Domestic car sales in November stood at 1,56,445 units, up 9.52 percent, as compared to 1,42,849 units in the same month of 2013, according to the data released by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

"Sales have grown in November as the overall sentiment has improved due to overall cost of ownership having come down with the lowering of fuel prices and benefits of reduced excise duty continuing," SIAM Director General Vishnu Mathur told reporters here.

Car sales have been fluctuating this year with various ups and downs and in order to "really kickstart" the growth steps like excise duty relief extension beyond December 31 and interest rate cut are required.      

"Hopefully, we are on a recovery path. If you want it deep-rooted, interest rate cut is required so that people sitting on the fence start buying," Mathur said.      

He said that if these steps are taken then "we will see some growth next fiscal".

"We hope that the government extends the excise duty relief till February, till the Budget," Mathur said, adding that discontinuation of the relief would affect recovery in the sector.

Car sales in the country grew from May to August this year after a prolonged slump which lasted over two years. The sales, however, declined 1.03 percent in September and by 2.55 percent in October.

In November, market leader Maruti Suzuki India posted a growth of 14.87 percent in domestic passenger car sales at 82,306 units as against 71,649 units in the same month last year.

Rival Hyundai Motor India saw its sales grow by 6.04 percent to 35,448 units as compared to 33,427 units in the same month last year.

Honda Cars India witnessed a rise of 24.72 percent in domestic sales of its passenger cars at 11,612 units as against 9,310 units in the year-ago month.

Homegrown auto major Tata Motors' sales increased 30.03 percent at 10,286 units as against 7,910 units in November 2013, while utility vehicles major Mahindra & Mahindra's sales during the month declined by 16.22 percent to 13,613 units as against 16,249 units last year.

Motorcycle sales last month declined 3.05 percent to 8,53,254 units from 8,80,078 units a year earlier, according to SIAM data.

"Motorcycle sales have been hit as rural sales have been impacted by weak monsoon. It is the scooter segment which has been during the growth of two-wheeler segment," Mathur said.

Market leader Hero MotoCorp saw its sales dip 1.5 percent to 4,58,481 units as against 4,65,505 units in the same month last year.

Bajaj Auto registered sale of 1,27,649 units as against 1,62,616 units last year, down 21.5 percent.

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) witnessed a decline of 4.2 percent at 1,36,789 units as against 1,42,797 units in November 2103.
According to SIAM, the total scooter sales in November 2014 stood at 3,86,547 units as compared to 3,05,586 units in the same month last year, up 26.49 percent.

Scooter market leader HMSI posted a growth of 32.54 percent at 2,16,954 units as against 1,63,679 units in the year-ago month.

Hero MotoCorp scooter sales were up 13.81 percent at 62,520 units in November as against 54,932 units last year.      

Chennai-based TVS Motor Co saw its scooter sales zoom by 67.53 percent to 61,336 units as against 36,610 units last year.

Total two-wheeler sales in November rose 4.89 percent to 13,01,431 units.

Sales of commercial vehicles rose 9.05 percent to 47,686 units in November SIAM said.

"Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles (M&HCVs) sales grew by 40 percent in November, highest during the fiscal," Mathur said.

Total vehicle sales across categories registered an increase of 5.03 percent to 16,03,292 units from 15,26,514 units in November 2013.

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