JLR says sales vrooming, sets 4,500 units target this fiscal

29 Oct 2017

Tata Motors' British luxury marquee Jaguar-Land Rover (JLR) expects to vroom past the 4,500-unit volume-mark this fiscal year and increase its market share to around 14 per cent.
It had already sold 2,942 units in the first nine months of 2017, clipping past a solid 45 per cent over same period last year. In the whole of 2016, it had clocked around 2,400 units only, accounting for around 9 per cent of the 34,000 units luxury market.
JLR India president and managing director Rohit Suri is bullish about a spike in volumes despite the end of the lower taxation boost that GST regime had offered for two months and the resultant tepid festive sales in October.
And he bases the high expectation to the good response it has seen in the first nine months when the company sold 45 per cent more units over what it had sold in the same period last year.
"We are hopeful of closing this fiscal with a volume of 4,500 units and a market share of 13-14 per cent. Last year with a volume of under 2,500 units, we had 8-9 per cent of the market pie," Suri told PTI in an interaction here over the weekend.
He also expects the new `Discovery', launched last evening with two global industry first features and at an attractive prices coupled with a petrol option, to do the needful in the remaining part of the year.
The 34,000 units per annum in 2016 luxury car market was dominated by the German trio Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi, respectively -- and JLR comes at a distant fourth slot.
Merc retained its leash over the market for the third year in a row during the first nine months of 2017 selling 11,869 units, up 20 per cent, driven by the new E Class and the SUVs. BMW sold 7,138 units in the same period, a growth of 17.3 per cent, on robust demand for the new BMW 5 series sedan, helping it make a comeback to the No 2 slot after many years.
The niche market, which is only 1 per cent of total passenger car market, was bumping from one regulatory or taxation hiccup or another since the past two years such as the Supreme Court ban on high end diesel vehicle sale in Delhi -NCR, note-ban and the short-lived GST boost.
JLR expects the 7-seater fifth generation Land Rover Discovery to boost the sales given the petrol option and the lower prices starting from Rs 71.38 lakh for the petrol option.
The full size seven-seater premium SUV comes with both a 3-litre petrol and diesel powertrain options and offers a host of features such a full-sized spare wheel with an automatic tyre lifting option and intelligent seat fold functionality-both industry firsts. The new model comes in six variants. (PTI)