1,57,010 units, up 23% over the previous year. Cumulative sales of Indica at 1,02,361 units were up 36% while the Indigo family sold 23,299 units, down 14%. Cumulative sales of Sumo and Safari were at 31,350 units, up 26%.
For the period January to December 2006, Ford India sold 42,060 units as compared to 22,526 units during the same period last year and, up 87%. Ford sold 1,983 units in December 2006. The company also announced a mark up in the prices of Fiesta and Endeavour by 1-2.3% from January. Hikes on the Fusion and Ikon are under consideration.
Fellow mid-size carmaker Honda registered a growth of 45% in the total cumulative sales for the April-December period with cumulative sales of 43,299 units as compared to 29,834 units sold in the year ago period. The City sold 29,527 units, the Civic: 10,813 units, the Accord 1,714 units and the CRV 1,245 units. The company sold 4,105 units in December 2006 as against 4,111 units last year.
Skoda India announced sales of 12,202 units inclusive of 769 units of the ŠkodaSuperb in calendar 2006, up 36% over the 8,953 units sold the year before. Škoda India recorded sales of 838 units for the month of December, up 6% as compared to 789 units sold last December.