The market for two-wheelers in India, which is reportedly the world's second-largest, saw a growth of 5.4 percent in the nine-month period ending December 2013, in a year that has attained notoriety in the country's automobile sector as its worst in more than a decade.
According to data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, or SIAM, which is co-organizing the ongoing New Delhi Auto Expo 2014 in the nation's capital, sales of scooters jumped nearly 20 percent in the April through December period in 2013 compared to the same period a year ago. The motorcycle segment grew at a more staid rate of 2.48 percent but still compared favorably to the nearly 6 percent drop in sales of passenger vehicles in the same period.
The trend has been driven by discouraged Indian consumers coping with rising fuel prices, tighter credit and worsening traffic conditions across the country. However, the long-term promise of an upwardly mobile market is evident in the range of products on display at the auto show, as seen in this slideshow.