Maruti Suzuki India would soon have CNG versions of almost every car model it is selling. The Wagon R, Ritz, Estilo, Alto and the SX4 could get CNG versions soon.
It is reported that the first Maruti to get the CNG treatment, would be the Wagon R and then the other models would follow in their CNG avatars. The Wagon R CNG could be launched by October 2010. With rising fuel prices, the market for CNG vehicles, which are economical and eco-friendly, is very lucrative than ever.
I V Rao, Managing Executive Officer, Maruti Suzuki India
We have been working on the CNG technology for the last two years and it is almost ready. These products are of high quality and there will be no compromise on safety standards. Most of the parts are imported from Europe, US and Japan. There will be some cost to it.
The CNG version of the Maruti Wagon R is expected to cost about Rs. 70,000 more than its petrol version. Maruti Suzuki would use the latest iGPI (intelligent gas port injection) system which electronically controls the injection of gas into the manifold directly hence eliminating power losses.
CNG versions of the Ritz, Estilo and the Eeco are expected to follow the Wagon R CNG soon. Maruti would be looking to launch these vehicles before the Chevrolet Beat LPG's arrival to have an edge.
Source: Business Standard