Team-BHP > BHP India > The Indian Car Scene

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 17th January 2006, 12:23   #1
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Some where i belong
Posts: 189
Thanked: 3 Times
Default Maruti coming up with LPG Wagon R

A four-wheeler that would run at a scooter's cost... ."

DELHI: With petrol prices headed only in one direction -- upward -- India's largest car manufacturer Maruti Udyog Limited is all set to market an alternate fuel technology vehicle that is claimed to be both cost-effective and environment-friendly.
This coming March, the company will launch the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) version of one of its most popular models -- Wagon R -- which it claims will be three times more cost-efficient besides being environment-friendly. And Maruti is likely to market it with the catchphrase: "A four-wheeler that runs at a scooter's cost... ."
To store the LPG cylinder, Maruti has compromised on the luggage storage area. "We have designed a circular cylinder and placed it in the slot meant for the spare tyre, which in turn has been fitted into the luggage unit by minimising wastage of space. Apart from this, there are no other major changes," says a senior Maruti official.
Asserting that high petrol prices would certainly push up sales of the new LPG vehicles, the official claimed that it was the first time an LPG system based on multi-point fuel injection (MPFI) technology was being introduced in the country. "We have the Maruti Omni LPG but that has a carburetted engine. Wagon R LPG model will be a passenger car fully certified for safety and quality."
Disclosing that the LPG version would cost about Rs.35,000 more than its petrol version, the official said: "The car will run around 300 km on a full cylinder and use petrol only to start the engine. Once the engine starts, the driver can switch over to LPG mode by pressing a button."
Explaining that research and designing for the LPG model had been done indigenously and the results had been encouraging during test-drives, the official said re-fuelling was one thing that makes people wary about the new technology. "But this scenario is expected to change soon as it will be made readily available across the country." "Not only the public sector undertaking but also a major private player is likely to enter this field in a big way. Already over 100 filling and dispensing stations are operating now in 24 cities, where Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore alone account for over 15 outlets each. Moreover, by the end of this year, 50 more cities will be added to the list," the official added.

thainogkok is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17th January 2006, 13:26   #2
Senior - BHPian
DCEite's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NCR
Posts: 3,129
Thanked: 757 Times

Yeah i saw this at the Auto-Expo.

The attendent told me that the Vehicle will be very Sluggish
DCEite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17th January 2006, 19:36   #3
narasimha raju's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 121
Thanked: 41 Times

good news for the people who wants to save few bucks on fuel expenses. Maruti can expect good sales as the car will come with manufacturer warranty. People may not bother even if it is sluggish as they save much on fuel costs.
narasimha raju is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st January 2006, 15:54   #4
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 3,783
Thanked: 2,124 Times

LPG has a higher octane value than Petrol so as an automotive fuel its better than CNG... No power loss only the torque output will decrease... the decrease in performance will be marginal unlike CNG.
extreme_torque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st January 2006, 18:04   #5
Team-BHP Support
Zappo's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 5,882
Thanked: 2,451 Times

Conjectures aside I have tried out a couple of LPG model cars (retrofitted). I think unless you have loaded in 5 healthy people and lottsa luggae and then trying to go up the Taj Banjara slope you do not realize much difference.

In fact I found that a LPG M800 with three people can even do wheelspins so easily.
Zappo is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New WagonR Duo OR Chevy Spark LS LPG OR Hyundai i10 LPG? Oxy Hatchbacks 39 24th August 2014 08:02
Santro GL LPG or Spark LS LPG arunjeetsingh Hatchbacks 13 28th April 2010 14:37
LPG car for my parents (Old Alto or new 800 LPG) jits_1998 Hatchbacks 7 9th October 2009 11:19
Palio 1.2 fitted with LPG Kit - Petrol level keeps coming down in LPG Mode shineshine Technical Stuff 9 10th May 2009 04:52
Wagon-R: VXi+LPG OR LXi+Upgrades+LPG? EDIT: Now booked LXi sohu9 Hatchbacks 14 16th January 2007 13:37

All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 13:02.

Copyright 2000 - 2019,
Proudly powered by E2E Networks