Amidst the COVID-19 lockdown, most shocking news comes from the popular two-wheeler manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki. The impact of nationwide lockdown has finally started affecting the automotive sector. Maruti Suzuki has recorded zero number of sales in April 2020. It is the most disturbing news as we can see the hazardous effect of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Due to lockdown, all the production plants of automotive companies are closed with no employees on duty. These plants are locked completely since last month and the same for the showrooms. The automotive world is highly affected. However, some companies are planning to begin production to get back the level of sales. Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai have decided on somewhat recommencing production by this month.
As per new reports, the Indian Government has planned to elevate the lockdown in a classified way from May 3. The selected Green Zones areas can commence their business again. Although, any kind of activities is completely banned in the red zone areas. To conclude, the company can boost up sales in the month of May only if they work from green zone areas with strictly following the legal rules and regulation.
It is just the beginning as more companies will soon report their sales report in April 2020, which will be shocking. Some automotive makers have also commenced online sales and services, that might help to improve sales. Those companies are following the local regulations to prevent coronaviruses like thorough sanitization and social distancing.
However, the sales via the online portal are still not likely to meet the company’s expectations. Maruti Suzuki transported a consignment of 632 units from Mundra port in April with port services. Maruti Suzuki Dzire facelift was revealed by the company. Maruti is likely to launch some impressive models like petrol-powered BSVI version of the S-Cross in coming months. Since the last two months, the auto production has reported loos of around Rs 1 lakh crore revenue(approx 0.5 per cent of GDP).
According to Veejay Nakra, Chief Executive Officer, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra, “At Mahindra, we are working hand in hand with all stakeholders, especially our dealer and supplier partners, to get our ecosystem started, once the lockdown is lifted. The safety of all our employees will be of paramount importance to us while resuming our operations. We are hopeful that our dealerships will open soon and have stocks to cover the first few weeks of sale. In the export market, we have sold 733 vehicles during April”.
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