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India to get more Hybrid Vehicles

By Motortrend India Staff   |   03 August,2008

After the successive launch of the Civic Hybrid, many car manufacturers are planning to launch hybrid cars in the Indian market.

One of them is the Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) which is all set to introduce a start-stop option of its Scorpio diesel-electric hybrid by this year end. The Hybrid version of the Bolero is also in the lineup, this model will be a start-stop as well. The start-stop option in the engine assists it to shuts off and restarts automatically. The hybrid vehicle is equipped with other special features like the regenerative braking, electric launch and torque supplementation by an electric motor.

Mr. Pawan Goenka, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “We plan to launch the start-stop option of the Scorpio hybrid before the end of this year since it is fuel efficient without adding on too much cost.”

At present the Honda Civic hybrid is the only fully hybrid version in the Indian market. Priced at Rs 22 lakh, the car is imported as completely-built-unit (CBU) from Japan. It is motorized by a 1.3-litre petrol engine and an electric motor that delivers 47%-more fuel efficiency than the regular 1.8-litre Civic.

The Toyota Motors is also planning to launch the Prius hybrid in India by 2009-10. The hybrid version of the Tata Indica is also on the cards.

After the reduction of excise-duty on the hybrid vehicles from 24% to 14% by the government, the auto manufacturers are looking forward to roll out more hybrids in India. Hope these models get the customers recognition and record success in the Indian market.

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