We have been receiving multiple requests to share the Fuel-split Sales Statistics of cars. While we couldn’t compile for the entire industry, we are happy to present the same for Maruti Suzuki (which now contributes near to 50% of overall car sales in India). And yes, the results are surprising! Lets look at the statistics for September 2016 first:
In Sep’16, 67% of Maruti Suzuki sales was contributed from Petrol variants and remaining 33% from Diesel variants. Offlate, the Indian consumers have inclined towards Petrol models due to marginalizing price difference between the two fuels and the excess price to be paid for Diesel models. But, Sep’16 was an exception or the trend has caught up strong in the Indian market. The last 6 month sales numbers will put better light on the same:
The high Petrol sales for Maruti is also due to the Petrol-Only models in the portfolio (Alto, Wagon R, Gypsy, Omni & Eeco)
Apart from the Petrol-only models, these models have extremely high Petrol variants sale : Celerio (94% Petrol) and Baleno (80%)
The AMT variants also make a substantial contribution in Petrol models (we do not have any concrete statistics currently)
The petrol share is bound to increase with the launch of petrol variants on these models (Brezza, S-Cross)
We believe that the paradigm shift of consumers towards Petrol is going to stay and slowly Diesel cars are losing the competitive advantage.