FY19 saw a total of 8,968 premium sedans sold in the country. These included the Toyota Corolla, Skoda Octavia, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra. It was noted that petrol variants were more in demand with a total of 6,767 units sold as against 2,201 units of diesel variants resulting in a percentage share of 75:25.
Toyota Corolla topped the list of best selling premium sedans in the country during the period April 2018 to March 2019. A total of 2,783 units were sold during this period out of which the share of petrol variants far exceeded that of its diesel engine counterparts. This percentage stood at 84:16 percent with 2,329 petrol variants sold as against 454 diesel variants.
Skoda Octavia sales which stood at 2,720 units during the same period, saw a total of 1,728 petrol variants sold as against 992 units of diesel variants. Skoda Octavia, launched in India in 2013, received a facelift in 2017 and is soon set to get the new 2020 Skoda Octavia which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show to be held in September 2019.
Honda Civic, launched in March 2019, registered sales of 2,291 units in the first month itself. It saw 88 percent buyers showing preference to petrol variants with a total of 2,006 petrol variants sold as against 12 percent or 285 units of diesel variants. The Honda Civic comes equipped with a 1.8 liter petrol engine offering 141PS and a 1.6 liter diesel engine that makes 120PS.
Out of a total of 1,174 units of Hyundai Elantra premium sedan sold in India during FY19, it was once again found that the petrol variants scored over their diesel engine counterparts in a 60:40 ratio. 704 petrol variants of the Hyundai Elantra were sold during the period along with 470 units of diesel variants. The Hyundai Elantra was launched in 1991. It entered its 6th generation in 2017 and received some major updates for 2019 with added safety and connectivity technologies along with a new exterior styling.
Prime reasons for this added preference to petrol variants over diesel offering are due to the fact that petrol variants are not only priced more affordably but also due to the narrowing price difference between these two fuels. With new BS VI emission norms coming into effect, this difference will only increase as the price disparity between petrol offerings and diesel variants is set to widen.