More than 50% of the cars that were on display at the Auto Expo this year ran on diesel.
According to an analysis conducted by Centre for Science and Environment, only 39% of the cars at display at the Auto Expo ran on petrol, while only 8% were hybrids and electric models.
The CSE analysis states that as many as 27% of all displayed car models had engines above 2000 CC, the sale of which is banned in the NCR till March 31 because of environmental concerns.
“A rapid review of the car models at the Auto Expo shows more than half of all new cars, in both the small and big segments, operated on diesel. This is in complete disregard of the public health concerns around toxic diesel emissions that has led the Supreme Court to crack down on such vehicles. The Supreme Court has ordered the phasing out of such vehicles and also levying of an environment compensation charge on them,” a statement issued by CSE said.
The organization also expressed concern about the new trend of smaller and mid-sized cars running on diesel.
Six out of 10 car models on display in the small and mid-sized section operated on diesel, the CSE study said.
“In contrast to earlier trends, when diesel cars were introduced largely in mid and large engine sizes, a significant penetration in the small engine category was noticed this year. In the smallest engine category a total of 12 cars – both diesel and petrol — were displayed. Of these 33% ran on diesel. The share of small cars was about 8% of all cars on display. India is losing the advantage of the small car market,” the CSE statement said.
Diesel cars have come under the scanner recently because of the high levels of emissions they generate.
“The industry is not skewed towards diesel vehicles, but since most of the companies showcased SUVs more diesel cars were seen. The SUV industry has always been diesel dominated. Also, the diesel cars of today emit 50% less CO2 compared to cars a decade back, and more hybrid technology is being introduced in diesel to reduce emission,” said a Maruti spokesperson.