In the wake of the noose hanging around diesel PVs these days, Maruti Suzuki made one of the biggest headlines of the Indian automotive industry today by announcing the retirement of diesel cars completely from its portfolio by April 2020. The latest development comes as a shock because Maruti Suzuki had introduced the indigenously developed E15A 1.5-litre diesel engine just last month, in the Ciaz. Further ahead, this engine was expected to become available in the Ertiga, Vitara Brezza and S-Cross and get a BS-VI upgrade by March 2020. The Fiat-developed D13A 1.3-litre diesel engine was known to be phased out by March 2020 and the Baleno, Swift and Dzire were going to become petrol-only models anyways, though. Diesel models contributed to around 30% of Maruti Suzuki's sales in FY2018-19, which is a significantly big number. The company offers a diesel option in more than half of its passenger cars: Swift, Dzire, Baleno, Ertiga, Ciaz, S-Cross and high-in-demand Vitara Brezza. … [Read more...] about Maruti Suzuki to discontinue all diesel models by April 2020
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Maruti Suzuki is said to stop building the Multijet diesel engine from its Gurgaon factory. This big development comes at a time when there are rumours that diesel engines on small cars may be going the way of the dodo thanks to a steep increase in costs. According to LiveMint, The diesel engine factory could be converted to produce petrol engines even as Maruti Suzuki is yet to confirm this development. Why’s it such a big deal? There are so many cars in India that use a single diesel engine – the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet unit – that it’s jocularly known as the ‘national engine’ of India. Sample this. The Maruti Swift, Dzire, Baleno, Vitara Brezza, Ertiga, Ciaz and S-Cross – all use the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine. These cars make up for more than 50 % of all diesel cars sold in India. And the numbers gets even more expansive if car makers such as Tata Motors and Fiat, and their cars using … [Read more...] about Maruti Suzuki to stop building Multijet diesel engines used by Swift, Dzire, Brezza & more
2018 was an eventful year for the automotive scene in India. A slew of launches were made this year including new cars and facelifted variants. The year was started by Auto Expo which saw a host of announcements and details about future launches. However, many vehicles have also been discontinued from the market, many of which had gained a cult status in the country. One of the main reason for these cars getting axed is that from 2020, only BS VI compliant vehicles would be allowed for sale and the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assesment Program (BNVSAP) would be in place too. Let’s now take a look at nine such cars that will not make it to 2019 with us. Tata Nano The Nano was Ratan Tata’s dream project and it tool many years to develop the car. The main aim of Tata was to create a car which was affordable for the masses and provide a safe travelling alternative to 2-wheelers. However, despite all the sincere effort behind its development, the Nano never took off and became a … [Read more...] about Tata Nano to Maruti Suzuki Gypsy: 9 Cars We Will Not See In 2019
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL), which is easily the most popular car manufacturer in the country, has sold more than 4.6 lakh vehicles in Q1, 2018. A major chunk of its new car sales comes from its two very successful hatchbacks – the new Swift and Baleno. Both the cars enjoy unprecedented success and are so much in demand that buyers often have to wait for many months for the delivery of their cars. However, a new report claims that this waiting period is set to come down in near future. Suzuki’s new facility in Gujarat, however, is currently using just one production line. It’s now being said that this production line will be running at its full capacity by the end of this year. The line is capable of producing as many as 2.5 lakh cars a year. With the increase in production at the Gujarat facility, even the waiting period on the Swift and the Baleno will come down by a significant margin. Speaking to NDTV, R C Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, … [Read more...] about Maruti Suzuki Swift & Baleno waiting periods to reduce: Here’s how
RC Bhargava, the chairman of Maruti Suzuki has just made an interesting statement that says Toyota won’t ‘tweak’ the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza – two cars that Maruti will soon start supplying Toyota from next year. Now, what does Mr. Bhargava mean by Toyota not tweaking the cars? Will Toyota simply sell the Maruti Baleno and Vitara Brezza as is? We explain. Mr. Bhargava said this, I do not think we have said that we will ever tweak the cars because I am not sure what tweaking the cars actually means. This statement was a response to a question posed by the ETAuto, which asked the Maruti chairman whether Toyota would tweak the Baleno and Vitara Brezza. Mr. Bhargava makes it clear that he does not understand what ‘tweaking’ exactly is. It could be that he’s assuming that the reporter is asking whether Toyota would make significant engineering changes to both Maruti cars, to which he says no. So, Mr. Bhargava’s reply is … [Read more...] about Maruti Baleno & Vitara Brezza won’t be tweaked by Toyota: RC Bhargava; What he actually means!