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The most important automotive value hikes final 12 months | Autocar India

Written by Sunny Kumar

Of late, automotive costs have risen dramatically and in a brief time period. We analyse why.

Value hikes are nothing new, nor are restricted interval introductory provides; nonetheless, the final 12 months noticed automotive trade implement very frequent and enormous value hikes. For example, within the interval between January 2021 and April 2022, the automotive trade has seen 5 rounds of value revisions by many producers. So what’s happening? Why the hikes and by how a lot have automotive costs risen?

Vendor’s Market

The continued international semiconductor disaster has severely impacted car provide and manufacturing throughout the globe, and with consumers returning submit the COVID-19 downturn, carmakers are simply promoting no matter they produce, thus in essence, turning the trade right into a ‘vendor’s market’.

Mid-spec Kiger computerized is dearer by a whopping Rs 1.05 lakh.

Not solely are the fashions promoting out however the supply-demand mismatch is so excessive that, for a lot of fashionable fashions, ready interval are operating into months and a few even a 12 months or extra. A lot in order that for many carmakers supply date is the brand new low cost, and with clients eagerly awaiting their vehicles, producers aren’t beneath any strain to keep up aggressive costs.

The only variant of the Gurkha has seen a Rs 90,000 increment since launch.

Moreover, as a result of economic system’s fixed inflationary tendency, enter and uncooked materials value has steadily risen. This has put loads of strain on producers who’ve simply come out of many value challenges just like the COVID-19 disruption and the enforcement of stricter security and emission norms.

The Hikes

Right here’s a take a look at a few of the main launches between January 2021 and January 2022, and the rise of their costs:

Automobile value hikes (January 21-22)
Mannequin Launch Value Present Value Max Hiked Quantity Highest % Hike
Maruti Celerio Rs 4.99 lakh-6.94 lakh Rs 5.25 lakh-7.00 lakh As much as Rs 26,000 5.2%
Tata Punch Rs 5.49 lakh-9.39 lakh Rs 5.67 lakh-9.48 lakh As much as Rs 34,000 6.1%
Renault Kiger Rs 5.45 lakh-9.55 lakh Rs 5.84 lakh-10.39 lakh As much as Rs 1.2 lakh 6.1%
Skoda Kushaq Rs 10.49 lakh-Rs 17.59 lakh Rs 10.99 lakh-18.19 lakh As much as Rs 50,000 4.8%
VW Taigun Rs 10.50 lakh-17.50 lakh Rs 10.99 lakh-17.99 lakh As much as Rs 50,000 4.8%
Drive Gurkha Rs 13.59 lakh Rs 14.49 lakh As much as Rs 90,000 6.6%
Hyundai Alcazar Rs 16.30 lakh-19.99 lakh Rs 16.34 lakh-20.14 lakh As much as Rs 22,000 1.3%
Kia Carens Rs 8.99 lakh-16.99 lakh Rs 9.59 lakh-17.69 lakh As much as Rs 70,000 4.1%
MG Astor Rs 9.78 lakh-16.78 lakh Rs 9.98 lakh-17.72 lakh As much as Rs 35,000 2%
Tata Safari Rs 14.69 lakh-21.45 lakh Rs 15.24 lakh-23.45 lakh As much as Rs 1.05 lakh 4.9%
Mahindra XUV700 Rs 11.99 lakh-21.59 lakh Rs 13.18 lakh-Rs 24.58 lakh As much as Rs 1.81 lakh 8.4%
Skoda Octavia Rs 25.99 lakh-28.99 lakh Rs 26.29 lakh-29.29 lakh As much as Rs 30,000 1%
Citroen C5 Aircross Rs 29.90 lakh-30.40 lakh Rs 32.73 lakh-33.78 lakh As much as Rs 3.38 lakh 11.1%

The Renault Kiger – launched in February 2021 – has seen its costs go up by about Rs 50,000-60,000, relying on variant. The Kiger RxT turbo-CVT sees the very best increment of Rs 1.2 lakh – or 14 p.c over its launch value – fairly extraordinary for what’s a compact SUV.

The duo of Kushaq and Taigun have seen Rs 50,000 hike in six months.

Equally, the Tata Safari has additionally seen a value hike within the vary Rs 70,000-80,000 for many variants. After all, the value of the top-spec Safari in the present day is far larger than at launch, however that’s as a result of addition of a number of particular version fashions equivalent to Darkish and Gold Editions. Nonetheless, the then top-spec Journey AT variant is now dearer by as a lot as Rs 1.05 lakh.

The Mahindra XUV700, which received everybody speaking with its very aggressive launch value, too, has seen a big hike. Ready durations for the XUV700 extends as much as almost a 12 months in sure cities and choose variants of the XUV700 are actually dearer by over a lakh, with AX7 diesel-AT Luxurious variant seeing a most improve of Rs 1.81 lakh over its introductory value.

The Astor has seen comparatively lesser hike in value – as much as Rs 35,000

Even the duo of Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun had two value increments in fast succession, taking their costs up by Rs 50,000 in simply six months. In the meantime, the Kia Carens, whose greatest speaking level on the launch was its beginning value, is already dearer by as much as Rs 70,000 for choose variants, barely two months since its arrival; its ready interval for the bottom variants is as much as 10 months in sure locations.

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Sunny Kumar