Maruti is the reason for ‘kitna deti hai’ culture in India , and i do not mean to criticize them a bit. But this has been a head ache for most other manufacturers. Maruti is breaking new ground in the C segment. Firstly, they were able to finally crack the sedan ‘code’ properly with Ciaz and has stabilized itself behind segment leader Honda City and a large gap with number three, Hyundai Verna.
Now, with the diesel advantage considerably evaporating, Maruti Suzuki is doing something path breaking by completely replacing the diesel with the hybrid version. And the report suggests that 2015 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Hybrid in India will return a class leading mileage of 28 kmpl which could help it snatch the no.1 tag from Honda City.
Ciaz, which will come with a Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS), a mild hybrid system mated with a 1.3 litre diesel engine, is likely to be priced aggressively, which may be at a marginal premium, or Rs 25,000 to Rs 40,000 costlier. The technology in actuality is costly, but the price would be offset by government incentives of lower excise duty of 12.5 per cent and subsidy extension of Rs 12,000- Rs 13,000 under electric and hybrid vehicle policy of FAME. This will help the company save around one lakh rupees.
The company will bring the technology to other models like Swift and Swift Dzire, and is targeting to cross the 30 kmpl barrier. Maruti Suzuki introduced Indians to cars, made us cost conscious, introduced us to Automated Manual Transmission and now, the hybrid technology. These technologies were available earlier as well, but brought to common man at affordable rates by Maruti Suzuki which is creditable. 2015 Maruti Suzuki Hybrid Ciaz will be launched in India this week.