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Toyota car sales slip 18% in India

“In spite of higher exports, the total sales declined 17 per cent YoY to 10,911 units from 13,078 units a year ago,” said the statement.

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Bengaluru, Oct 1 (IANS) Japanese car maker Toyota on Tuesday reported an 18 per cent annual sales decline in India for September due to subdued sentiment and economic slowdown.

“We sold 10,203 units in September against 12,512 units in the same month a year ago, registering 18 per cent year-on-year (YoY) decline,” said Toyota’s joint venture with Kirloskar Motors, in a statement here.

Export of its Etios sedan, however, grew 25 per cent YoY to 708 units from 566 units a year ago (2018).

“In spite of higher exports, the total sales declined 17 per cent YoY to 10,911 units from 13,078 units a year ago,” said the statement.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Deputy Managing Director N. Raja said the consumer sentiment continued to be subdued, reflecting in the sales decline in the industry.

“We expect the demand to pick up during the Dasara and Diwali festivals this month for better sales,” said Raja.

To prop up sales during the festive season, the company has rolled out a new version of its sports utility vehicle Fortuner TRD.

“The customer orders have been slightly encouraging since the 10-day Dasara fest began on the weekend. We hope the pace continues in the festive season to improve the demand,” added Raja.

The company hopes the recent industry-friendly changes ushered by the government to reduce corporate tax and minimum alternate tax would improve the consumer sentiment to boost sales.

Month-wise, Toyota’s car sales improved in September as it reported 24 per cent YoY decline in August when it sold 10,701 units as against 14,100 units in the same month a year ago.

“The consumer sentiment was muted in August, as customers deferred purchasing vehicles. Floods across some states also hurt the demand while unfavourable exchange rate did not help our cost,” Raja said in a statement on September 1.

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Sudden accelerations in Tesla cars were user error: US govt

Tesla issued the recall with NHTSA for 9,136 Model X SUVs built in 2015 and 2016 over pieces of the body that can detach while driving due to a lack of primer.

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San Francisco, Jan 9 : A year-long review of Tesla cars in the US has concluded that there is not enough evidence to open a full investigation into claims that some Tesla vehicles were accelerating without warning the users.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement on Friday that “pedal misapplication” at the end of drivers was the actual cause of the problem.

NHTSA received 246 complaints about this “sudden unintended acceleration” phenomenon, reports The Verge.

“There is no evidence of any fault in the accelerator pedal assemblies, motor control systems, or brake systems that has contributed to any of the cited incidents,” the agency said.

“There is no evidence of a design factor contributing to increased likelihood of pedal misapplication. The theory provided of a potential electronic cause of SUA in the subject vehicles is based upon inaccurate assumptions about system design and log data.”

Tesla has settled most of a purported class action lawsuit in 2018 over the acceleration issue.

The review was opened in January 2020 in response to a petition by Brian Sparks, a Tesla investor.

“I believe Tesla vehicles have a structural flaw which puts their drivers and the public at risk. I further believe Tesla must know of this flaw and be unresponsive to it,” he wrote in December 2019.

Tesla responded to the review with a blog post that claimed there was no merit to the idea

“We investigate every single incident where the driver alleges to us that their vehicle accelerated contrary to their input, and in every case where we had the vehicle’s data, we confirmed that the car operated as designed,” the company emphasised.

Electric Vehicle (EV) maker Tesla is under scrutiny over battery and security issues after at least two dozen complaints were filed with the NHTSA.

Tesla in November last year recalled over 9,500 Model X and Y SUVs built in 2015 and 2016.

Tesla issued the recall with NHTSA for 9,136 Model X SUVs built in 2015 and 2016 over pieces of the body that can detach while driving due to a lack of primer.

Tesla also issued a recall for 437 Model Y SUVs over a potentially loose bolt that could result in the upper control arm separating from the steering knuckle.

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Bajaj Auto reports 11% rise in December sales

But commercial vehicle sales during the month under review declined by 34 per cent to 33,948 units from 51,253 units sold during the like period of last year.

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Mumbai, Jan 4 : Two-wheeler and commercial vehicle manufacturer Bajaj Auto on Monday reported a 11 per cent growth in total sales during December on a year-on-year basis.

According to the company, total sales during the month under review grew to 3,72,532 units from 336,055 units sold during the corresponding month of 2019.

However, Bajaj Auto’s total domestic sales declined, standing at 139,606 units — down (-) 9 per cent — from 153,163 units sold in December last year.

The company’s overall exports zoomed by 27 per cent to 232,926 units from 182,892 units shipped out during the like month of 2019.

In terms of two-wheelers, the company’s total sales rose by 19 per cent to 338,584 units from 284,802 units sold in December last year.

But commercial vehicle sales during the month under review declined by 34 per cent to 33,948 units from 51,253 units sold during the like period of last year.

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Ashok Leyland sells 12,762 trucks in Dec 2020

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Chennai, Jan 1 : Commercial vehicles major Ashok Leyland Ltd on Friday said it closed last month with a sales figure of 12,762 units.

In a statement the company said it sold 12,762 units last month up from 11,168 units sold in December 2019.

Cumulatively this fiscal till last month the company had sold 56,657 units down from 99,749 units sold during previous year corresponding period.

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