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Maruti 800 gets LPG version

Car market leader Maruti Suzuki India Limited launchea a LPG variant of its entry-level offering: Maruti 800.

autos Updated: Jun 07, 2008 00:57 IST

Car market leader Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) on Friday launched a liquified petroleum gas (LPG) variant of its entry-level offering, Maruti 800. The car will run both on LPG and petrol and attracts a price tag of Rs 2,05,682 for the standard version and Rs 2,26,177 for the AC version.

The Maruti 800 duo was economical, environment friendly and manufactured with factory-fitted kits, said Mayank Pareek, Executive Officer, Marketing and Sales, MSIL.

It works on a gas mixer system that results in optimum performance and superior emission, delivering a power of 35 bhp and a torque of 56 Nm. The LPG variant emits 10 per cent lower carbon dioxide than the petrol variant and has been designed in-house by a team of 24 engineers.

In its existing portfolio, Maruti already has Wagon R and Omni Cargo in LPG versions. The company has sold almost 125,000 cars that are powered by LPG and compressed natural gas. The LPG variants constitute around 23 per cent of national sales for the Wagon R and Omni.

"The success of these models is a clear reflection of customer preference for products that are safe, light on the pocket and environment friendly. We are sure that the Maruti 800 duo will find favour with customers as well," Pareek said.