Semiconductor shortage hits domestic automobile wholesales in Aug; dispatches dip 11 pc

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Semiconductor shortage hits domestic automobile wholesales in Aug; dispatches dip 11 pc

Saturday, 11 September 2021 | PTI | New Delhi

Automobile wholesales in India declined 11 per cent year-on-year in August, as the semiconductor shortage hit production processes across the industry, SIAM said on Friday.

The total wholesales across categories, excluding commercial vehicles, declined to 15,86,873 units last month, compared to 17,90,115 units in August 2020.

According to the latest data by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), two-wheeler dispatches from OEMs to dealers declined last month while passenger vehicle and three-wheeler wholesales witnessed an increase over August 2020.

Two-wheeler dispatches from the OEMs to dealerships declined by 15 per cent to 13,31,436 units in August, compared to 15,59,665 units in the year-ago period.

Motorcycle sales were at 8,25,849 units last month as against 10,32,476 units in August 2020, down 20 per cent.

Similarly, scooter dispatches declined 1 per cent to 4,51,967 units last month from 4,56,848 units a year ago.

The total passenger vehicle sales -- including dispatches of cars, utility vehicles and vans -- from OEMs to dealerships increased by 7 per cent to 2,32,224 units in August compared to 2,15,916 units in the same month last year.Three-wheeler wholesales increased 60 per cent to 23,210 units last month as against 14,534 units a year ago. Commenting on the August sales, SIAM Director General Rajesh Menon said the Indian automobile industry is reeling under pressure due to supply chain challenges.

“The global semiconductor shortage continues and now it is having an acute impact on output across the auto industry,” he added.The usage of semiconductors in the auto industry has gone up globally in recent times, with technological advancements and new models coming with more and more electronic features such as Bluetooth connectivity and driver-assist, navigation and hybrid-electric systems, besides the engine control unit.

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