Vehicle loans outstanding increased by 22% in May
Total vehicle loan outstanding climbed from Rs 3.65 lakh crore in May 2021 to Rs 4.16 lakh crore in May 2022, and further to Rs 5.09 lakh crore as of May 19, 2023
New Delhi Vehicle loans outstanding increased by 22 per cent year-on-year to Rs 5.09 lakh crore in May, notwithstanding the Reserve Bank's rate hike spree in 2022-23.
As per the latest RBI data, the total vehicle loan outstanding climbed from Rs 3.65 lakh crore in May 2021 to Rs 4.16 lakh crore in May 2022, and further to Rs 5.09 lakh crore as of May 19, 2023. The annual rise in loan outstanding was only 14 per cent in May 2022. The RBI started raising the interest rate in May last year to check inflation in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war and cumulatively increased the repo rate (benchmark interest rate) by 250 basis points in six tranches before pressing the pause button at the beginning of the current fiscal.
The retail sales data collected by the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) also reflects rising sales of vehicles across various categories in June. According to FADA, the auto retail sales in June demonstrated a 10 per cent year-on-year growth, encompassing positive performances across various vehicle categories, including 2-wheelers, 3-wheelers, passenger vehicles, tractors and commercial vehicles. Rohan Kanwar Gupta, Vice President and Sector Head - Corporate Ratings, Icra Limited said the demand for passenger vehicles has remained strong, aiding a healthy growth in industry volumes. Even as the demand remains healthy, there has been a material rise in the cost of ownership, led by the increase in vehicle prices as well as financing cost (a result of an increase in the repo rate), he added.