January 20, 2021. Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL), which has so far maintained its stand of staying away from offering diesel engine options in its updated model portfolio that complies with the latest BS VI emission standards as mandated by the government from April 1, 2020, is seeing a marked shift in consumer buying trends.
In the ongoing fiscal (FY2021), the company has registered a 31% uptick in sales of its compressed natural gas (CNG) cars, which have grown from 55,071 units between April and November 2019, to 71,990 units between April and November 2020. Most of these sales can be attributed to states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat, where the CNG infrastructure is well established compared to other parts of the country.
Out of an expansive model portfolio that includes 14 vehicles from the entry-level Alto and S-Presso to the premium XL6 and S-Cross SUVs at the higher end, MSIL offers six cars with bi-fuel petrol-CNG option. The Alto, S-Presso, Celerio, Wagon R, Eeco and Ertiga are the six cars that come equipped with its factory-fitted S-CNG technology.
While the Celerio has maintained its CNG-trim sales numbers at 10,990 units (April-November 2019: 11,412), the Alto sold 3,195 CNG variants (3,542) in the eight-month period. The popular Wagon R and Ertiga registered a significant uptick in CNG sales.
The Maruti Wagon R has recorded a 13% increase in off take of CNG variants from 25,144 units to 28,308 units between April and November 2020. The seven-seat Ertiga MPV, on the other hand, has shown tremendous growth of 415% going from 3,324 units to 17,109 units in terms of sales of its Tour M CNG and VXi CNG variants.