Look at it this way, if you consider the upcoming Ciaz sedan, the country’s largest car manufacturer will boast of a lineup of 13 cars in its portfolio. Between them only five models, which includes the Ritz, the Swift, the Dzire, the Ertiga and the Ciaz are the ones powered by a diesel engine. If you take LPG into account only the Wagon-R and the Omni offer a variant, while factory fitted CNG kits are on offer with the Alto 800, the Celerio, the Eeco, the Ertiga and the Wagon-R. Now this situation leaves a lot of space for new variants to be added in the existing line-up, which will offer potential customers the choice to buy their favourite Maruti, that will run on the fuel of their choice too. As a result, Maruti will introduce new variants of diesel, LPG and CNG in its existing crop of models, as revealed in its annual report circulated at its Annual General Meeting on September 4.
Maruti plans to extend the diesel line-up with the new 800 cc engine it has developed in-house. With this new sub-1000 cc motor, Maruti will save on a lot of cash outflow which went to Fiat for sourcing their 1.3 Multijet engine. Which means the new engine can be used even in the lower range of its portfolio. The 800 cc diesel engine will initially power the YL-1 LCV and then slowly make its way into the Celerio and later in the Wagon-R and Alto models.
Interestingly, with the gap between petrol and diesel prices narrowing, the company’s share in the petrol segment has increased to 60.8 percent in 2013-14 from 58.4 percent in 2012-13. In the diesel segment, the decline in the car-makers sales was largely in tune with the industry’s de-growth. Considering the volatility in fuel prices and at times when the gap between Petrol and Diesel fuel prices have narrowed down to the lowest. However, even with increased prices, their new diesel engine is rumoured to return efficiency figures of 25 – 30kpl+, which should be hard to ignore even for the most hardcore petrol heads.
Source: Autocar Pro