Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has said that the company is developing a diesel engine for mid-size sedan, which will be ready by the middle of 2011.
“Currently work is going on for developing a diesel engine for mid-sized sedans. Our engineers are developing it internally and we are hopeful of getting it ready by mid (of) next year,” MSI Managing Director and CEO Shinzo Nakanishi said.
He also said that the company will utilise the new engine for launching the diesel variant of its premium sedan SX4. MSI currently sources diesel engines for Swift, DZiRE and Ritz from Italian carmaker Fiat.
The company had announced an investment of over Rs 3,500 crore to expand capacity at the Manesar facility. Talking about the company’s upcoming second and third production units at its Manesar facility, Nakanishi said, “Opening of the second plant will be preponed by about six months to the end of 2011. We are also trying to advance operations at the third plant, which is scheduled to start in 2013.”
At present, MSI has an annual capacity of 8.5 lakh units at its Gurgaon plant, and the Manesar plant can produce 3.5 lakh units per annum, with the overall capacity of 12 lakh units per year.
He said that MSI will close down the operations at the Gurgaon and Manesar facilities from December 25, 2010 to January 2, 2011 for annual maintenance work.