After the launch of Nissan Sunny sedan with the petrol engine on Tuesday, the Japanese automobile brand is set to the launch of the diesel variation as early as possible. Lately the sales ratio between the petrol and diesel cars have now reached to 20:80, which earlier stood to be 45:55. Studying the trend in India, the corporate VP of Nissan for Middle East and India has directed the engineers to hustle up the requirements for an early launch of the Nissan Sunny diesel variant by the end of the current fiscal year.
The OMCs have been repeatedly revising the petrol prices to bring parity with the international crude oil price subsequent to decontrolling the petrol price in last June. The current difference in the diesel and the petrol price now stands to be Rs 26 following the hike in petrol price by Rs 3.14. nissan salem il This has prompted the automobile makers to raise their production of diesel cars to launch more diesel cars also at the same time placing the petrol car prices more competitively. Toyota Motors Corp had recently launched the diesel variants of Toyota Etios sedan and Toyota Etios Liva hatch in response to a tepid reaction received by their petrol variants in the market. Honda Siel cars has offered key discounts on their petrol model cars including on Honda City in order to overcome the demand for the diesel variants.
Nevertheless, the market experts consider that the consumer’s partiality towards the diesel cars is not lasting and the moment that the difference between the diesel and petrol prices is reduced, the change in the market dynamics in bound to happen. For this reason, the Japanese auto manufacturers like Nissan and Suzuki are most probable to delay their investments in the diesel technology and would rather seek to buy the technology from the European manufacturers like Fiat, for example. Dinesh Jain of Hover Automotive Ltd, a Nissan dealer in the country has stated that Nissan predicts to bring the diesel variant of the Nissan Sunny as early as possible against the usual trend adopted by any automobile brand to launch a new variant with a gap of at least nine months. Withof Rs 5.78 -Rs 7.78 lakhs, the sedan is likely to compete against the rivals Toyota Etios sedan, Mahindra Verito and Maruti Swift Dzire. The Japanese manufacturer expects to sell around 40,000 units by the end of this fiscal year.