Vehicle sales in Delhi show signs of recovery after second COVID-19 wave’s damage
The Covid-19 outbreak has massively affected the sale of vehicles in the car capital of the country since last year. However, after a huge dent in the April and May sales this year, June witnessed more vehicles being sold than June 2020.
With the exponential rise in Covid-19 cases during the second wave, April had witnessed the number of personal vehicles registered dip to 22,186 from 47,266 a month ago.
Due to the lockdown from April 19, May saw only 42 vehicles getting registered, including 21 cars and 21 two-wheelers. As the gradual unlock process started from May 31, the sales started increasing again and June saw 34,763 vehicles getting registered, including12,712 cars and 22,069 two-wheelers.
Not only were the overall June figures 6.6% higher than the 32,622 vehicles registered in June 2020, but the sale of cars — 7,637 last June to 12,712 this June — also saw an increase of 66.4%. However, the number of two-wheelers registered last month — 22,069 — was 11.7% less than last June.
The capital saw a major dip in vehicle sales from March 2020. From 48,352 vehicles registered in January 2020 and 39,651 in February, the number further dipped to 31,311 in March and crashed to 1,224 in April, with the national lockdown in place. The numbers started inching upwards from May with 8,954 registrations, followed by 32,622 in June.
It was the festive season that brought some cheer, with November witnessing registration of 56,943 vehicles — not only the highest sales for 2020 but also more than the November 2019 count.
The year 2021 started with some promise and the vehicle sales in March saw an increase of 50% compared with March 2020. The first quarter of 2021 also saw an increase of 11% in registration numbers. Despite the dip in May, the first six months of 2021 registered an increase of 17.5%. Between January and June 2020, more than 1.6 lakh vehicles were registered as against more than 1.9 lakh this year.
However, compared with the nearly 3 lakh vehicles registered between January and June 2019, there has been a dip of 36% during the same period this year.
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