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Car sales surge in August in anticipation of GST cess hike

LiveMint logoLiveMint 11-09-2017 A Staff Writer

New Delhi: Sales of passenger vehicles grew 13.76% in August, driven largely by demand for utility vehicles, as customers advanced their purchases in anticipation of prices going up due to an increase in GST cess on cars.

The industry has now entered its most crucial month, which also includes the shraadh period when many people refrain from making big-ticket purchases. Yet, auto industry lobby Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam) remains bullish, citing reasons such as evenly spread rainfall, declining interest rates, and pickup in demand from rural areas.

Two-wheeler sales, too, recovered and grew at 15% during the month.

Graphic: Mint

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