Interestingly, while car sales saw growth, two-wheeler sales recorded a dip for the second year in a row.
A total of 4,58,824 vehicles were registered in the capital between January 1 and December 31, 2021, compared with 4,24,294 vehicles registered in 2020, which saw the Covid outbreak dent vehicle sales and register a major dip. In 2019, a total of 6,41,889 vehicles were registered.
Car sales changed gears in October
Compared with 2019, the year 2020 saw an overall dip of 32.2% in vehicle sales, which included a dip of 23.3% in sale of cars and a 35.3% dip in sale of two-wheelers in 2020. Sources in the transport department said that while it was expected last year that given the setback caused by the pandemic, two-wheeler sales would jump while four-wheelers might not see much growth, the opposite has happened.
“The Covid-19 outbreak hugely affected vehicle sales in 2020, which also affected revenue generation for the Delhi government but thanks to the vehicle sales during the festive season in November, 2020 we managed to record some recovery by the end of the year,” an official said.
“The year 2021 started on a promising note but the second wave was yet another setback. However, a lot of recovery was made in the later part of the year, particularly during the Diwali festive season,” he said.
Of the nearly 4.6 lakh vehicles registered in 2021, the number of cars was 1,39,942, compared with 1,17,476 cars registered previous year. The number of commercial vehicles, such as goods carrier vehicles, buses, cabs, e-rickshaws etc., registered in 2021 was 43,463, which is a major increase compared with 28,329 commercial vehicles registered in 2020. The number, however, is still significantly lower than the 58,463 commercial vehicles sold in 2019 – a dip of 25.6%.
However, while the other two categories are showing signs of recovery, the two-wheeler segment, which usually witnesses a higher volume, has gone down slightly from the 2,78,489 two-wheelers registered in 2020, to 2,75,419 in 2021.
Last year started with some promise with January 2021 witnessing 49,011 vehicles being registered and even though the figure slightly dipped to 44,597 next month, March saw 51,998 being registered.
However, with the exponential rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, April 2021 witnessed the number of personal vehicles registered dip to 24,658. Due to the lockdown imposed from April 19, of May saw only 55 vehicles getting registered, including 21 cars and 21 two-wheelers, apart from 13 commercial vehicles. As the gradual unlock process started from May 31, the sales started increasing once again and June saw a total 37,179 vehicles getting registered.
July saw 14,962 cars being registered, out of a total 43,831 vehicles but the number of vehicles sold dipped to 42,669 in August and further down to 31,410 in September. The numbers started looking up from the festive period of October, when 43,486 vehicles were registered and the highest figure of the year was registered in November -54,082 – . The year ended with December witnessing registration of 35,848 vehicles.