Maruti Suzuki Introduces 5 Factory-Fitted CNG Vehicles
In brief: Maruti Suzuki, the largest car maker in India, has unveiled five popular models with intelligent-Gas Port Injection (i-GPI)for compressed natural gas (CNG) operation from the factory.
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Make/Model: SX4, Eeco, WagonR, Estilo, Alto
Manufacturer: Maruti Suzuki
The i-GPI technology is a dual engine control unit (ECU) which delivers accurate amounts of gas (CNG) to the engine. This ensures improved, consistent performance with separate injectors for each cylinder which meter CNG according to input from the i-GPI's ECU.
This means more power, more efficient fuel usage, and the vehicles reportedly run on par with their gasoline counterparts.
The CNG vehicles are factory-made to run on methane gas, so full warranties and other manufacturer's guarantees apply.
The cars come at a time when India's government has committed to installing a natural gas refueling infrastructure throughout the nation, since natural gas is produced locally, to reduce foreign oil and fuel imports.
And so ...
The CNG supply and fueling chain is expanding rapidly in India and with automakers like Maruti building CNG-specific models, it may only be a matter of time before these vehicles are the norm in India.
Photo credits: Maruti Suzuki
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