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Diesel Cars Sales Analysis in India - 2021

SUV/Crossovers have the highest diesel trims contribution in the Indian market. Over 40% of the SUV/Crossover sales came from the diesel variants in 2021. However; the rise in the small monocoque crossover products has increased petrol contribution in SUV/Crossover segment.

Diesel Sales contribution in SUV/Crossover body style -

  • Hyundai Creta is the best-selling diesel vehicle in India followed by Mahindra Bolero

  • Rarely do people buy petrol Toyota Fortuner and Innova!

  • Mahindra Thar’s refined petrol with automatic option is gaining huge popularity in urban areas despite low fuel efficiency – and so the petrol mix reached a surprisingly high level of 35% for this category of vehicle

  • The absence of diesel with an automatic transmission option on Hector limits its diesel mix potential

Diesel sales in sedan body style -

  • The unavailability of automatic diesel on Honda City limits its diesel mix potential

  • Sooner or later Hyundai has to discontinue the 1200cc diesel engine on Aura

Diesel sales in hatchback body style -

  • Diesel is nearly dead in the hatchback segment

  • Hyundai only can continue with 1.5L diesel due to high backend cost synergy

  • Altroz EV may bring diesel demand further down


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