Toyota Kirloskar Motor on Saturday revealed that it had recorded a sharp drop in sales in April, with sales of 9,622 units for the month of April, which is a 35% drop when compared to the previous month, wherein the company sold 15,001 units, its highest ever since 2013 on a monthly basis.
As per the company, the sharp fall in sales figures is due to the Covid-19 surge across India that has led to the rising gap between retail and wholesale for April.
The Toyota facility, which is located in Bidadi is located in Karnataka, one of the worst affected states by the second wave of the corona vrius with thousands of people testing positive. This also led to the company suspending production at its Bidadi facility due to the strict restrictions that are in place.
Despite this, Toyota should be quite happy with these sales figures, because if one compares them with last year’s numbers, all Indian carmakers were unable to sell even one car due to the nationwide lockdown.
Naveen Soni, Senior Vice President at Toyota Kirloskar Motor, stated this: “Despite the challenges, we continue to witness good demand owing to personal mobility needs and the same has helped us clock 9,622 units of wholesales in the month of April 2021,”
“Also, sporadic lockdowns impacting different states and cities for varying durations have increased logistical challenges to supply the right vehicle to the right dealership and at the right time.
We are trying our best to work around such logistical challenges so as to be able to meet customer requirements at the earliest,” Soni added.
Toyota’s share in the Indian market is largely contributed to by the two most popular products from the brand, namely the Fortuner and the Innova Crysta. Earlier this year, Toyota launched both cars in a refreshed state, with a Legender option for the flagship Fortuner.
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