Car sales in India are expected to be relatively flat this year after plunging 11.8 per cent in 2019 amid slowing economic growth, as per Moody’s Investors Service.
But weak consumer demand and tight liquidity will likely limit any improvement in car sales this year, it added. “In 2021, we expect Indian car sales to rise 2 per cent,” Moody’s Investors Service said.
Commenting on global auto sales, it said, “We expect global auto unit sales to decline 2.5 per cent in 2020, narrowing from a 4.6 per cent drop in 2019, but worsening from the 0.9 per cent decline that we had previously projected for this year.”
The ratings agency expects sales to rebound only modestly in 2021 with growth of 1.5 per cent. “Our outlook on the sector remains negative,” Moody’s Investors Service said. It further noted, “We would consider returning to a stable outlook if we were to expect global light vehicle sales growth to recover to at least 1 per cent over the next 12 to 18 months. A stable outlook would also require improving pricing and at least stable capacity utilisation.”
Moody’s also predicted auto sales decline in China.
“In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, we expect auto sales in China, which includes both passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles, to fall 2.9 per cent this year, a meaningfully weaker performance than the 1 per cent growth we had previously projected,” Moody’s said. Elaborating on the market, it said that cautious consumers are steering clear of crowded areas, including auto dealerships, while corporate demand for vehicles is weakening as broader economic uncertainties cause companies to scale back capital spending.