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Old 18th July 2008, 23:12   #1
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I got this news article. Mahinda is planning to launch CNG version of Scorpio. Definatley the cost of petrol and diesel rising, they are aiming to do this to maintain sales.
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NEW DELHI : Aiming to expand the fleet of environment friendly vehicles in the country, homegrown auto major Mahindra & Mahindra on Thursday said it will introduce the CNG version of its SUV Scorpio, besides plans to launch electric vehicles.
The company on Thursday launched its CNG pick-up vehicle, Bolero Pik Up, in the pay-load of 1-1.5 tonne, priced at Rs 5.42 lakh. "Yes, over time it should happen. It is just a matter of time. As the availability and infrastructure improve, we will be there," Mahindra & Mahindra Vice President, (Marketing, Automotive Sector) Vivek Nayer told reporters here, when asked if the company would introduce eco- friendly variants in its passenger vehicle segment also.
He, however, declined to give any time frame for the possible CNG launch of Scorpio. The biggest challenge is the availability of CNG and the government should take an aggressive role in this direction, so that the fuel is available across the country, he added.
"In Pakistan, about 80 per cent of passenger vehicles run on CNG and this can happen in India also," Nayer said. Asked if the company would foray into electric vehicle segment, Nayer said, "Technology is already with us and we are capable of doing it. Availability of right infrastructure is the challenge as you will need proper facilities to charge your vehicles, while running across the city."
Elaborating on Bolero Pik Up, he said the vehicle would offer savings of upto 40 per cent on operating cost compared to a similar diesel vehicle, besides its 75 bhp engine providing superior pulling power in loaded conditions. In the next phase, the company would launch the vehicle in Gujarat and Mumbai, he added
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There goes the already limited boot space.
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CNG on a diesel car
Wasn't the running cost already lower that they had to introduce a CNG!
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A basic Question > can CNG be used on the existing diesel CRDE engine? or does it have to be a petrol type of engine?
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A basic Question > can CNG be used on the existing diesel CRDE engine?
With some modifications, CNG can be used in Diesel engines. Not sure wheather it can be used on the CRDe 2.2 ltr engine. With changes, it can be possible.
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Its a good move by M & M. They already rolled out CNG Bolero couple of days back.

I dont think CNG Scorpio will have CNG kit added to it, rather it would be based on CNG only and the cylinder will be fitted under the car rather then in the boot. It may have a small diesel tank for emergency use though.
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then the car would be useless outside major cities. It needs to have a large diesel tank.
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then the car would be useless outside major cities. It needs to have a large diesel tank.
You are right. The CNG fuel is available only in major cities. I dont think they are available even in Southern States.
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if you see the queues for CNG in Bangalore in the one or two bunks which stock it, you will not consider buying a CNG vehicle
sad but true

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You are right. The CNG fuel is available only in major cities. I dont think they are available even in Southern States.
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