Maruti Suzuki India Limited today announced the production of a record 5 lakh K-series engines in less than 23 months. The company had produced its first K-series engine in the month of October 2008. With an installed capacity to produce 500,000 K-series engines the feat doesn’t come as a surprise to us. However, to meet the high demand, the company has recently announced an expansion plan of additional 200,000 K-series engines by 2012.
The engine manufacturing facility of the company is situated in Gurgaon. The engineers of Maruti Suzuki India had worked as part of the Suzuki Engine Design team for designing, calibration and testing of the K-series engine in India as well as Japan.
Maruti Suzuki currently produces two types of K-series engines. One is a 998cc and the other is a 1.2 litre. The 998cc three-cylinder K-series K10 engine offers a power of 68ps @ 6200 rpm and torque of 90nm @ 3500 rpm in Alto-K10 and new WagonR.
The same engine, in a different state of tune delivers 67ps@6200rpm and torque of 90nm@3500 rpm in A Star and Estilo. The A star was the first car from Maruti Suzuki to be fitted with the new generation K-series engine. Lately, Maruti Suzuki introduced the K-series engine in the country’s highest selling brand, Alto.
The second K-series engine is fitted in cars such as Ritz, Swift and Swift Dzire. Christened the K12, this engine also delivers great power and fuel efficiency. The engine delivers a efficiency of 17.7 kms/litre for the Ritz and 17.9 kms/ltr for the Swift and Swift Dzire.
We’ll have to give it to Maruti – their k-series engine has best in class power, as well as fuel efficiency in both 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre versions.
On the occasion Managing Director and CEO, Shinzo Nakanishi said, “Introduction of K-series engine in India is an example of Maruti Suzuki’s commitment to take the engine technology in India to the next level. In a short span, the company has scaled up the production of K-series engine manifold. K-series engines are environment friendly and fuel efficient while delivering performance.”