Maruti Suzuki is all set to manufacture their own in-house diesel engines like their most trusted petrol engines in India. Car buyers these days are shifting preferences to diesel car with the obvious reason that is rise in petrol prices that rather demands for more production of diesel cars and is sensible for Maruti Suzuki to develop their own engines rather than exporting from an external source.
Maruti Suzuki is planning to develop their own diesel engines at Rohtak in Haryana for which the company has made an approximate investment of Rs. 900 crores to establish a new R&D centre. The engines that are going to be developed is believed to be a 1.0 litre 3-cylinder diesel engine to start with that is expected to power their small cars like the Wagon R.
Maruti Suzuki should also concentrate on their petrol cars which is of equal importance for few buyers left out and with regard to that, Managing director of Maruti Suzuki, Mr. Shinzo Nakanishi also rightly said that it was impossible to offer diesel variants for all its models. Hence, the company has offered CNG powered vehicles as well to keep its positiion firm in the market. Besides, the Alto continues to sell 20,000 units per month despite the petrol prices soaring high.
Though Maruti Suzuki’s diesel cars are the most powerful and fuel efficient in India, thanks to Fiat- which means expectations are high that they should be on par with the tried and tested diesel engines thats currently doing duty on the Swift, Swift Dzire, SX4, Ritz, and Ertiga that is powered by 1.3 litre Fiat diesel engines.