MARUTI UDYOG Ltd (MUL) unveiled diesel version of Swift in the Indore market on Saturday. Swift Diesel is powered by 1.3 litre DDiS engine, which is silent, clean, compact and powerful while offering superior fuel effici-ency, according to the company.
Company Chief General Manager C K Dave, who was in the City to unveil the new car, told reporters, “Swift diesel was launched because we believe that the customer today needs high-technology compact diesel car, and we except it to
create a new segment in the Indian market.”
He said there was a gap between an entry-level compact car and high-priced sedan in terms of price and performance, and existing diesel cars are just a compromise choice for most consu-mers.
Dave said MUL has sold over one lakh units of Swift petrol, which was launched in 2005. The company has carried out field trials for over two years before launching the diesel model. The engine that powers the Swift Diesel, he said, is an improved and more powerful version of the engine that was rated ‘engine of the year 2005’ in the 1-1.4 litre category in Europe.
Terming the car as the ‘best combination of power and fuel efficiency’, Dave, however, refused to give any figures, saying that it was for the customers to judge how fuel economical the new model was. The new car is available in two models, Swift LDi priced at Rs 4,70,155 and Swift VDi with a price tag of Rs 4,98,901 (ex-showroom Indore).
MUL obtained diesel engine technology from Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) through a technical licence agreement with Fiat and Adam Opel.
The engine is being manufactured at SMC and MUL’s diesel engine plant in Manesar near Gurgaon. SMC and MUL will invest over Rs 2,500 crore in the plant by 2010.
The new facility has a capacity to manufacture 100,000 diesel engines annually, which is being scaled up to 300,000 engines.