Except for Creta and Verna, all other Hyundai models saw petrol variants dominating the sales of diesel with ease
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL), the country’s second-largest carmaker, recorded its highest-ever domestic sales in a financial year last time out. The South Korean auto major retailed a total of 5,45,243 units as against 5,36,241 units in FY2018 with 1.7 per cent YoY growth. The exports stood at 1,62,105 units with 5.3 per cent YoY increase.
The brand’s FY2019 total volume gives us a clear idea of how the trend has shifted and the subsequent petrol and diesel penetration as well. The Grand i10, Elite i20 and Creta have been the best-sellers in Hyundai’s lineup for several years and in FY2019 they did not disappoint by registering 1,26,041 units, 1,40,225 and 1,24,300 units respectively.
The three models contributed to more than 3,90,000 units in the space of twelve months between April 2018 and March 2019. As for the Grand i10, the petrol sales utterly dominated diesel by 93:7 as 1,17,079 units of petrol variants were retailed with meagre 8,962 units for diesel.
|Model||Petrol Sales In FY19||Diesel Sales In FY19|
|Hyundai Grand i10||1,17,079 (93%)||8,962 (7%)|
|Hyundai Elite i20||1,08,375 (77%)||31,850 (23%)|
|Hyundai Creta||39,332 (32%)||84,968 (68%)|
|Hyundai Xcent||25,893 (68%)||12,089 (32%)|
|Hyundai Verna||19,823 (50%)||19,745 (50%)|
Just as the budget hatchback, the Elite i20 saw the total sales led by petrol variants as 1,08,375 units were retailed. In percentage terms, 77% of customers went for petrol trims and only 23 per cent took deliveries of the diesel Elite i20 variants at 31,850 units.
The Xcent also witnessed 68 per cent of cumulative volume for petrol at 25,893 units and 12,089 units for diesel at 32 per cent. The 1.2-litre U2 oil-burner found under the bonnet of the Grand i10 and Xcent will reportedly be upgraded to meet BSVI emission standards.
The penetration of just 7 per cent suggests Grand i10 won’t be much affected with its discontinuation, the same cannot be said for the subcompact sedan. Understandably, the mid-size segment leading Hyundai Creta encountered 68 per cent of owners opting for diesel and only 32 per cent for petrol.
While the small capacity U2 diesel engine is said to live on in the next generation Grand i10 bound for September and the upcoming Xcent, the Verna will likely get a brand new 1.5-litre diesel motor in its next avatar. Hyundai sold 19,823 petrol Vernas at an almost similar rate to diesel (19,745 units) as they were on par at 50:50 in FY19. The Elantra had it at 60:40 in favour of petrol variants.