Ford pips Hyundai to become India's largest PV exporter - Report

17/10/2017 - 12:54 | ,  ,   | Dhruv Saxena

Ford India has overtaken Hyundai Motor India Limited as the largest exporter of passenger vehicles (PVs) from India. Exports stood at 82,347 for Ford during H1, FY2018 as opposed to HMIL's figure of 70,525 during the same period.

Ford largest car exporter in India during April-September 2017-18.
Ford India will start exporting the EcoSport to the North American market before the end of the current fiscal.

Ford's exports witnesses a year-on-year growth of 11.55 % increasing from H1, FY17's figure of 73,821 to 82,347 in the first half of the current fiscal, thanks to the new Figo and the EcoSport. The company moved up to the top spot at the expense of HMIL whose exports fell by 19.4 % to 70,525 from 87,499 over the same period.

A spokesperson for Hyundai told ET Auto that growth in demand in the domestic market was to be blamed for the decrease in export volumes as meeting local demand gets priority. With manufacturing bases in South Korea, Czechoslovakia, Russia, the US, Turkey, and China, Hyundai has sufficient production capacity to meet global demand.

Maruti Suzuki registered exports of 60,063 posting a marginal decline of 0.77 % over the same period. MSIL shipped 60,526 units during the first half of FY17. With the second shift at SMC's plant in Gujarat starting, exports are likely to witness an uptick.

Volkswagen India climbed one spot to number 4 with exports amounting to 50,410 units posting a growth of 16.92 % YoY. GM India occupies the fifth spot with export volumes during the first half of FY18 at 45,222 units, up 47.72 % from H1, FY17's figure of 30,647 units. Slipping down a couple of spots to sixth place on the list of top 10 car exporters in India during H1, FY18 is Nissan. The carmaker reported 32,198 units shipped during the period. Over the same period last year, Nissan India exported 49,611 units.

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Increased domestic demand means HMIL's exports decline to bring the company down to the second spot on the list of top 10 car exporters in India during H1, FY18.

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TKM, Renault, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Honda Cars India Limited round off the top 10. Overall, there was a marginal decline of 1.34% in the total exports of PVs from India over the April-September period year on year. Here's the full list of top 10 car exporters in India during H1, FY18 -

  Manufacturer Name April-September 2017 Exports April-September 2016 Exports Change
1 Ford 82,347 73,821 11.55%
2 Hyundai 70,525 87,499 -19.4%
3 Maruti Suzuki 60,063 60,526 -0.77%
4 Volkswagen 50,410 43,114 16.92%
5 General Motors 45,222 30,647 47.72%
6 Nissan 32,198 49,611 -35.1%
7 Toyota Kirloskar 8,393 7,008 19.76%
8 Renault 6,238 3,938 58.41%
9 Mahindra 3,024 5,913 -48.86%
10 Honda Cars 2,724 2,539 8.01%

[source - ET Auto]

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