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Maruti to add BS-VI diesel variants of Ciaz, Ertiga, S Cross, Vitara Brezza: Report

Maruti feels it will lose a sizeable market share if it vacates this space to rivals

 
 
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Auto major Maruti Suzuki India is having second thoughts on removing diesel vehicles from its portfolio, reported The Economic Times. The rethink is driven by the decision of its competitors -- Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), Tata Motors, Hyundai Motor India and Honda Cars -- to continue in this segment, the publication quoted sources as saying.

Ahead of the rollout of Bharat Stage-VI norms from April 1, 2020, Maruti has officially confirmed that it will discontinue the diesel engines in its line-up due to the high costs of upgrading them to meet the new emission norms. Over the past few months, it has phased out its diesel models, except for the BS-IV versions of the Vitara Brezza and the DZire Tour.

On November 22, Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director (Marketing) - Maruti, clarified that the company would not manufacture small diesel vehicles of the BS-VI standard but would reconsider if the market remained trendy. A few days later, on December 1, a diesel BS-VI variant of the Ertiga was spotted being tested on Indian roads.

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As per the report, the management now feels it will lose a sizeable market share if it vacates this space to rivals. ET sources said Maruti might stop selling diesel cars ahead of the April 1 deadline but might re-enter the market in 2021.

Moneycontrol could not independently verify the report.

The New Delhi-based company is reportedly working on a 1.5-litre, BS-VI compliant diesel engine. Diesel variants of this engine will power the Ciaz, Ertiga, S Cross, Vitara Brezza and a seven-seater version of the SUV, sources told the paper, but added that the move will happen in stages. “In case of the Swift, Baleno and DZire, it would offer a CNG or hybrid engine as an additional option to buyers along with petrol, as there would be no diesel variants,” the sources stated.

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First Published on Dec 13, 2019 10:23 am
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