Maruti Suzuki has made itself a juggernaut it is today by making cars that are fuel efficient and cost-effective. Maruti is taking some more steps to ensure that its cars give better average than before and is able to satiate the thirst of the ever-mileage-hungry Indian consumer. According to a report on Economic Times, the car major is developing an affordable hybrid technology to offer on its small cars, from the Alto to the Swift.
The development is going on in Japan with inputs from the R&D department in India. The research is in an advanced stage and is expected to be available on cars within the next 3-4 years. ET spoke to Maruti Chairman, RC.Bhargava, who stated, “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 was also the first manufacturer to come out with automatic transmission (AMT) in the Celerio hatchback, which instantly became a runaway success due to its affordability and minimal price difference.
Hybrid technology consists of a system that usually consists of an electric motor that can work independently or in conjunction with a combustion engine. This system can also harness energy that would otherwise be lost as heat during braking and uses it to recharge the batteries.
If Maruti is able to bring this technology in to mass production it would result in its cars being 20-30 per cent more fuel-efficient. Experts say that with this development the Indian auto major will be able to take the mileage of its vehicles above the 25kmpl mark.
Maruti is not alone in its endeavor to make hybrid vehicles. ET also reports that, Mahindra & Mahindra is also working on a hybrid version of its popular XUV 500 SUV. The government is also willing to support the development of hybrids as it will help ease the load of its huge import bill on crude oil to some extent.
Source: Economic Times