The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has decided to stay away from the diesel vehicle segment. Instead, the company wants to focus on making its petrol vehicles more fuel efficient. The company’s newly launched 2021 Celerio mid-hatchback car with the new K10-C engine is claimed to be the most fuel efficient petrol car in the country. The new 2021 Maruti Celerio comes with a mileage of 26.68 kmpl.
The reason given for staying away from diesel.
CV Raman, the company’s chief technical officer. Said sales of diesel vehicles will further decline after the next phase of emission norms is rolled out in 2023. He said that in the last few years there has been a gradual shifting towards petrol cars. He said, in the coming times, we will not participate in the diesel sector.
The upcoming stringent emission norms have cited as a key reason to stay away from diesel-powered cars. “In 2023, there will be a new phase of emission norms which is likely to increase the cost. So we believe that the percentage of diesel vehicles may come down further,” Raman said. He further said that Maruti has no intention of participating in the diesel space.
Sales of diesel vehicles declined.
According to industry estimates, the share of diesel vehicles in the country currently accounts for less than 17 per cent of total passenger vehicle sales. This is a steep drop as compared to the 2013-14 period when diesel cars used to account for 60 percent of the total vehicle sales. Since the implementation of BS6 emission norms with effect from April 1, 2020, many automakers like Maruti have not updated the diesel trims of their respective portfolios and discontinued.
Will improve the engine.
In its portfolio, Maruti offers the BS-VI standard 1.0-litre, 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines, and the option of CNG trim across seven of its models. The company aims to further improve its internal combustion engine technology in terms of fuel efficiency. and may also look at further development of engines to strengthen its product portfolio in future.