Sales of Chevrolet vehicles at General Motors India dropped 19 percent in December 2013 to 5,705 units compared to 7,067 units sold in December 2012. December 2013 sales included 2,073 units of the Chevrolet Beat, 1,282 units of Sail, and 1,088 units of Chevrolet Enjoy.
The automaker points to adverse conditions in the automotive sector as well as in the economy at large, and stated that a government stimulus package is necessary to support the auto sector.
“The past year has been extremely challenging for the automobile sector as the general economic and consumer sentiments had failed to pick up”, said Paramu Balendran, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, General Motors India. “Despite providing highest level of discounts during December, footfall in showrooms failed to pick-up. The outlook for the industry remains grim in the short-term as the dampeners like slow economic growth, high inflation and fuel costs continue to pose challenges and the overall economic scenario continues to be uncertain. Unless the government offers a stimulus package to the struggling automobile industry, the market is unlikely to see any upturn before a new government assumes office after elections this year,” he added.