Maruti to launch diesel variants of SX4, Ritz

The success of diesel variants of Swift and DZire models, has propelled  Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) to introduce diesel engines in its other cars. Maruti Suzuki ’s hatchback Ritz, which will be launched next month, will have a diesel version, sporting a 1.3-litre engine.

MSI managing director, S Nakanishi said that there is a good demand for diesel cars in the Indian market, and they are looking at the possibility of introducing more diesel engine options. But, they face some capacity constraints for expansion!!

The car maker produces two lakh 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines in India, some of which are exported to  Suzuki’s subsidiaries in Hungary.
Diesel cars are becoming very popular as they are more fuel-efficient and cheaper to run. Both our Swift and DZire diesel variants outstrip the sales of their petrol siblings. Currently they manufacture  diesel, the 1.3-litre multi-jet and sourcing a new engine may take some time.

Maruti’s parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, sells the 1.6-litre diesel variant of its SX4 sedan in Europe by sourcing the engines from Peugeot and Fiat. SX4 in India is available in petrol variant only. The company also sells the 1.9-litre DDiS diesel variant of the Grant Vitara SUV in the UK. Maruti does not have diesel offerings in Alto, WagonR, Zen Estilo and A-Star.

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November 25, 2010 at 3:03 AM

Driving the Great Machine by Maruti... at Goa expressway by leaving all the Cars behind.. the feeling was really awesome... and at even 160 KMPH it is was so calm and stable..That it makes you go mad for it.....

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