Driving away from the recession?

by Brandi Moore on March 3, 2009

The magical date is March 23rd.  The day Tata will formally launch the much anticipated Nano or the $2,500 car. 

As the world tries to understand what is happening or will happen to the auto industry here in the US, take a look at who is buying cars.  India.  Seen here as presented in the Business Standard.


Domestic passenger car sales
Company Feb 08 Feb 09 % change
Maruti Suzuki 59,311 70,625 19
Hyundai 14,600 21, 215 45.3
Mahindra & Mahindra 12,562 14,720 17* 
General Motors 5563 4921 -11.54
Honda 3774 5579 48
Tata Motors 18766 19039 1.4
total 114576 136099 18.78
*utility vehicles                                Source: Companies

The percent change in prices month over month are exciting.  India has put programs in place to encourage purchases through loans.  If Indians are purchasing now — I predict a line at the Tata dealership at the end of the month.

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