Maruti Wagon R, one of the best selling compact cars in India, is all set to be rolled-out in a CNG version in the country by the end of next quarter. It is expected that the Indian auto giant Maruti Suzuki will price this new CNG version of Wagon R about Rs 70,000 higher than the existing petrol versions. The company has been working on CNG technology for the last two years which is almost ready, as per a statement given by Mr IV Rao, Maruti Suzuki's managing executive officer (engineering). The company had showcased this technology at the Delhi Auto Expo in January this year, he added.
We should mention here, that Maruti Suzuki India has recently launched Wagon R in a new avatar along with a K-series engine so that it can take on the new entrants of this segment like Chevrolet Beat and Ford Figo.
Besides Maruti Wagon R, some other popular cars of the company in India such as Alto, Estilo and SX4 are also expected to be launched with a CNG system.
The new CNG versions of these popular cars will be rolled-out with factory fitted CNG-fired engines, unlike other petrol cars in India that come equipped with retro-fitted CNG kits. It is expected that the company will price these new CNG versions at a premium of up to 20 percent. According to Mr Rao, the move of launching new CNG-run cars is company's answer to green technology that will also be the most fuel-efficient auto fuel in India, blending the benefits of gasoline engine power at the cost of CNG.
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