Diesel engines have always enjoyed good popularity in the Indian market. However, the last few years have not been kind to them. With government regulations and norms, diesel engines are being pushed to the brink of extinction. Small diesel engines have already been discontinued by most brands. This has worried people whether or not they should buy a diesel right now. But Hyundai COO, Tarun Garg has confirmed that Hyundai’s diesel engines are here to stay. In today’s article, let’s talk about the Diesel engine in 2023.
Hyundai’s diesel advantage
Hyundai holds a competitive edge in the market. Considering that, its biggest rival and market leader, Maruti Suzuki, has completely moved out of this category. Other brands like Volkswagen Group and Renault-Nissan have also followed suit. This gives Hyundai major leverage, especially in the lucrative compact and C-SUV segment. Tarun Garg, COO of Hyundai in India, stated that 42% of Creta sales come from diesel, 66% for Alcazar, 61% for Tucson and 21% for Venue. He also stated that seeing the demand, Hyundai will be bringing more cars with diesel options in the future.
Diesel engine 2023 – Restricted to big SUVs
Tarun Garg also stated there are a variety of factors that aid the sales of diesel engines in large off-roaders. According to him, some buyers drive large SUVs for long distances, and this is where the better efficiency of diesel comes into play. Also, the strong initial torque gives such SUVs some advantage while off-roading. For Hyundai, diesel share has dropped from 26% last year to 20%, but there continues to be a steady demand for diesel engines.
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