Maruti: No small diesel engine; instead to expand CNG line-up

According to a media report, Maruti will be focusing on the expansion of its CNG vehicle portfolio instead of offering a small diesel engine.  

Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director Sales and Marketing, has stated that there is no logic in developing a small diesel engine. He also said that less than 5% cars from the hatchback segment is constituted of diesels. The demand for the oil burner has reduced in sedans and the entry-level SUV segment as well.

Earlier this month, sales of CNG cars from the Maruti stable crossed the 1 lakh milestone. Maruti started offering CNG powered cars from 2010. At present, models like the Alto, WagonR, Eeco, Tour S, Celerio, Ertiga and Super Carry are available with a CNG option.

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