Maruti Suzuki has just clocked the highest ever sales for their factory-fitted CNG cars. The largest auto manufacturer of India sold over 1.57 lakh CNG equipped vehicles whereas in FY20 they sold 1.06 lakh units. This is the highest ever sales recorded by Maruti Suzuki India Limited.
As of now, there are 8 vehicles in Maruti’s line-up that offered with an S-CNG variant. There is the Alto, Celerio, Wagon-R, S-PRESSO, Eeco and Ertiga. For commercial purpose, the manufacturer offers Ertiga Tour S and Super Carry. The government of India is trying to reduce the oil import and they are opening more and more CNG outlets to promote it. The government is trying to increase the share of natural gas from 6.2 percent to 15 percent by 2030. This has also helped in greater acceptance of the factory-fitted CNG models that Maruti Suzuki is now offering.
Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said “We see CNG as a technology that has set a new benchmark in green fuel mobility. Maruti Suzuki offers its customers the widest options of factory-fitted CNG-powered cars. At the same time, CNG is becoming one of the most preferred alternative fuels due to its economic cost of running (as compared with the high prices of petrol and diesel) and improved CNG filling infrastructure. With the Government’s clear focus on expansion of CNG outlets in the country, we are confident of greater acceptance of factory-fitted CNG vehicles, even in challenging times.”
Maruti Suzuki says that they have reworked the suspension and braking setup of the S-CNG vehicles to provide optimum performance levels throughout different types of terrains. They are using dual interdependent ECUs that communicate with each other to provide an optimum air-fuel ratio during combustion.
With the increase in prices of petrol and diesel, many owners are converting their vehicles to CNG or they are opting for factory-fitted CNG vehicles. The advantage of opting for factory-fitted CNG is that you do not run out of your manufacturer provided warranty and factory-fitted CNG also provides a bit of peace of mind as none of your electricals and mechanical bits have been messed with.
Tata to also enter CNG segment
Tata Motors is also working on entering the CNG segment. They are aiming at FY21-22 to do so. They will be launching the factory-fitted CNG option with the Tiago and the Tigor. Test mules for both the vehicles have already been spotted while being waiting in line for CNG.
Both the vehicles will come with the existing 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. The engine produces 84 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 113 Nm. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT. The same engine will be used for the CNG avatar. However, while running on CNG, the power outputs will be decreased.
Other CNG vehicles
Hyundai also offers some of their vehicles with a factory-fitted CNG option. They currently offer factory-fitted CNG variant with Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, Santro and the Aura. Currently, only Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai are the only manufacturers to offer factory-fitted CNG vehicles and Tata Motors is soon expected to join them. With more and more