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Fuel Split Sales – Passenger Vehicles

In recent years the trend has dramatically shifted from Diesel Cars to Petrol Cars. Reduction in Parity between Petrol & Diesel prices, Lower Cost of a Petrol Car, Easier/Cost Effective Maintenance of Petrol Cars were the primary reasons of the shift. As of today, Petrol Cars contribute >60% of overall Cars Sales. The scenario was way different a few years back where the demand for diesel cars had shot to the roof and the OEMs had to invest heavily in manufacturing of diesel engines. With the government’s proposal of shifting to BS-6 by 2020; it’ll be interesting to see how diesel cars evolve to the challenge. Also due to a lot of policy changes like NGT’s ban on Diesel vehicles over 10 yrs in Delhi-NCR has made the consumers confused to whether to purchase a Diesel Car or not. However, due to the popularity of Compact SUVs, SUVs & MUVs – Diesel Cars are holding the fort and still contribute to ~40% of overall cars sales. Let’s look at the ‘Diesel’ only cars on sale in India right now (which are primarily UVs!) –

  1. Ford Endeavour

  2. Mahindra’s majority portfolio (Verito/Vibe, Bolero, Nuvosport, Rexton, Xylo, Scorpio, TUV 300 & XUV 500). Only recently M&M launched the Petrol variant of the XUV500

  3. Maruti’s Vitara Brezza & Nexa S Cross

  4. Renault Lodgy

  5. Skoda Kodiaq

  6. Tata Sumo, Safari & Hexa

  7. VW Tiguan

That’s why the Petrol / Diesel share hasn’t changed much in this year when compared to the same period last year –

While Petrol cars contribution is on the higher side, OEMs such as Toyota, Mahindra, Ford & Skoda have majority contribution from Diesel vehicles in the portfolio. M&M’s dependency on diesel variants remains the highest at 96%!!! No wonder the Indian OEM is concentrating heavily to launch newer electric vehicles & gain the first movers advantage. We have consolidated model wise sales of all brands and bifurcated Petrol/Diesel variant sales for clarity. We have been receiving a lot of requests from our readers on the data and are happy to present the same in this post –

Also note that – While we discuss about the share in Petrol / Diesel cars now; there is going to be a dramatic shift in infusion of Electric Vehicles. All OEMs have aggressive plans to bring Electric Cars depending on the push from Government and supporting policies.


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