Maruti Suzuki India Limited has achieved a major milestone with a cumulative total of 5 lakh CNG vehicles sold in the country. Maruti Suzuki has achieved this sales pitch ever since the first fleet of factory fitted CNG vehicles with i-GPI technology was introduced in 2010.
The CNG option is currently offered on seven of the company models which include Alto 800, Alto K10, WagonR, Celerio, Dzire, Eeco and Super Carry. Among these, it is noted that the WagonR is the highest selling CNG model in the range.
Maruti Suzuki’s range of CNG vehicles have found most buyers in Delhi NCR besides in select cities in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Orissa, UP and Punjab. Having expanded its CNG vehicle range to over 150 cities across India has seen an increase in sales by 50 percent during the period April to November 2018.
These factory fitted CNG vehicles are not only cleaner and more reliable but also safer and environmentally friendlier as compared to their fuel powered counterparts. They also offer a lower cost of ownership and are hence more economical in the long run.
Maruti Suzuki’s CNG range commenced with the Alto, Eeco, SX4, WagonR and Estilo in 2010-11. The Ertiga joined the Green range in 2013-14 while the Celerio and Alto K10 was launched in 2014-15. DZire Tour and Super Carry got CNG options in 2017-18.
The new Maruti Ertiga CNG is also poised for launch in view of many fleet and private buyers in the country demanding the same. The new Ertiga CNG is currently under development with the company fine tuning its new 1.5 liter petrol motor with CNG fuel. It is also estimated that the new Ertiga will continue to receive Smart Hybrid technology and dual battery setup.