The recent downturn in car sales does not seem to have affected some variants, especially the diesel versions. The slowdown in sales, says Sundeep Bafna of Fort Point Automotive which sells Maruti Suzuki cars and Hero MotorCorp bikes, is mainly because customers are seeking models which are in short supply. The result: long waiting periods for several car models.
Diesel variants for several Maruti models such as Swift, Swift DZire, Ritz and SX4 are in high demand as the gap between the petrol and diesel prices has widened in recent times. Other mass produced models like the Chevrolet Beat diesel and the Tata Indigo Manza diesel too are enjoying a surge in demand.
Text: Business Standard
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