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Old 20th November 2023, 11:38   #16
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Re: 87% of Indians choose petrol cars this festive season

If no diesel cars were available, 100% people would have bought Petrol cars. But that doesn't mean all 0f them wanted to buy only a petrol car as a preference.
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Old 20th November 2023, 11:43   #17
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Re: 87% of Indians choose petrol cars this festive season

Good to finally see some change; unfortunately, in the high-end market, Diesel still seems to be the preferred choice. The only option has to be to remove all subsidies from Diesel for LMVs and stop subsidizing them.
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Old 20th November 2023, 12:55   #18
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Re: 87% of Indians choose petrol cars this festive season

My 2004 Ford Focus 1.8TDDI Ghia Estate cost about 15% more than the equivalent petrol model when new. Based on ownership and use in the U.K.
The car has covered almost 200,000 miles (about 320,000 kms).
I have saved nearly 13,000 in fuel costs (about 1,351,000:00 Rupees). A saving of approximately 8,090 litres of fuel.
The money I have saved is 50% of the cost of a similar new car. Diesels make better financial sense for high mileage users. A petrol car is better suited for short trips like stop start city driving and low average mileage users.
I also prefer the easier driving experience of "riding the torque wave" that only comes from owning a turbo diesel. Especially after re-mapping + 30% bhp and torque at 135,000 miles (217,200kms).
Another benefit of driving a diesel is having made 180 fewer stops to fill up with fuel. I work as a sub-contract vehicle mechanic. All of my mileage is work related. The time that would have been wasted filling up an extra 180 times has saved me
450 ( about 46,800:00 Rupees) in lost income.
Reliability has also been exceptional. Only 1 breakdown in 20 years and 200,000 miles (320,000kms). Typical Bosch VP30 injection pump electronics failure (believed to be caused by poor cooling and bad soldering), at 135,000 miles (217,200 kms). I also do my own maintenance and servicing.

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Old 20th November 2023, 14:22   #19
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Re: 87% of Indians choose petrol cars this festive season

Sub 15L, if the choice existed, I would any day go for a Diesel especially since most of the petrol vehicles have power equivalent to a moped.
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