Bihar buys 1800 cars, 9100 bikes on Dhanteras

PATNA: Biharis went for big buys in a really big way on Monday, snapping up over 1765 cars and 9100 bikes across the state. Car major Maruti Suzuki took the lead selling 750 cars, while Tata Motors and Mahindra Motors sold 350 and 500 cars respectively.

While Maruti sold 400 cars in the state capital, the remaining 350 were sold in the rest of Bihar. The average price of these cars came to around Rs 3.5 lakh. During Dhanteras last year, the company had sold around 650 cars.

The average price of 350 cars sold by Tata Motors came around Rs 4.5 lakh. Last year, the company had sold only 250 cars. Mahindra Motors’ sales on Dhanteras last year was slightly lower than the 500 sold this year.

Expensive cars, too, sold briskly. Ford Motors sold over 80 cars which had an average price of Rs 14 lakh each. Last year, only around 50 cars were sold, said Ravi Verma, an official. Toyota Motors sold around 85 cars on Monday, with an average price tag of Rs 13 Lakh. Cars of other brands also sold in large numbers.

Bike sales also hit new records. Hero Motocorp (earlier Hero Honda) on Monday sold over 3500 bikes in Bihar, with an average cost of around Rs 45,000.

Through its 23 dealers, Bajaj sold over 3000 bikes on Monday. Its three dealers in Patna alone sold over 700 bikes. The average cost of a bike came around Rs 50,000, said its area manager, Ranjeet Kumar. Bajaj had sold only 2200 bikes in 2010.

TVS Motors also sold over 2000 bikes on Monday. The number of bikes sold last year on Dhanteras was almost equal. Yamaha sold 600 bikes through its 19 dealers in Bihar. Last year, only around 400 bikes were sold on Dhanteras, said Kaushal Kishore, area manager of Yamaha.


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