Retail Sales Snapshot – December 2018

FADA (Federation of Automobile Dealers Association) has taken a great initiative of sharing the Retail (sale of cars from Dealership to End Customer) Data. This shall be the right way of looking at the Industry Performance as the Wholesale Data was deceptive as it used to reflect the dispatches of cars from OEM to dealer. As the Wholesale figures were primarily published; OEMs used to push cars to dealers to project growth in the sales volumes which used eventually lead to high inventory levels at dealerships if retail movement was slow. We appreciate FADA’s initiative and hope they shall be able to share model-wise retail data as well.



The Industry-wise Retail Statistics for Dec’18 is as shown below:

  • Not a healthy scenario for the Auto Industry
  • MoM (Month on Month) Auto Sales have actually declined; vis-a-vis growth seen in the Wholesale Statistics
  • Liquidity a concern for the Auto Industry and is backed with negative consumer sentiment
  • Passenger Vehicle Sales was down by -7% in Dec’18 v/s Nov’18 and was -3% when compared to Dec’17. The PV Sales were down by 7% in FY18-19 vis-a-vis FY17-18! Indeed a much more tougher time for dealers rather than the OEMs as they shall be still carrying the stocks in their inventory.
  • 2W sales were comparatively better and showed 11% growth in Dec’18 v/s Dec’17. However; there was a degrowth of -18% in Dec’18 v/s same period last year.

VW announces slash in Maintenance Costs for its range in India!

German Brands (VW, Skoda, etc) are known for its well-engineered products are are equally renowned for their build quality. However; the pain area always used to be their high cost of ownership, costlier spares and inflated service bills. VW had already taken initiatives to rationalize their service costs; and now they’ve gone a step further to reduce their overall cost of ownership by Doubling Free Road Side Assistance & Adding Free Services.

The details are as shown:





So, what exactly is on offer:

Mahindra XUV 300 Base Variant Spied

Mahindra XUV 300 is gathering a lot of interest recently due to the segment first features that it should be offering. However; we are happy to see the list of features are on offer on the base variant as well. In the recent spy shots it was seen that even the base variant sports a LED tail lamp cluster, 2-din audio system, Power Windows (along with one touch anti pinch for the driver side), MID with the instrument console, etc.

The Spy Shots are as shown below:

  • Front Face:



  • Rear



  • Dashboard along with Music System:



  • Power Windows:



  • Instrumentation Cluster:

Do note that the XUV 300 is based on the SsangYong Tivoli platform and is loaded with lots of new features and some-segment first also. The features that the car is going to be launched includes Sunroof, DRLs, Dual Zone Auto AC, 7-Airbags, Cruise Control & ESP.

Ford Recalls New EcoSport In North America

Ford has issued a recall for the 2019 EcoSport to fix a potentially-weak weld in the front seats. The weld between the A-bracket of the backrest and the side member may break in the event of a crash. Although, the carmaker claims that they have not received any complaints of injuries caused due to the said issue.

The automaker will replace the front seats altogether in the affected cars rather than ripping apart the upholstery and padding to strengthen the weld. The recall is only applicable to the North American EcoSport buyers. Ford says that it affects a total of 87 cars, 63 of which are in the United States while 13 are in Canada. It’s not clear at the moment where the other 11 cars were dispatched.

EcoSport owners in the North American region can call 866-436-7332 and mention the recall number 18C 08 to find out if their car needs to visit the dealership.



Additionally, Ford also issued another recall related to the Takata airbags, which are prone to throwing shrapnel at the occupants in the event of a crash. The airbag-related recall adds another 9.53 lakh vehicles, 7.8 lakh of which are in the US. The reference number for this is 19S 01. The passenger-side front airbag of the following vehicles may need replacement:

– 2010 Ford Edge

– 2010-11 Ford Ranger

– 2010-12 Ford Fusion

– 2010-14 Ford Mustang

– 2010 Lincoln MKX

– 2010-12 Lincoln MXZ

– 2010-11 Mercury Milan