Car sales analysis: 2023 model-wise petrol & diesel car sales stats

Mahindra Scorpio is the best-selling diesel vehicle in India, followed by Mahindra Bolero and Hyundai Creta.

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2023 (Jan-Oct) Model-wise diesel-mix-trend

  • Despite more stringent BS6-RDE emission standards, diesel vehicles contribute a consistent 17.4% of total passenger vehicle sales in India.
  • Mahindra Scorpio (D-93,025) is the best-selling diesel vehicle in India, followed by Mahindra Bolero (D-90,991) and Hyundai Creta (D-50,444).
  • Despite the availability of petrol engines, 97% and 95% of sales come from diesel engines for the Toyota Fortuner and Mahindra Scorpio, respectively.
  • Mahindra commands a 50% market share of diesel vehicles, followed by Hyundai and Kia’s combined share at 28%.
  • Tata and Toyota each have a 10% share of diesel vehicle sales.
  • Jeep has a meagre 0.9% share of the diesel market; however, their diesel engines command an 8% share of the diesel market as they do duty on the MG Hector, Tata Safari, and Tata Harrier, whose numbers are going to rise due to facelifts in the coming months. Thatโ€™s the advantage of the compete-and-collaborate strategy.
  • In the BS6-RDE emission phase, the Tata Altroz (1% diesel market share) is the only hatchback with a diesel engine, and there are no diesel sedans.

SUV: ladder-frame chassis

SUV: monocoque chassis

*Jeep Compass petrol has been discontinued since March 2023.



2023: Diesel engines discontinued in the BS6-RDE emission norm phase

*Kia Carnival has been discontinued since March 2023.

Here’s what BHPian Shreyans_Jain had to say on the matter:

Whatever these petrol sales are, I am willing to bet that they are almost exclusively from Delhi NCR. The fact is that had it not been for policy issues, arbitrary bans and random NGT restrictions, nobody would have bothered with petrol.

Here’s what BHPian avira_tk had to say on the matter:

Absolutely, this new NA petrol is a headache on highways, struggling to pick up the speed of overtaking. It’s quite a reversal to see old diesel zooming off while new petrol cars gasp along and barely able to cruise at the speed limit. Left to itself, diesel is unmatched, petrol engines are always rated for high horsepower only if you put in premium fuel, otherwise, they’re mediocre at best. Looks like forcing an end to diesel just to enable higher tax collections will leave us with dreadful petrol, no mileage, power or torque. Diesel owners will be the ones to move to EVs once the range and charging infra is better, petrols are a waste of time and money.

Here’s what BHPian bijims had to say on the matter:

Despite having very good petrol engines in their lineup, Kia has a significant proportion of its sales from Diesel, the same goes for the Alcazar and Creta in the Hyundai Lineup.

However, in the case of Mahindra, Diesel is basically what sells for them, with 72% of the XUV700 sales coming from diesel, to add to that in the SUVs (Ladder on Frame chassis) it’s all diesel, and I don’t see petrol coming up in a major way there, the Scorpio, the Thar and the Fortuner for Toyota all have almost all of their sales coming from Diesel.

Goes to show that if you have competitive diesel models in your portfolio, they will definitely sell well.

As for the hatchback and sedan segment, diesels are well and truly out of the picture, with the Altroz, the only hatchback available with diesel, and no sedans whatsoever with diesel engines, the only way to get a sedan with a diesel engine is to go the second-hand route or in the luxury segment.

However, with SUVs dominating the market and with Kia, Hyundai, Mahindra, and Tata still committed to diesel in this segment, we won’t see the end of diesel cars anytime soon, unless something drastic happens.

Here’s what BHPian speedracer05 had to say on the matter:

I have a Honda City (best petrol NA) and an Octavia TDI at home. On paper, the Honda City has a lot better power-to-weight ratio (~110 bhp/ton) compared to the Octavia TDI (~100 bhp/ton), but on the highway, the Octavia feels effortless to drive, while the Honda City lacks mid-range grunt and has to be revved hard to make quick manoeuvres.

At cruising speeds (say ~2k rpm), Octavia TDI might be making ~80bhp while City’s NA would be making less than 50bhp (These numbers are approx values, you check their power torque graphs for exact figures). In essence, Octavia TDI has a lot more usable power in real-world driving conditions.

Petrol NA’s are great if the engines are big enough, but smaller NA’s are a pain to drive on the highways.

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