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Bajaj beats Hero to become India’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer

The maker of Pulsar and Chetak sells more vehicles outside of India than in India.

June 03, 2020 / 11:15 PM IST

Covid-19 has brought about the biggest upset in the leaderboard of two-wheeler vehicle segment in India. Bajaj Auto has gone past Hero MotoCorp to become India’s largest two-wheeler maker in May.

Pune-based Bajaj Auto clocked total sales of 112,798 units in the domestic and export markets in May. In comparison Hero MotoCorp sold 112,682 units during the same month in both the markets. In April too Bajaj had beaten Hero but in that month only the export market was open while domestic market was completely shut.

For the sixth consecutive month, Bajaj’s two-wheelers exports were higher than its two-wheeler sales within India in May. The maker of Pulsar and Chetak sells more vehicles outside of India than in India. Unlike Hero which manufactures motorcycles and scooters, Bajaj Auto's sales, at present are primarily driven by motorcycles. It has only recently launched Bajaj e-Chetak.

Bajaj's push for exports is what has helped dethrone Hero MotoCorp from the top spot since 65 percent of its May two-wheeler volumes came from exports, as per a company disclosure. Bajaj’s domestic sales were at 39,286 units during the reporting month.