Only till a few years back diesel cars accounted for a larger share of the Indian passenger vehicle market as people preferred the higher fuel-efficiency from a fuel that was significantly cheaper than petrol. In the past couple of years though, this trend has reversed completely. Over 75 percent of cars sold in India last financial year were petrol powered cars whereas the sales of diesel cars have dropped down to over 27%. In 2012-13 diesel cars accounted for 47% of total cars sales in the country which has dropped to just 27 percent in 2016-17. Data on fuel-wise sales percentage in domestic sales placed in Parliament on Tuesday suggests that percentage of diesel cars sold in India has been consistently declining since 2012-13, indicating that diesel cars may be on the way out, the government said today. Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has intimated that the recent ban by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on diesel cars of more than 10 years old is one of the reasons for the sales drop versus gasoline (petrol) cars, Minister of State for Heavy Industries Babul Supriyo said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. While the percentage of diesel cars sold in 2012-13 was 47 per cent, it came down to 42 per cent in 2013-14, 37 percent in 2014-15, 34 per cent in 2015-16 and subsequently to 27 per cent in 2016-17. On the other hand, the sales percentage of petrol cars has been rising continuously to 73 per cent in 2016-17, from 53 per cent in 2012-13, 58 per cent in 2013-14, 63 per cent in 2014-15 and 66 per cent in 2015-16.
The government has always taken a stand in various affidavits submitted before the NGT that all fuels are equal and have a separate emission footprint, said the minister.