GST Impact on automobile industry: All you need to know


India has finally implemented the simplified and singular taxation system called GST (Goods and Services Tax) which came into effect on 1st July 2017. It will replace multiple state and central taxes, 17 to be precise with a single tariff. With GST now implemented, the question arises that how it will make an impact on the Automobile industry. In general, the cars have become cheaper while hybrids are no longer comes under the tax benefit as they also have to bear the strain of GST. Let’s figure out how GST will impact car prices in India.

Categories Current Tax Rates* GST

Base   Cess   Total

Small cars (>1200cc): 34% Petrol,

35.5% Diesel









Mid-size cars (over 4m length or not greater than 1500cc) 44.5%-48.5% 28% 15% 43% -(1.5-5.5)
Luxury cars (Over 4m length or more than 1500cc) 44.5%-51.5% 28% 15% 43% – (1.5-8.5%)
SUVs (Over 4m length, 170mm ground clearance and greater than 1500cc) 47.5%-54.5% 28% 15% 43% – (4.5-11.5%)
Hybrids 30.3% 28% 15% 43% +13%


*Current Tax included: Excise (12%), VAT (12.5-14.5%), Infra Cess (1%), Octroi (4% in selected cities), 1% of green Cess (for above 2000cc cars).

Maruti Suzuki was one of the first to cut prices by up to three percent on most of their products. Toyota is also not far behind as it has slashed the prices up to Rs. 12.26 lakh with Fortuner getting up to Rs. 2.17 lakh price cut. The Implementation of GST has also caused the modification in prices of JLR series of cars; the brand has slashed the prices up to whopping Rs. 48 lakh.

Have a look at the list of cars affected by GST:-

Car GST Impact (In Delhi)
Maruti Suzuki Alto Affordable by Rs. 1000
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Affordable by Rs. 2000
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Affordable by Rs. 32,000
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Affordable by Rs. 3000
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Affordable by Rs. 26,000
Toyota Etios Affordable by up to Rs 40,000
Toyota Corolla Altis petrol Affordable by up to Rs. 1.24 lakh
Toyota Innova Crysta Affordable by up to Rs 1.37 lakh
Toyota Fortuner Affordable by up to Rs 2.68 lakh
Toyota Camry petrol Affordable by up to Rs 2.01 lakh
Jaguar XE Affordable by up to Rs 3.13 lakh
Jaguar XJ Affordable by up to Rs 5.11 lakh
Land Rover Discovery Sport Affordable by up to Rs 4.28 lakh
Land Rover Range Rover LWB Affordable by up to Rs 48 lakh
Audi A3 diesel Affordable by Rs 51,000
Audi A8L Affordable by Rs 95,000
Audi A6 diesel Affordable by Rs 84,000
Audi RS 6 Affordable by Rs 9.1 lakh

Ex-showroom Prices of almost all cars except Hybrid are likely to go down by decent margin. The drop is likely to vary in the range of 2.25 percent to 12 percent. The biggest advantage will go to SUVs and Luxury cars. Thanks to the rise in insurance from 15 to 18 percent changes in the actual prices for most could be very negligible. In the coming months, we might see a boost in sales of cars of the segments which have observed a price slash.