Now Wait for Worlds Most Fuel Efficient Car from India

Thursday 09 April 2009, 00:00 AM by Satish Kalepu

After giving the world’s cheapest car, now another Indian company promises to deliver “world’s most fuel efficient car” in India. India may soon stake its claim on producing world’s most fuel efficient car excluding the hybrids. Bajaj Auto, one of India’s largest two-wheeler makers, claimed that its small car project is on track and progressing quite smoothly. It also claimed that it has achieved technology breakthrough in fuel efficiency and emission norms.

"We are not after the cheapest possible car, we are after a little car which will raise the benchmark as far as fuel economy and emission standards are concerned .We can share with you that we have targeted the fuel economy in excess of 30 km/litre and I think we are on our way to achieve that. Big change as far as fuel efficiency on road is concerned and we are equally confident for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. We will be way below 100g/km of CO2,” said Ravi Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Auto.

There have been speculations that there may be trouble boiling within the tri-party strategic alliance between Bajaj, Renault and Nissan that got together to work on producing another ultra-cheap car. Bajaj holds 50 percent stake and rest is shared between Renault and Nissan. According to Ravi Bajaj, "As far as schedule is concerned, no change in schedule because development which is led by Bajaj continues as it should be as anticipated from beginning, as far as investments are concerned, whether with or without Renault Nissan Bajaj is going to implement this project. So any constraints they may have do not affect this project."

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