November 23, 2021: Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) in a recent press conference, stated that it is no longer planning to get back to the diesel segment. As per company officials, MSI decided to take this major step as it believes that sale of diesel vehicles is likely to decrease once the next set of emission norms is released in 2023.
MSI Chief Technical Officer C V Raman mentioned that the company is not thinking of participating in the field of diesel cars in future. However, if customer demand rises, then it can make a comeback.
The new phase of emission norms is anticipated to be released in India in 2023, which, in turn, would result in high cost of diesel-powered cars. It will further lead to decreasing diesel percentages. Even though the company is not clear about the competition, MSI is not looking forward to launching diesel cars.
According to the company’s estimates, at present, out of the total sales of passenger cars, the share of diesel vehicles is only 17 percent. Between 2013-2014, diesel cars accounted for approximately 60 percent of the total sales.
Many automobile companies in India have already started moving away from the diesel segment in their product portfolios, owing to the presence of BS-VI emission regime that was released in April 2020.
MSI have also eliminated diesel models from its existing product portfolio because of stringent BS-VI emission norms. The company’s current range is powered by 1.5 liter, 1.2 liter, and 1 liter gasoline engines. Across seven of its models, MSI also provides CNG trims.
Raman further stated that the company is aiming to enhance its existing petrol powertrains in terms of fuel efficiency. Besides, it is planning to introduce a new range of engines to improve its portfolio.
Celerio has the novel K10-C engine, which is the company’s one of the significant steps to improve its product line. Similarly, it has made some major changes in the 1.2 liter engine. It wants to enhance internal combustion engine technology for increasing fuel efficiency.
Raman put forward that MSI already has its novel mild hybrid technology. At the same time, it is planning to improve electrification aspects in its vehicles, such as start-stop technology. Also, owing to low running cost, it is propagating more CNG. Out of 15 models, 7 have CNG trims. MSI is looking forward to introduce more models in future with the same unique technology.
Furthermore, Raman declared that MSI is presently ethanol 10 percent (E10) complaint. By the end of 2023, E20 will be made available as per the fuel availability. Officials are currently conducting research and development activities to create flux fuels.