Maruti Suzuki India, the country's largest automobile maker, is planning to introduce CNG trims in its lineup range, with demand for CNG models arising at any time amid skyrocketing fuel prices in India and a fall in sales of diesel cars. Not only this, but the company is also planning to almost double the sales of CNG cars in the current financial year with the expansion of its sales network.
While the carmaker has sold about 1.62 lakh CNG cars in the last financial year, the company has now started believing in the rapid expansion of CNG distribution outlets across the country. The company plans to sell about 3 lakh CNG cars in the current financial year. Shashank Srivastava, senior executive director of the company, told the media that "out of the 15 brands we sell, CNG option is available in just seven models. We are trying to bring CNG options to the remaining portfolio''.
Continuing, Srivastava has said that Indian customers are very sensitive to running the cost of their cars. He said the sale of CNG cars is also showing an increase as new cities are being added to the CNG gas distribution network. Where earlier "there used to be only 1,400 filling stations, now this figure has crossed 3,300 points and is expected to touch 8,700 points in the next 1.5 years''.
2021 Maruti Celerio CNG: Maruti Suzuki is currently set to launch CNG variants in Alto, S-Presso, WagonR, Eeco, TourS, Ertiga and Super Carry. It is now gearing up to launch a CNG version of the recently launched new Celerio. Maruti Suzuki is reported to be at the forefront of CNG space in the country with a market share of over 85 percent in the CNG segment. Out of 1.9 lakh units of CNG vehicles sold in the country in the last financial year, more than 1.6 lakh units belonged to car manufacturers. The company aims to further increase its CNG sales in the country with an improved product chain.