2014 was a difficult year for car companies to begin with. The auto industry in general was witnessing a slump in sales and a stimulus was needed to push the cars out of the showrooms. The then UPA government, decided to give concessions on excise duties to bolster the dwindling motorcar sales.
Snap back to the present with the four-wheeler industry posting a mild recovery and manufacturers coming out with record sales and profits, the government has decided not to extend the benefits in to the New Year. So, come 2015 and new car buyers will have to shell out some more for owning their pride and joy. The excise rates will go back to their previous original levels; which means that small cars will attract 12% instead of the current 8%; mid-size sedans consisting of players such as the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the recently launched Maruti Ciaz will be dearer by 4% going up to 24% from the current 20%; large cars including luxury wheels from the likes of the German trio will see their prices hiked by 3% from the current 24% to 27%; the biggest hit however, will be taken by the most popular SUV segment – cars falling in this bracket will see a dramatic increase in MRP owing to the 6% hike, taking the excise duty figure to 30%.
Some car manufacturers have already increased their prices and some are contemplating the move. The hike in prices is solely at the manufacturer’s discretion but the change in excise duty will affect all the companies. The change will increase prices starting from Rs 50,000 and going up all the way to Rs 5 lakh for the high-end models. This decision by the Modi-led government is bound to have a negative impact on the automotive sector which was showing some signs of recovery in the past couple of months.
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