Despite Crisis: Record Sales Of New Cars
19 Octobre 2012 - Défi Media Group
For the first time, the new car sales in 9000 exceeded one year. A record while the economic situation is tough. A paradox!
While growth is declining and that the dark clouds from the West, is dangerously close to our shores, our automotive industry is booming. For dealers, 2012 has been exceptionally successful.
"An absolute record. We have exceeded the 9,000 cars sold, "says Gilles Lalanne, president of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Association (MVDA). The last year had been good with nearly 8000 sales, but in 2012, the sales figures are expected to change positive about 20% by the end of December.
Industry professionals recognize that we face a paradox. At a time when the gloom appears increasingly, more Mauritians spend hundreds of thousands of rupees to buy a new vehicle. Gilles Lalanne acknowledges that "it's ironic", but explains the phenomenon by aggressive leasing companies and the introduction of the carbon tax last year. "Certainly, it penalizes large cars are more expensive since, but it reduces the tax for small cars and makes them less expensive than before," said Gilles Lalanne.
For cars from 1000cc to 1250cc, and the difference may reach Rs 75,000 compared to the pre-carbon tax. It is therefore with some logic that sales in this category increased by 65%. But even sedans rose a more than interesting 30% in sales.
While cars have the wind in their sails, used cars show a significant decrease. According to statistics from the National Transport Authority (NTA), 5250 cars were sold between January and July 2012, against 4,250 in the corresponding period in 2011. During the same period, 3,200 used vehicles were sold against 4500, a decrease of about 40%.
And for the first time, Kia and Hyundai are the brands that individuals like best. In the high-end BMW and Mercedes also work very well and should represent approximately 10% of the total market sales this year.
Dealers provide however 2013 less glorious. "We feel the effects from abroad after some time," said Gilles Lalanne. But there is the report of the Pay Research Bureau (PRB) whereby officials from more than 50 years with more than 22-year career in the public service have the right to buy a car with a tax rebate of 75%. And in addition, they have access to cheaper funding.