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  1. Shreyans Jain answers:

    There is one stand-out car which ticks all the boxes you seek. Honda Jazz. You’l get all the space you’l even need. The engine is around 90bhp, making it one of the most powerful hatches in India. It being a Honda, FE, quality, reliability and resale prices are assured. Also, as the engine is based on the City’s unit which is proven to run well on CNG, you will not have any problems with your planed conversion. The big boot will be handy too. If the Jazz is proving too expensive or you are not willing to wait for it, consider the Liva.

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    banned.arora answers:

    hi jack i recommend hyundai i20.new Hyundai i20 is a show stopper with its charming looks and even the interiors are plusher this time with comfortable seats & generous space for all occupants.http://goo.gl/bEugo Engine department has been more refined this time with Variable Valve Timing (VTVT) making its way into the sophisticated hood.Hyundai i-Gen i20 automatic delivers an overall mileage of 11kmpl – 15 kmpl while the 1.4 L Kappa engine returns with an overall fuel efficiency of 15-17 kmpl. The diesel i20 offers an impressive mileage of 18 kmpl -23 kmpl.yes can convert to cng works gr8 gives good average better or more than xpected actually

  3. Babychen Mathew answers:

    Shreyans, isn’t CNG conversion OK only after the initial warranty on the Jazz is over? I mean isn’t it safer to do then than rightaway? Jazz also has a bit of a waiting period right now. But it is a good car to keep for 7 years. Usually Hondas have no maintenance at all, but do not know about CNG fitted Hondas.

  4. Babychen Mathew answers:

    My default choice in this situation is the Swift – but it is not big enough according to you, so lets leave it out. i20 should do OK with CNG, and same for Figo or Liva (huge space in the Liva!)

  5. Shreyans Jain answers:

    @Mathew: There are various conflicting views on installing CNG in a brand new or or after running it in or after the warranty period expires. My take is that the kit can be installed after running-in the car properly, ie, after say 7000km. As far as reliability of a CNG fitted car goes, they run trouble free as long as basic preventive maintenance is carried out. The warranty debate is unending. Warranty lapses the day the conversion is made. But the question is, how much is the probability of a part actually failing in the first two years of a car, especially in a Honda or a Maruti petrol hatch? In my book, it is minuscule. And even if something does go wrong, does paying for the replacement actually turn out to be cheaper than running the car on petrol for 2 years? This is a call every car owner has to take for himself.

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    Narayan Krishnaswamy answers:

    Dear Shreyans,

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    Narayan Krishnaswamy answers:

    Dear Shreyans,

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    Narayan Krishnaswamy answers:

    Dear Shreyans,

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    Narayan Krishnaswamy answers:

    Dear cartoq, would like to know if it is suitable to install CNG kits in Ford Figo.. If so, which kit would you recommend and also any preferred retrofitter.. thanks

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    Narayan Krishnaswamy answers:

    Dear cartoq, would like to know if it is suitable to install CNG kits in Ford Figo.. If so, which kit would you recommend and also any preferred retrofitter in Mumbai… thanks

  11. Shreyans Jain answers:

    Although the Ford Figo is not the most popular car to fit CNG on, its mainly because it sells in diesel and not in petrol. The high torque nature of the engine makes it an ideal candidate for the conversion, as the impact on drivability will be minimum. Go for a sequential kit from Landi Renzo, BRC, Lovato or Tommetso. The large 14kg tank will be an easy installation in the big boot. The only problem you will face is that the car will bottom out a lot and scrape many a speed breaker if you travel 5 up. Low GC is a known issue on the Figo. So if the car will be used with family frequently, you’l have to add spacers/sleeves to the rear suspension.

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    Narayan Krishnaswamy answers:

    Thanks for the prompt response and sorry for the repeated typos on this thread. I had enquired earlier with the ford showroom and they have advised a complete no-no for the CNG kit. They say it does not match with the ECM tuning of the vehicle and may cause problems in functioning at a later point in time. I have two questions which you can throw light on – 1) Do you know any reasons why the company has not introduced a CNG variant, or at least shown some support towards the ‘green’ initiative? 2) Also, can the CNG fitment actually cause any damage in the long run on figo…. Appreciate your views please.

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    Narayan Krishnaswamy answers:

    Thanks for the prompt response and sorry for the repeated typos on this thread. I had enquired earlier with the ford showroom and they have advised a complete no-no for the CNG kit. They say it does not match with the ECM tuning of the vehicle and may cause problems in functioning at a later point in time. I have two questions which you can throw light on – 1) Do you know any reasons why the company has not introduced a CNG variant, or at least shown some support towards the ‘green’ initiative? 2) Also, can the CNG fitment actually cause any damage in the long run on figo…. Appreciate your views please.

  14. Shreyans Jain answers:

    Ford does not do CNG, as simple as that. What the company does not do, the dealer will not recommend. The timing on a sequential kit is matched with that of the engine using a computer to get it spot on. On the conventional kit, it is done manually by trying different advance setting with the timing advancer. Basically, it is the job of the CNG guy to get this right and they mostly do get it right. As far as damage to the engine goes, my WagonR has done over 1.3L km on gas, no issues as such. Engine life is not compromised provided you are particular with basic maintenance, both scheduled and preventive. Get your car serviced on time. The throttle body and injectors must be regularly cleaned and the spark plugs periodically replaced. Rest assured, the vehicle will provide years of trouble free service.

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