India's passenger car sales rose 2.9 percent in March to a record as new models from Suzuki Motor Corp. and Tata Motors Ltd. spurred demand from the nation's growing middle class.
Car sales in March totaled 114,195 compared with 110,978 a year earlier, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers said in a statement in New Delhi today. Sales in the fiscal year ended March 31 rose by 22 percent to a record 1.076 million, it said.
Economic growth is spurring demand in a nation where only seven in 1,000 people own a car. The prospect of sales tripling to 3 million units annually by 2015 has attracted Renault SA, Nissan Motor Co. and other carmakers to set up their first factories in Asia's fourth-biggest automotive market.
The growth should continue going forward, due to people's aspirations and rising incomes, which has improved affordability,'' said Sanjay Sinha, who manages the equivalent of $3.6 billion in stocks at SBI Funds Management Ltd. in Mumbai.