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May 9, 2008

INDIA: April car sales up 17%

Passenger car sales in India rose an annual 17.2% to 98,740 units in April according to data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

Passenger car sales in India rose an annual 17.2% to 98,740 units in April according to data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

The sharp increase is being seen as part of a pull-forward effect ahead of widely expected price increases due to higher steel prices impacting Indian automotive producers.

India’s top car maker, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd , and No. 3 bike maker TVS Motor Co Ltd have said they will raise prices, Reuters reported.

Also, analysts said an excise duty cut in the March Budget on small cars also acted as a positive factor, along with the festive ‘navratra’ period.

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