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The automobile industry in India is expected to be the world's third largest by 2016.

Automobile Industry Analysis

Latest update: May, 2018

  • The automotive manufacturing industry comprises the production of commercial vehicles, passenger cars, three & two-wheelers.
  • Two-wheelers are by far the most popular form of vehicle in India, taking an 80 per cent share in 2015-16. India became the largest two-wheeler market in the world after selling 17.7 million two-wheelers in 2016.
  • 25.3 million automobiles produced in FY17.
  • Total production volume grew at a CAGR of 4.43 per cent during FY12-17.
  • Automobile exports from India increased 15.81 per cent year-on-year in April-February 2017-18. During the same period, two and three-wheelers exports increased 20.30 per cent and 37.02 per cent, respectively.

Note: FY18* - up to February 2018
Source: Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)



Source: World Wealth Report (2011) of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Capgemini, Aranca Research, media sources

Last Updated: May, 2018

The automobile industry in India is world’s fourth largest, with the country currently being the world's 4th largest manufacturer of cars and 7th largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in 2017. Indian automotive industry (including component manufacturing) is expected to reach Rs 16.16-18.18 trillion (US$ 251.4-282.8 billion) by 2026. Two-wheelers dominate the industry and made up 81 per cent share in the domestic automobile sales in FY18. Overall, Domestic automobiles sales increased at 7.01 per cent CAGR between FY13-18 with 24.97 million vehicles getting sold in FY18. Indian automobile industry has received Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) worth US$ 18.41 billion between April 2000 and December 2017.

The passenger vehicle sales in India crossed the 3.2 million units in FY18, and is further expected increase to 10 million units by FY20. In April 2018, commercial vehicle sales grew 75.95 per cent year-on-year, followed by three-wheelers at 54.17 per cent, two-wheelers at 16.92 per cent and passenger vehicles at 7.5 per cent. Overall exports during April 2018 increased 24.21 per cent.

The government aims to develop India as a global manufacturing as well as a research and development (R&D) hub. It has set up National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) centres as well as a National Automotive Board to act as facilitator between the government and the industry. The Indian government has also set up an ambitious target of having only electric vehicles being sold in the country. Indian auto industry is expected to see 8-12 per cent increase in its hiring during FY19.

Alternative fuel has the potential to provide for the country's energy demand in the auto sector as the CNG distribution network in India is expected to rise to 250 cities in 2018 from 125 cities in 2014. Also, the luxury car market could register high growth and is expected to reach 150,000 units by 2020.

Indian Automobile Industry Report (May, 2018)

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Indian Automobile Industry Report (April, 2018)

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