Diesel SUVs are higher in demand than petrol variants
At the start of a new month, automakers have begun to release sales figures for the previous month, which is the most popular month of the year due to the festive season. With public sales figures, the difference between car buyers buying petrol and diesel cars is becoming increasingly clear, while the gap is also widening in some cases.
While in recent times, people are switching to more gasoline-powered cars according to T-BHP sales analysis, there are several segments that are still enjoying high sales of diesel vehicles. People are buying more petrol-powered variants of hatchbacks and sedans, while SUVs and MUVs still favor diesel variants.
Starting with the rugged SUVs and MUVs, models like the Mahindra Bolero, Mahindra Alturas G4 and MG Gloster have 100% of their sales coming from the diesel variants, as they are the only car models. use diesel engine. However, for other ladder-frame vehicles such as the Toyota Fortuner, Toyota Innova and Mahindra Scorpio-N, available with both petrol and diesel engine options, more than 95% of their sales come from the dynamic versions. diesel engine.
Diesel engine only model
For midsize SUVs based on the monocoque, sales of diesel-only models such as the Tata Harrier, Tata Safari, Jeep Meridian and Citroen C5 Aircorss are still 100% diesel dependent. However, even for other SUV models, demand for diesel variants is still higher, including Hyundai Tucson (72%), Hyundai Alcazar (73%), Mahindra XUV700 (66%). ) and Jeep Compass (57%). However, the MG Hector (36%) is an exception, as it is not available with a diesel automatic option, unlike others in this segment. One-piece SUVs like the Kia Carnival and Mahindra Marazzo, which are diesel-only models, see 100% of their sales coming from diesel variants.
As for midsize and more compact SUVs, available in both petrol and diesel versions, demand for their diesel versions remains lower, such as the Kia Seltos (43%), the Kia Sonet (45 per cent) %), Hyundai Venue (22%), Tata Nexon (16%) and Honda WR-V (11%). However, the Hyundai Creta (55%) and Mahindra XUV300 (51%) remain the exceptions here, due to higher demand for their diesel variants.
Among sedans, while the Honda City and Honda Amaze got 6% of sales from diesel versions, the Hyundai Verna saw 41% of sales come from diesel versions. Even for the Hyundai i20 and Tata Altroz, the only two hatchbacks with a diesel variant option, sales from the diesel variants remained at 11% each.