With the start of a new month, automakers have started publishing their sales figures for the previous month, which was the most popular month of the year due to the festive season. With sales figures made public, the gap between car buyers buying petrol and diesel cars is becoming clearer, and in some cases even wider.
While in recent times according to people there has been more shift towards petrol powered cars. TBHP Sales analysis, there are some segments which are still selling more diesel vehicles. People are buying more petrol-powered variants of hatchbacks and sedans, while the SUVs and MUVs category is still heavily favored by diesel-powered variants.
Starting with frame-rigged SUVs and MUVs on the ladder, 100 percent of the sales of models like the Mahindra Bolero, Mahindra Alturas G4 and MG Gloster come from the diesel variant, as they are the only diesel models. However, for sedans like the Toyota Fortuner, Toyota Innova and Mahindra Scorpio-N, which are available with both petrol and diesel engine options, more than 95% of their sales come from the diesel variant.
Diesel model only
Coming to monocoque frame based midsize SUVs, diesel only models like Tata Harrier, Tata Safari, Jeep Meridian and Citroen C5 Aircorss are 100 per cent diesel dependent. However, even for other SUVs, demand for the diesel variants remained high, with some of the Hyundai Tucson (72%), Hyundai Alcazar (73%), Mahindra XUV700 (66%) and Jeep Compass (57 %) are The MG Hector (36%) was an exception, though, as it is not available with the option of a diesel automatic, unlike others in the segment. Monocoque SUVs like the Kia Carnival and Mahindra Marazzo, which are diesel-only models, accounted for 100 percent of their sales from the diesel variants.
For small midsize and compact SUVs, which are available in both petrol and diesel versions, demand for their diesel variants remained low, such as Kia Seltos (43%), Kia Sonet (45%), Hyundai Venue (22%), Tata Nexon (16%) and Honda WR-V (11%). However, Hyundai Creta (55%) and Mahindra XUV300 (51%) remained the exceptions here, facing high demand for their diesel variants.
In sedans, while Honda City and Honda Amaze got 6 percent of their sales from diesel variants, Hyundai Verna saw 41 percent of its sales come from diesel variants. Even for the Hyundai i20 and Tata Altroz, the only two hatchbacks available with a diesel variant option, sales of the diesel variant stood at 11 per cent each.