Sunday, August 15, 2010

Maruti Suzuki launches 5 CNG Models

Maruti Suzuki on Friday unveiled its flagship CNG engine technology — ‘intelligent-Gas Port Injection' or i-GPI — on five popular models. The models include SX4, Eeco, WagonR, Estilo and Alto and will be available in the entire National Capital Region, including Delhi, Mumbai and Gujarat.

While sedan SX4 Vxi is priced at Rs. 7.47 lakh, WagonR Lxi comes with a price tag of Rs. 4.11 lakh. Prices of other models are: Estilo Lxi Rs. 4.05 lakh, Eeco 5-seater AC Rs. 3.64 lakh and Alto Lxi Rs. 3.23 lakh.

“With this initiative, the CNG footprint of the company spreads across entry-level cars, compact cars, sedans and MPV segments. WMaruti Suzuki CNG Modelse are confident that customers would value our i-GPI technology that is safe, reliable, clean and environment-friendly. Adapting the CNG technology in our vehicles is another step to keep low cost of ownership for our customers,” said Maruti Suzuki India Chairman R. C. Bhargava.

According to Shinzo Nakanishi, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India, “This is the first instance when a car manufacturer has developed and launched factory-fitted technologically superior CNG engines in India. CNG is environment-friendly and also reduce country's dependence on imported fuels. The company's big ticket entry into the CNG fuel segment augurs well for the environment.” The i-GPI bi-fuel technology engine offers an intelligent ride as it ensures more power vis-à-vis retro-fitted CNG vehicles and offers a peppier ride experience on a par with that of a petrol-fuelled engine, while achieving high fuel efficiency at the same time. The factory fitted CNG vehicles score high on safety and reliability vis-à-vis the aftermarket retro-fitted options, he said.

Mr. Nakanishi further said that as the CNG technology was factory-fitted, customers would enjoy the full warranty benefits, including extended warranty. To top it all, the CNG vehicles from Maruti Suzuki would enjoy the nationwide back up of over 2,700 Maruti service stations, he added.



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