India: Maruti Suzuki launches natural gas version of the Celerio
Striving towards providing a range of green and sustainable offerings to its customers, Maruti Suzuki India Limited rolled out BS6 compliant S-CNG variant of Celerio, as part of the company’s vision of ‘Mission Green Million.’ It is the seventh BS6 S-CNG offering from Maruti Suzuki, offering a mileage of 30.47 km/kg (Bharat Stage VI or BS6 is the most stringent emission standard issued by the Government of India).
“Celerio has always struck a chord with our customers for being a perfect car for city driving. The ‘Easy to Drive, Easy to Love’ Celerio became increasingly popular amongst young urban couples, appreciated for its comfortable ride, easy maneuverability and excellent fuel efficiency. It was also the first car to introduce Auto Gear Shift technology in India, pioneering the two pedal technology. With over 500,000 customers choosing Celerio, we hope to extend its popularity with the BS6 S-CNG variant. Maruti Suzuki is determined to propagate green and sustainable mobility in the country,” said Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited.
With CNG models in the market close to a decade back, Maruti Suzuki now offers an extensive range of green vehicles. Having already sold one million green vehicles (including NGVs and hybrids), the company aims to sell the next one million in the next couple of years, under its ‘Mission Green Million.’
Maruti Suzuki’s S-CNG vehicle range is aligned to and complements the Government of India’s vision of reducing oil import and enhancing the share of natural gas in the energy basket of the country from 6.2% now to 15% by 2030. The Government is working to rapidly increase CNG refueling network in the country. There has been a phenomenal growth of 56% in new filling station additions last year.