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Maruti sees no merit in developing small BS-VI diesel engine, to expand CNG portfolio

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new Delhi. Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), the country's largest car company, has no intention of developing a diesel engine with the India Phase-6 standard for small cars. The company believes that such cars are not economically viable. A company official said that now the market is slowly shifting towards petrol models. There is no diesel model among the vehicles offered ahead of Maruti. The company now intends to expand its CNG portfolio.

"There is no argument to develop a small diesel engine," MSI Executive Director Sales and Marketing Shashank Srivastava told PTI-Bhasha. In the hatchback segment it has been less than five percent. It has also come down significantly in the sedan and entry-level SUV segment. Economics no longer supports it. "

However, the auto major may consider larger BS-6 engines going forward if there is sufficient demand for diesel-based SUVs and sedans. Srivastava said, "However, there are many consumers who do not see the economics to drive a car and they can still buy diesel cars. That is why the company has said that it has a close eye on the market. "He said that if there are enough people in that category then we can consider developing a bigger BS-6 diesel engine. Srivastava said that the company has not taken any decision yet.

On the expansion of CNG portfolio, Srivastava said that the company has a target of selling 1.4 to 1.5 lakh CNG vehicles in the current financial year. The company had sold 1.07 lakh CNG vehicles in 2019-20. The company has set an ambitious target of selling 1 million cars with green technology in the next few years. Srivastava said that CNG cars are cheaper as compared to diesel cars. Apart from this, it is also cheaper to drive CNG cars. He said that the CNG segment registered a growth of seven percent in the last financial year. The overall passenger vehicle industry declined by 18 percent.

This post was published on July 19, 2020 3:32 pm

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