• Dealer viability & policy issues continues to remain the two most critical asks of Auto Dealers across all segments of the Industry
  • Kia in 4W Mass, Volvo in 4W Luxury, HMSI in 2-Wheeler and VECV in Commercial Vehicles hold Pole positions

New Delhi, Friday, 9th September 2022: Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), the apex national body of Automobile Retail in India today announced the outcome of Dealer Satisfaction Study 2022 results which was undertaken in association with PremonAsia, a consumer-insight led consulting & advisory firm based out of Singapore.

Commenting on the release of the study, FADA President, Mr. Manish Raj Singhania said, FADA’s Dealer Satisfaction Study 2022 continues to examine the health of the relationship between Auto Dealers and their OEM’s post the covid era. The overall improvements seen across all value chains demonstrate the significance of conducting this annual study in identifying & addressing relevant issues that are critical to strengthen the partnership between the two stakeholders. While we welcome the efforts shown by OEMs in improving key issues related to sales, delivery & after-sales, Dealers continue to expect higher transparency in matters related to Dealership viability and a fair & balanced business policy.

FADA Vice President & Chairman DSS-22, Mr C S Vigneshwar said, I am ecstatic to say that FADA’s DSS’22 continued to get more then 2,000 responses. This shows the trust which the Dealers have on this study in terms of raising their concerns which can then be addressed by their OEMs in a logical manner. 

While product reliability and durability coupled with efficient training programmes for sales and service teams remained the strengths cutting across all segments, involvement of Dealer’s in OEM’s policy making and openness to direct inputs along with overall dealership viability remained the biggest areas to be worked upon.

PremonAsia Founder and CEO, Mr Rajeev Lochan said, As post-COVID business normalization sets in, Dealers are showing a shift in expectations with aspects related to sales & delivery and after-sales (particularly warranty issues) assuming greater importance than 2021. While the improvements made by OEMs in these factors is encouraging, the expectations on Dealer’s business viability and the role of regional sales & service teams in representing Dealer’s voice back to the head office will be vital in the foreseeable future.

Three winners from last year have maintained their leadership positions in their respective segments. While their performance is commendable, some of the most improved OEM’s also deserve a mention.

  • Hyundai Motors India improved its performance by 119 points to end at number 2 in the 4-Wheeler Passenger Mass segment.
  • Royal Enfield jumped several notches to bag the third spot in the 2-Wheeler Mass market segment, improving by 151 points over its last year’s performance.
  • All the players in the CV segment have improved and VECV while maintaining its top slot has improved by 163 points over its last year performance, the highest by an individual OEM across industry.

At the Overall Industry Level, Product is the highest scoring factor across all categories except for the 4-Wheeler Luxury segment, where it comes a close second. This demonstrates the fact that the industry is expected to bring in world class products as per new age consumer demand.

At an Industry Average Dealer Satisfaction score of 719, there is an improvement of 62 points from the last year study. All segments of the industry show an improvement over last year with the 4-Wheeler Luxury segment improving by 147 points followed by the CV segment by 112 points.

In 4-Wheeler Mass Market Segment, the study reveals that the sharing of training costs with the OEM’s is an area of concern along with the involvement of dealers in policy making. The dealers are happy with product reliability and the range to offer to the customers.

In 4-Wheeler Luxury Segment, Dealers have raised their concern with respect to parts delivery & Turnaround time (TAT) as well as OEMs ability to meet the orders for vehicles as per specifications and requirements. The study also found that Dealers were satisfied with the relevance of existing sales process, product range offered to customers and OEM’s extended warranty process.

In 2-Wheeler Segment, OEMs buyback / deadstock policy and margins on sales is a concern area and needs to be attended to as it impacts Dealer viability directly. Dealers are satisfied with the product reliability and range and the effectiveness of the training provided to the customer facing teams.

In the CV Segment, dealers are concerned about ensuring viability and dealing with deadstock & inventory buyback by the OEM. Product dependability, reliability and range are areas of strength according to dealers. This is particularly important considering the shift to BS VI vehicles in the recent past.

About FADA India

Founded in 1964, Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), is the apex national body of automobile retail industry in India engaged in the sale, service and spares of 2/3 Wheelers, Passenger Cars, UVs, Commercial Vehicles (including buses and trucks) and Tractors. FADA India represents over 15,000 automobile dealers having 26,500 dealerships including multiple Associations of Automobile Dealers at the Regional, State and City levels representing the entire Auto Retail Industry. Together we employ ~4 million people at dealerships and service centres.

FADA India, at the same time also actively networks with the industries and the authorities, both at the Central & State levels to provide its inputs and suggestions on the Auto Policy, Taxation, Vehicle Registration Procedure, Road Safety and Clean Environment, etc. to sustain the growth of the Automobile Retail Trade in India.

About PremonAsia

PremonAsia is a consumer-insight based consulting firm with offices in Singapore and India. PremonAsia commenced its business in 2009, offering its services to clients in Southeast Asia, India & Middle East. The core of PremonAsia lies in insight-based strategy consulting. Right from our inception, we have adopted an industry (sector) focused business consulting approach. This philosophy lends itself well to develop deeper knowledge-based engagement with our clients. Automotive industry and related sub-sectors are an area of strong focus. This is one of the rapidly evolving sectors in India and Asia. Our experience and expertise cuts across all sub-segments of this industry that includes two-wheelers/ three-wheelers/ cars/ SUVs/ commercial vehicles (trucks & buses)/ farm equipment machines/ construction equipment machines.

4-Wheeler Mass Segment Rankings

Source: FADA Dealer Satisfaction Study 2022 in association with PremonAsia

4-Wheeler Luxury Segment Rankings

Source: FADA Dealer Satisfaction Study 2022 in association with PremonAsia

2- Wheeler Market Segment

Source: FADA Dealer Satisfaction Study 2022 in association with PremonAsia

Commercial Vehicles Segment

Source: FADA Dealer Satisfaction Study 2022 in association with PremonAsia

About Dealer Satisfaction Study 2022 (DSS’22)

DSS’22 (the study) was conducted using a self-administered web-based questionnaire, wherein, the link for the survey were sent to all Auto Dealers (Members as well as Non-Members) across all OEMs. The questionnaire was created in consultation with FAD Executive Committee who gave their inputs for each segment of the Automotive Industry. The Dealers were then invited to access the survey and fill in their responses. The study link was open between July and August and more than 2000 dealers responded to the survey. Dealer Principals participated from all regions of the country, ensuring a well spread geographic coverage for the study. The data was cleaned, and 1905 valid responses were analyzed after checking for validity and completeness.

Regression technique was used to ascertain the importance of attributes and factors. Using a combination of derived importance and satisfaction ratings provided by the participating dealers, the data was indexed to 1000 points. Higher the Index, greater the Satisfaction.

Note:

  1. Rankings are based on an index score derived statistically using the ratings provided by responding Dealers
  2. The sampling for luxury brands has been done as a proportion of their population given the limited universe.
  3. There are a few more OEMs covered in the study who haven’t been shown in the above chart due to insufficient sample

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