Maruti Suzuki focuses on strengthening CNG portfolio in India

Maruti Suzuki focuses on strengthening CNG portfolio in India New Maruti Suzuki
author image Nikhil Puthran
Monday 20 July 2020, 19:47 PM

Maruti Suzuki will focus on expanding its CNG product range in India. As stated to the media, the company sees no point in the development of a BS6 diesel engine for small cars, especially after the market gradually shifting towards petrol models. It is believed that the expansion of the CNG product range will bring in additional volumes. However, the company might consider introducing a bigger BS6 diesel engine provided there is enough demand for diesel SUVs and sedans.

Speaking to PTI, Shashank Srivastava, MSI Executive Director Sales and Marketing said, “There is absolutely no logic in developing a small diesel engine. It is less than five per cent in the hatchback segment and has reduced considerably in sedans and entry-level SUV segment as now economics does not support it. Those customers who do not care for economics for running the car they may still be buying the diesel cars and for that the company has said it is watching the market very closely.”

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has slowed car sales in the country. Therefore, the company will wait for some time to let the market stabilise and then take decision for BS6 diesel engine. The company expects to sell around 1.4 to1.5 lakh CNG units in India this year as compared to 1.07 lakh units in 2019-20. Over the next few years, it is believed that the company targets to sell 10 lakh cars with green technology.

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