Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has announced a growth of 23 percent in the sales of factory-fitted CNG vehicles in 2014-15 fiscal at 62,996 units. Maruti, India's largest automajor, sold a total of 51,215 units of factory-fitted CNG vehicles in FY 2013-14. Currently, the company has 6 multi-fuel (Petrol+CNG) vehicles in its arsenal - Alto 800, Alto K10, Celerio, Wagon R, Eeco and Ertiga.
"The contribution of CNG vehicles to total sales increased to 5.4 per cent from 4.9 per cent in FY 2013-14," MSI said in a statement. The company further said that it was the first Company to introduce factory-fitted CNG cars in India in 2010, while the CNG variants of Alto K-10 and Celerio were launched in 2014-15. In cities like Delhi and Mumbai where distribution infrastructure is in place and CNG for automobiles is available, almost 50% sales of Wagon R, Eeco and Ertiga are accounted for by the CNG variants. CNG is a cleaner fuel and emits a negligible amount of PM10 and PM2.5. Powered by the acclaimed Intelligent Gas Port Injection (i-GPi) technology, MSIL’s CNG vehicles deliver the advantage of best in class fuel efficiency, besides safety, reliability and performance.
The i-GPI works on Dual-ECU (Engine Control Unit) technology. This highly reliable system delivers accurate amount of gas to the engine thus ensuring improved and consistent performance under various driving conditions. The i-GPI technology uses separate injectors for each cylinder. Based on inputs from the ECU, optimum CNG quantity is injected to the engine through gas ports. The quantity of CNG required for different driving conditions is controlled by the dedicated ECU, leading to more efficient fuel usage.