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India car sales dip in February as coronavirus disrupts China supply chain

Deepening economic slowdown also damps vehicle demand

Workers assemble a Tata Tiago car inside the Tata Motors car plant in Ahmedabad, India.   © Reuters

MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Passenger vehicle sales in India declined in February amid a deepening economic slowdown. The new coronavirus outbreak in China that disrupted supply chains also caused automakers to lower production of certain models.

Sales of passenger vehicles fell 7.6% to 251,516 units last month, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, or SIAM, said in a statement on Friday. Cars witnessed an 8.8% decline to 156,285 units, while sales of sport-utility vehicles remained almost unchanged from last year. SIAM's automobile sales are counted as factory dispatches, not retail sales.

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