Celerio diesel sales down, major chunk of the Baleno hatchbacks sold in India are petrol powered due to the recent shift in demand.

Maruti Petrol vs Diesel Sales
There is a drastic shift of demand towards petrol cars in India

The popularity of diesel powered vehicles is declining in India, specially in the last six months. The sales data of Maruti Suzuki from April 2016 to September 2016 clearly shows maximum contribution of petrol cars. 69% cars sold in the last six months from Maruti were petrol while the diesel cars data was quite surprising for some cars.

The Celerio diesel sales have sharply declined in the recent times. The automaker sold 40,413 units of Celerio petrol as compared to a mere 2618 units of the Celerio diesel in six months, which means only 436 units on an average per month. Even the Baleno petrol contributes 80% of its sales.

The Ritz, DZire, Ciaz and Ertiga are the ones having more demand for diesels due to their popularity in taxi fleet and the SHVS technology that makes the Ciaz and Ertiga more sensible to buy in their diesel versions. The massive shift in demand towards petrol is due to the small difference between fuel prices and the infamous Delhi diesel ban.

Taking advantage of this shift in demand, Maruti is about to introduce the Baleno RS powered by a new 1.0-litre BoosterJet engine. The Indo-Japanese automaker is also considering to launch mild hybrid SHVS technology with their petrol engine as well to get tax benefits and better fuel efficiency.

Celerio Diesel Sales

– Six months sales data of Maruti cars show more demand for petrol
– The Maruti Celerio has saw steep decline in demand for its diesel version
– The Baleno petrol contributes to 80 percent of its sales
– Maruti plans to introduce petrol SHVS engines in the near future

2015 Maruti Baleno Sales
Majority of Balenos sold in India are petrol powered currently