“The Supreme Court order banning the registration of vehicles with diesel engines displacing 2 litres and more may cover only the National Capital region, but its impact on buyer sentiment is country-wide, say industry executives.
“Sales of petrol cars and SUVs in January-February 2016 grew 7% from a year earlier, whereas those of diesel-driven personal vehicles fell 7.3%, industry sources said, citing the ban announced in December and the narrowed gap between the prices of the two fuels as the key reasons. The share of diesel vehicles in overall passenger vehicle sales shrank to 42% in the first two months of this year from 45% in the year-earlier period.
“Diesel passenger vehicles have suffered a double-edged attack, first because of the shrinking gap between petrol and diesel prices … (and) then the SC ruling,” a top executive at a car maker told ET on the condition of anonymity. This has not only hurt the sales of big diesel vehicles, but also hit inquiry on smaller diesel cars, he said.ETAuto (The Economic Times). Read it on delhiair.org.