While the Maruti Suzuki DZire saw a more or less equitable distribution of demand between petrol and diesel variants, the Honda Amaze petrol variants scored significantly over its diesel engine counterpart.
Spanning the period from April 2018 to March 2019, it was found that 4,38,000 vehicles were sold in the compact sedan segment. Out of these, the distribution of petrol to diesel variants stood at 59:41 with a total of 2,57,714 petrol vehicles sold as against 1,80,286 diesel variants.
Maruti Suzuki DZire was at the top of the list of best selling compact sedans. During the period in question, there were a total of 2,53,859 units sold. In fact, the DZire commanded more than half of the sales in this segment.
Of these, 1,35,071 units were petrol variants sold and 1,18,788 units were diesel variants. This was due to the fact that the Maruti Suzuki DZire has found favor among taxi aggregators in the country.
Honda Amaze, which got off to a good start initially after launch, has seen sales figure dwindle in the past few months. Total sales in the April 2018 to March 2019 period stood at 85,040 units out of which petrol variants were clearly more in demand. 61,014 units of petrol variants were sold as against 24,026 diesel variants.
It was also in the case of the Hyundai Xcent that the demand for petrol variants far exceeded that of its diesel engine counterparts. A total of 25,893 petrol variants were sold as compared to 12,089 diesel variants. It is also the Hyundai Xcent that is preferred by cab operators in the country
Tata Tigor sales stood at 25,455 units with an 85:15 distribution between petrol and diesel variants. Petrol variant sales stood at 21,643 units as compared to 3,812 diesel variants sold. The new Tata Tigor with new automatic transmission has been launched with prices starting from Rs.6.39 lakhs for the Tigor XMA and at Rs.7.2 lakhs for the XZA+. Tigor EV is also launched earlier this month fromRs.9.99 lakhs and directed towards fleet operators in the country.
There was an equitable distribution of sales between petrol and diesel variants for the Ford Aspire of which 15,440 units were sold while there were more diesel variants in demand for the Tata Zest with a total of 11,156 units sold. Petrol variant sales stood at 1,341 units as against 9,815 units of diesel variants sold during the period.
Volkswagen Ameo sales were also more or less equally divided between petrol and diesel variants and out of the 9,068 units sold, 5,274 units were petrol variants and the balance 3,794 units were diesel engine options.