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Auto Stocks Surge: Bajaj Auto, M&M, and Ashok Leyland Lead the Charge

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Bajaj Auto hit record highs. Driven by political stability and increased rural demand, key players in the auto sector show strong growth potential across two-wheelers, SUVs, and commercial vehicles.


Auto stocks are experiencing a significant rally, with TVS Motor Company, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), and Bajaj Auto hitting record highs. This surge is driven by optimism following the 2024 Lok Sabha election results, which confirmed the continuity of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. Analysts predict this political stability will lead to increased rural spending, favorable monsoon forecasts, and a boost in rural demand, benefiting the auto sector significantly.

Political Stability and Rural Demand

NDA Government’s Focus on Rural Spending

The new NDA government is expected to prioritize rural spending over capital expenditure, which analysts believe will uplift rural demand and, in turn, drive the auto sector, especially the two-wheeler market. Favorable monsoon rainfall further supports the potential recovery in the rural market, promising increased disposable income for rural consumers.

Impact on Two-Wheeler Market

Increased rural spending and favorable weather conditions are anticipated to boost demand for two-wheelers. This segment is particularly sensitive to rural market dynamics, as a significant portion of its sales comes from these areas. The anticipated rise in rural disposable income is expected to translate into higher sales for two-wheeler manufacturers.

Strong Sales Performance

May Sales Volume and Growth Trends

May’s automobile sales volume highlighted robust performance in the SUV segment and positive trends in the Commercial Vehicles (CVs) sector. Year-to-date (YTD) growth for two-wheelers and SUVs has been strong, driven by improved consumer sentiment, successful absorption of price hikes, new model launches, and a gradual revival of rural markets.

Two-Wheeler Exports and Challenges

Despite challenges like the Red Sea crisis, two-wheeler exports showed notable year-over-year (YoY) growth. The temporary slowdown in the two-wheeler sector during May was largely due to the nationwide Lok Sabha Elections 2024. However, analysts expect growth to rebound in June.

Passenger Vehicle (PV) and Commercial Vehicle (CV) Segments

The growth trajectory for SUVs in the Passenger Vehicle (PV) segment remains strong. On the Commercial Vehicle (CV) side, Ashok Leyland experienced overall growth, with Tata Motors also showing significant improvement. This growth is indicative of a broader recovery and increased consumer confidence in these segments.

Tractor Segment Trends

Mixed Performance

The tractor segment exhibited mixed trends. Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) reported mid-single digit growth, while Escorts Kubota and VST Tillers Tractors experienced declines. Despite this, both companies reported robust sequential growth, indicating a potential recovery in the coming months.

Analyst Perspectives

Positive Outlook on Auto Sector

Ashwin Patil, Senior Research Analyst at LKP Securities, maintains a positive yet cautious view on the auto sector. He favors two-wheelers, passenger vehicles (PVs), and commercial vehicles (CVs) in that order. Patil’s analysis suggests that specific stocks within these segments have strong growth potential based on various factors.

Bajaj Auto: Leading the Two-Wheeler Segment

Among two-wheelers, Bajaj Auto stands out due to its promising export market (36.7% of total volumes) and its strength in the electric vehicle (EV) segment with models like Chetak and the launch of e-three-wheelers. Domestically, new launches in the premium segment (Bajaj, KTM, Triumph) are expected to drive growth. Bajaj Auto’s market leadership in three-wheelers also supports its profitability.

Mahindra & Mahindra: Strength in SUV Segment

In the PV segment, M&M is favored for its strong position in the proliferating SUV market, prudent capital allocation, and robust growth strategy across utility vehicles (UVs), EVs, and CVs. However, for Maruti Suzuki India, concerns arise from its over-dependence on SUVs for growth, as other segments, particularly small cars, are underperforming.

Ashok Leyland: Diversified Revenue Base

Within the CV segment, Ashok Leyland is preferred due to its diversified revenue base, which includes light commercial vehicles (LCVs), defense, medium and heavy commercial vehicles (MHCVs), exports, and spares. Despite caution around the CV cycle, Ashok Leyland’s broad portfolio positions it well for future growth. Tata Motors is also seen favorably due to its strength in the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) segment and domestic EV market leadership, though uncertainties around JLR pose a risk.



The current surge in auto stocks reflects a broader optimism in the market, driven by political stability and favorable economic conditions. Key players like Bajaj Auto, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Ashok Leyland are well-positioned to capitalize on these trends, with strong performances across various segments. As rural demand and disposable income rise, and with favorable monsoon predictions, the auto sector is poised for continued growth. Analysts remain cautiously optimistic, emphasizing the importance of closely monitoring market dynamics and consumer trends to sustain this upward trajectory.

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