Auto Industry in India
Essay title: Auto Industry in India
The companies with focus on small cars struggled to maintain margins in FY07, despite robust sales growth, an indication of intensifying competition in the industry. In such a scenario, Maruti, Hyundai were able to minimize the margin contraction, through better control on raw material cost. M&M and Honda reported an improvement in margins, driven by sales of higher margin products, partially helped lack of strong competition in their respective product segments.
M&M and Honda also reported the highest improvement in ROCE, attributed to growth in their sales and margins. However, given a increase in capex requirements, we expect these companies to report lower ROCE in near future.
The Indian passenger vehicle market is expected to reach 2 mn units p.a by 2010. In anticipation of this demand, auto majors in the industry are on track for expansion of their capacities. Hyundai is expected to double the capacity