Hyundai Creta was the best-selling car in India in May 2020, surpassing even Maruti Alto, Baleno, and Brezza.
Hyundai Creta’s previous generation was the best-selling car in its segment, before its crown was snatched by its cousin, the Kia Seltos. The previous-gen Creta’s diesel variants used to rope in a majority of the sales. Now, however, buying trends are different as compared to a few years ago. Diesel cars are much less popular now, and some manufacturers have decided to discontinue them altogether, focusing solely on petrol-powered cars.
That said, Hyundai still believes that there is a market for diesel cars, and the current-gen Creta does indeed prove that point. Interestingly though, the petrol models aren’t too far behind. Hyundai has reported a total of 30,000 bookings for the new Creta since its launch, and 55 per cent of these are diesel. It is quite interesting to note that petrol models constitute 45 per cent of the overall sales. Also, the turbo-petrol variant was a much smaller percentage of the total sales, primarily due to the fact that it is only available in the top-spec trim.
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There are plenty of reasons for the sales figures that we see here. As petrol trims of a vehicle are much cheaper than equivalent diesel trims, it makes much more sense to go for the former, especially if you aren’t too big on mile-munching. The maintenance of petrol cars is also much cheaper. With the BSVI emission norms, this buying and maintaining a diesel car has become even more expensive. Other than that, one of the simpler reasons could be that the previous-gen Creta offered two diesel engine options (1.6-litre and 1.4-litre) and one petrol motor (1.6-litre). The new one only offers a single diesel engine option (1.5-litre), but two petrol ones (1.5-litre and 1.4-litre). The lack of choice might also influence a buyer’s decision.
Regardless of the reasons, it cannot be denied that petrol cars will soon be dominating the sales charts, especially now that plenty of carmakers have stopped manufacturing diesel cars, like Maruti Suzuki, Nissan, Renault, and Volkswagen. We’ll have to wait and see how the Indian audience reacts to the reduction in diesel options once the lockdown completely ends and car sales pick up once again.