"To give relief to the automobile industry, which is registering unprecedented negative growth, I propose to reduce excise duty," Chidambaram said.
Excise duty for small cars, scooters, motorcycles and commercial vehicles will come down to 8 percent from 12 percent earlier.
SUVs will attract excise duty of 24 percent as against 30 percent earlier.
Excise duty on large cars will now be 24 percent compared with 27 percent earlier, while the duty on mid-sized cars will go down to 20 percent from 24 percent previously.
The excise duty cut will be applicable up to June 20, 2014.
Annual car sales in India declined for the first time in 11 years in 2013, posting a 9.59 percent dip, as the auto industry reeled under a prolonged demand slump due to the economic slowdown.
According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, domestic car sales last year fell to 18,07,011 units from 19,98,703 units in the previous year.
The slump in sales continued in January as car sales fell for the fourth straight month with a decline of 7.59 percent to 1,60,289 units from a year earlier.


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