January-June car sales up 28% on pre-Covid year in Mumbai | Bombay News

Mumbai: Mumbai car sales continued to gain ground. There was a 28% increase in registrations in the first six months of 2022 compared to the same period during the pre-Covid year of 2019.

Department of Transportation data, released on Monday, shows an average of 182 cars have been registered daily so far this year. A total of 32,898 new cars were put into circulation between January and June, compared to 25,665 registrations during the same period in 2019.
Registrations were also higher than the previous two years – with 24,862 new cars in the same period in 2021 and 13,380 in 2020. Car dealers told TOI there was a waiting period of two to six months for several car models in demand.
Across all districts in Maharashtra, the number of new cars on the roads between January and June this year was 38% higher than in 2019. In contrast, bicycle registrations in the city were 16% lower. There were 72,495 new two-wheeler registrations between January 1 and June 30 this year compared to 86,399 during the same period in 2019. The number of new bikes this year, however, was 34% more than the same period in 2021 and 77% more. than in 2020. Experts have said that with huge growth over the past two years, bicycle registrations could reach pre-Covid levels by early 2023.
Transport expert Vivek Pai said, “People are still buying private cars/SUVs and bicycles because public transport does not cover every nook and cranny of the city. There are new residential areas in the suburbs which are not properly connected to transport by trains or even autorickshaws. These settlement residents depend on two-wheelers or personal cars for daily travel.
He said that commuter trains cover north-south corridors and therefore if the metro offers last mile connectivity to other areas that are not close to stations, it could deter people from bringing cars and bicycles on the roads in the near future.
The maximum number of car registrations over the past six months was recorded in the island town (8,988) between Colaba-Cuffe Parade and Sion. The maximum number of two-wheeler registrations is in the eastern suburbs (20,378).