Maruti Suzuki, India's leading car manufacturer has announced that it will stop working on its Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) variants and would roll out the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) variants of its entire portfolio by early 2010.
Maruti Alto, the bread and butter car for Maruti would be the first model to be rolled out with a CNG kit followed by the other cars in the Maruti Stable.
"We have stopped working on LPG models, because customers prefer CNG cars. We will launch the first CNG variant next year. We do not want our customers to wait in long queues and suffer because of lack of distribution network. We hope that the distribution network will strengthen by 2010 and at that time we will roll out the CNG cars," said R C Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India.
The company is looking forward for a more improved distribution network of CNG across the country, initially in the main cities. The company which had earlier offered CNG models has planned to reintroduce the models again every segment.
"We will start launching the CNG models at the same time with BS-IV compliant versions," said I V Rao, Managing Executive Officer (Engineering), Maruti Suzuki India.
BS-IV emission norms will be implemented in 11 cities of the country from the next year, and Maruti is gearing itself by bringing out.