Auto makers and white goods manufacturers on Thursday adopted a ‘wait and watch’ stance on effecting an expected hike in prices in the wake of withdrawal of excise duty concessions, even as major car makers Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Toyota reported robust sales in December.The excise duty concessions given in the interim Budget by the outgoing UPA government in February last and extended by the new Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by six months, ceased to be in force from today.Top government sources said the withdrawal of the lower excise duty on automobiles and consumer durables, including TV and refrigerator, was inevitable in view of the fact that the government had to look at raising revenue and bridging the fiscal deficit targeted at 4.1 per cent of GDP.The decision not to extend the concession could mean an income of about Rs 1,000 crore in the remaining three months of the financial year. There was no clarity on whether a notification was necessary but government sources said the concessions were given for a specific time and would automatically cease if they were not extended.On their part, the auto makers said they were waiting for some time because of lack of clarity on the issue and would decide on hiking vehicle prices soon. In fact, the manufacturers had talked of a hike even before the government had indicated a few days ago that the duty concessions would not be extended.None of the car makers, including market leader Maruti, Hyundai, Toyota and Mahindra & Mahindra, announced any change in prices.”We will study the market reaction and announce the price revision of our products accordingly,” Toyota Kirloskar Motor Senior Vice President (Sales and Marketing) N Raja said.

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Delhi: Auto companies, white goods makers in wait and watch mode on prices