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Maruti Suzuki Petrol and CNG Cars Sales Analysis for FY2021

Updated: May 21

Maruti Suzuki India sold 12,93,840 Passenger Vehicles in India for FY2021 and the volumes dropped 8.5 percent when compared to 14,14,346 units sold in FY2020. The Petrol models' contribution spiked from 75 percent in FY2020 to 89 percent in FY2021. With the ousting of the diesel portfolio in FY2021; Maruti CNG car sales rose to an all-time highest volumes of 1,48,211 units and contributed over 11 percent of Maruti's sales in FY2021!

Petrol and CNG Modelwise Cars Sales for Maruti in FY2021 vs FY2020 -

  • Swift was Maruti's and India's best-selling car for FY2021. Do note that Swift achieved the feat with just 1 engine option (Petrol)!

  • Baleno wasn't much impacted by the lack of diesel engine options and emerged as Maruti's second best-selling car for FY2021.

  • Maruti Suzuki Wagon R S-CNG contributed to over 35% of the CNG cars sold in India for FY2021. Among the 1,71,288 CNG cars sold; Wagon R sales were 60,222 units last FY and it emerged as India’s No.1 selling CNG model. Wagon R CNG sales jumped 58 percent from 38,347 units in FY2020!

  • Maruti has one of the most comprehensive CNG model portfolios in India right now and 7 models have a CNG bi-fuel option out of its 14 models in the sale! Alto, Dzire, Eeco, Ertiga, SPresso, and Celerio are the other models available in S-CNG.

  • Brezza's shift to Petrol was largely successful and it was able to compete with the likes of Venue, Sonet, Nexon, etc which have multiple engine and transmission options.

  • Ertiga which was largely dependent on Diesel in FY2020; was able to garner good sales from the CNG portfolio in FY2021.

  • Ignis, XL6, S-Cross and Ciaz (coincidentally all Nexa models) were available in Petrol only options and managed well in FY2021 - The only exception being Ciaz which lost almost 45 percent volumes YoY due to the discontinuation of diesel.

Petrol and CNG Modelwise Contribution for Maruti in FY2021 vs FY2020 -

  • Models which had heavy dependence in FY2020 were - S Cross, Brezza, Ertiga and Dzire. Maruti in combined had 18% of the sales coming from the diesel variants in FY2020. The numbers dropped to Zero in FY2021 with the discontinuation of the Diesel portfolio.

  • While only 7 percent of Maruti's volumes came from CNG models in FY2020; the contribution shot up to over 11 percent in FY2021.

  • As per Maruti Suzuki exiting the diesel engine space hasn’t hugely impacted sales. The OEM sees a shift happening from diesel to both petrol and CNG. Reasons include the reducing gap in the price of diesel and petrol fuel, and after BS-VI implementation the sticker price of diesel models have increased.

As Maruti has a larger chunk of hatchback cars in its portfolio; the discontinuation of diesel model sales hasn’t impacted it much. However; as Maruti aspires to go stronger in other segments it cannot risk keeping the diesel out of its portfolio. Maruti in the meanwhile has upped its game in CNG and is getting significant sales otherwise. What is notable that Maruti is still non-existent in the EV segment. It was anticipated that Maruti shall enter the segment with Wagon R EV, but it has chosen to stay away from the segment as of now. Is it due to inadequate range and technology concerns?