CNG/LPG variants of majority car models likely: Report

Car manufacturers are planning to introduce CNG/LPG variants across more models in their product portfolio

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According to latest media reports, majority of car companies are planning to introduce CNG/LPG variants of their popular car models. A couple of years back, quite a few car makers had launched a handful of CNG/LPG variants from their regular  product line-up. The step was taken owing to the rise in fuel prices and a step to do their bit for the environment. However, with fuel costs spiralling even further upwards, car manufacturers are planning to launch CNG/LPG variants of all their popular cars. The dual-fuel cars (capable of running on petrol and CNG/LPG) will not only allow companies to attract buyers with the promise of low running costs but also compete against the alternate fuel one’s of their competitors.

Maruti Suzuki is reportedly gearing up to launch dual-fuel variants for five of its current cars.The dual-fuel variants of the Alto, SX4 and Eeco will be launched in the near future. Currently the Wagon R and Estilo are available in dual-fuel options. General Motors is planning to launch an LPG variant of the Chevrolet Beat by this year end. Hyundai is also planning to expand the duel-fuel option across its stable. Toyota too is planning to introduce CNG/LPG variants of its cars.  Lately, a lot of car owners have started fitting their cars with aftermarket CNG/LPG kits in the interests of lower running costs. This has prompted car makers to further contemplate launching more dual-fuel cars to cash in on the buyer demand.

Industry pundits are confident that the alternate fuel market is only bound to grow more stronger. Currently for car owners, the per km running cost on Petrol cars is around Rs.3.44 and on Diesel cars it’s around Rs.2.33. In comparison, the running costs on Petrol-LPG cars is about Rs.2.23 and on Petrol-CNG cars it’s Rs.1.31. The Sales and Marketing head of GM, Ankush Arora has told the media that the shift to alternate fuels will be faster now and in the future companies have to provide alternate fuel as an option on many of their models.
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