Mahindra Scorpio-N, Toyota Fortuner Sold For 95% On Diesel, as a new month starts, car makers start publishing their sales figures from the previous month. The Christmas season is the most important one of the year and this means that a lot of people are buying new petrol or diesel cars. Sales figures show that some people are switching to what they consider as greener fuels while others keep purchasing petrol cars.
It’s no secret that in recent times, people have been trending away from diesel-powered cars. However, not every segment is experiencing decreasing demand for the diesel-powered car. There are segments where overall sales of the diesel-powered variants of hatchbacks and sedans still outshine the petrol variants by a large margin – such as SUVs and MUVs.
Starting with rugged SUVs and MUVs, 100% of sales for models like the Mahindra Bolero, Scorpio-N, and the Mahindra Alturas G4 come from diesel variants. However, for ladder frame-based vehicles such as the Toyota Fortuner, Innova, and MG Gloster, which are available in both petrol and diesel engine options, more than 95% of their sales are of diesel variants.
When you need a mid-size SUV with a diesel engine, you’ll want one of the models in this list. The Tata Harrier, Tata Safari, Jeep Meridian and Citron C5 AirCorce all remain 100% diesel-powered while other SUVs such as Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Alcazar, Mahindra XUV700 and Jeep Compass showcase high demand for diesel versions. The MG Hector is an exception in that it’s not available with a diesel automatic option, but only the Monocoque SUVs Kia Carnival and Mahindra Marazzo are exclusively available with diesel engines.
Among small, medium-sized and compact SUVs, which are available in both gas and diesel variants, demand for their diesel versions was low. For examples: Kia Seltos (43%), Kia Surento (45%), Hyundai Venue (22%). Tata Nexon (16%) and Honda WR-V (11%). However, Hyundai Creta (55%) and Mahindra XUV300 (51%) were exceptions here, with high demands for their diesel variants.
In sedans, Honda City and Honda Amaze currently account for 6% of sales from diesel variants. The Hyundai Verna, which only offers one diesel variant, accounted for 41% of sales. Even the i20 hatchback and Altroz hatchback, which only offer one diesel variant each, are accounted for 11% of sales.