Maruti Suzuki is India’s largest carmaker company. Now Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) plans to bring more hybrid technology based products for the next few years as concern for safeguarding environment increases in India.
Recently Maruti Suzuki is working on a low cost hybrid technology to make its low cost cars even more frugal.
Maruti Suzuki India’s MD and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said that, “As a market leader and a responsible corporate citizen, we are fully sensitive to our duty towards the environment. We were the first ones to launch mild hybrid products with reasonably good volumes. This process of hybridisation will be expanded further in the next few years.”
Usually hybrid technology vehicles have non-conventional propulsion system like an electric motor, and also engine that runs on conventional fuel. They include mechanisms to capture energy.
While hybrid vehicles offer better and best fuel efficiency and also more ecofriendly. Maruti Suzuki India chairman RC Bhargava told that the Japanese parent of India’s No. 1car maker by sales, has already started working on the hybrid technology based products.
He also said that, “We need a hybrid system suitable for small cars which is low cost. The systems available today are expensive. I do think the development of low-cost hybrid is necessary, quite like the AMT we came out with.”
Maruti Suzuki India was the first that introduce an AMT or automated manual transmission version in India with its Celerio.
Bhargava said that, “Nobody else does the AMT at that scale, but the Indian customers require that AMT in small cars. People can’t afford to get an automatic at Rs. 1 lakh premium.”