For Hyundai Motor India, 2013 seems to be an encouraging year. Despite challenging times and intense competition, the company has achieved its highest-ever market share in the domestic market, crossing 20.3% in September. In an interview with R Ravichandran, Hyundai Motor India senior vice-president (sales & marketing) Rakesh Srivastava said that the the company will ramp up production of the Grand i10. He also discussed the company’s future growth map. Edited excerpts:
Given that the year has not been good for the automobile industry in general, how has been Hyundai’s performance so far?
Currently, the Indian automobile industry is facing challenging times due to the tough macro-economic conditions such as high fuel prices, interest rates, inflation, sharp rupee depreciation and lower customer sentiments. However, we are satisfied with our performance. Up to September 2013, we have grown by 1.2% over the same nine-month period last year, with total sales of 4,84,040 units, including exports of 2,01,886, compared with the sale of 4,78,902 units in the January-September period last year. However, overall industry sales were down over 5% in the January-September this year.
At a recent meeting, you said that Hyundai has achieved its highest-ever market share this year in the domestic market. Explain this in perspective.
Despite the economic slowdown, Hyundai has increased its passenger car market share in India to 20.3% in January-September 2013, against 18.3% in the same period of 2012.
It was 19.1% in both 2010 and 2011 and 19.2% in 2012. Given the encouraging response to Grand i10, followed with festive offerings and a sign of improvement in economic sentiments, we at Hyundai hope to register a 22% share this year. Interestingly, we have been the largest exporter with a market share of 46% and we would continue to maintain our leadership in exports.
It seems that sales during the ongoing festival season is not on the expected lines. How about Hyundai?
The festival season always brings positivity in the market. The last quarter of the year had a good monsoon and many auspicious days leading to enquires, walk-ins and conversions. The Grand i10 launch in the midst of the slowdown has proved to be successful for Hyundai which has helped us gain momentum.
You have said that Grand i10 is successful. Can you share some sales numbers?
We started off with a monthly sale of 6,000 plus units and increased it to 8,000 plus units now. In the