May 22, 2020. Maruti Suzuki India launched the BS VI-compliant S-CNG variant of its Super Carry small commercial vehicle (SCV). The launch is aligned to the carmaker’s Mission Green Million announced at Auto Expo 2020. Having already sold a million green vehicles (including CNG and smart hybrid vehicles), Maruti Suzuki aims to sell the next one million green vehicles in the next couple of years, spearheading their mass adoption across the country.
Maruti Suzuki claims the Super Carry is the first light commercial vehicle in the country to upgrade to a BS VI engine. Launched in July 2016, the Super Carry has sold a total of 56,585 units till end-March 2020, as per sales statistics available with Autocar Professional. This works out to an annual sales average of 14,146 units over a near-four-year period.
According to Shashank Srivastava, executive director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India, “With over 56,000 units sold through the 320-strong Maruti Suzuki Commercial Channel network, the Super Carry has been consistently outperforming the mini-truck segment. Especially conceptualised for the SCV segment user, the Super Carry offers best-in-segment power, enhanced comfort, superior quality and versatile deck. The Super Carry has helped businesses enhance their profitability, a testimony borne by the fact that the model became the second highest selling within just two years of launch. The bi-fuel S-CNG variant has been accepted very well in the SCV market and already contributes around 8% to the Super Carry sales. The introduction of the competitively priced BS6 compliant S-CNG variant, coupled with the Government’s renewed focus on CNG fuel availability, will further strengthen the Super Carry brand.”
The Super Carry develops maximum power of 48KW at 6000rpm and 85 Nm torque at 3000rpm. Its highlights include reverse parking sensor, seatbelt reminder, lockable glove box and a large loading deck. The Super Carry is the only SCV in the country with a dual fuel S-CNG variant with a 5-litre petrol tank.
Maruti Suzuki S-CNG vehicles are equipped with dual interdependent ECUs (Electronic Control Units) and intelligent injection system. These CNG-powered vehicles are factory fitted, and specially tuned and calibrated to deliver optimum performance and enhanced drivability across all kinds of terrains, according to the company.
Maruti Suzuki says its S-CNG vehicle range is aligned to and complements the government of India’s vision of reducing oil import and enhancing the share of natural gas in the energy basket of the country from 6.2% now to 15% by 2030. On its part, the government is working to rapidly increase CNG fuel pumps network in the country and the past year has seen a growth of 56% in new CNG stations. A total of 477 stations were added last year, against the previous five-year average of 156 stations.