New motor car registrations were down 58.86 per cent to 1,661 in December last year from 4,038 a year earlier while three wheeler registrations dropped 35.1 per cent to 7,802 units from 12,182, motor cycles down 42.69 per cent to 12,150 from 21,201 and lorries dropped 51.98 per cent to 495 from 1,031 during the same period.
New registrations of Maruti and Suzuki, makes which mostly sell small cars were down 64 per cent in December to 267. Luxury BMW sales rose 161 per cent to 55 units.
BMWs are believed to be imported on tax-slashed permits given to senior government servants. There is an active secondary market in these permits, motor traders said.