Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Maruti logs highest ever sales of CNG cars at 1.57 lakh units in financial year 2020-21

The auto major Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) had sold 1,06,444 CNG units in 2019-20

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NEW DELHI: Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Wednesday said it has sold over 1.57 lakh CNG cars in FY21, its highest ever in a fiscal.

The auto major had sold 1,06,444 CNG units in 2019-20.

MSI sells a range of factoryfit­ted CNG cars, including Alto, Celerio, Wagon-R, S-PRESSO, Eeco, Ertiga, Tour S and Super Carry.

“We see CNG as a technology that has set a new benchmark in green fuel mobility.

Maruti Suzuki offers its customers the widest options of factory- fitted CNG-powered cars.

“At the same time, CNG is becoming one of the most preferred alternativ­e fuels due to its economic cost of running (as compared to high prices of petrol and diesel) and improved CNG filling infrastruc­ture,” MSI Executive Director (Marketing & Sales) Shashank Srivastava said.

With the government’s clear focus on expansion of CNG outlets in the country, the company is confident of greater acceptance of factory-fitted CNG vehicles, even in challengin­g times, he added.

MSI’s S-CNG vehicle range is aligned to the government’s vision to reduce oil import, the company said in a statement.

The government aims to enhance the share of natural gas in the energy basket of the country from 6.2 per cent now to 15 per cent by 2030.

The company’s S-CNG technology will play a critical role in democratis­ing green cars in the country, MSI noted.

It further said the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the gas industry are working aggressive­ly on the expansion of CNG stations across the country.

Despite a complete lockdown in the initial months of FY21, more than 700 stations have been added in the last one year alone, a growth of more than 50 per cent, MSI said.

This rate of network expansion will aid the demand for CNG vehicles, it added.

MSI’s S-CNG vehicle range is aligned to the government’s vision to reduce oil import, the company said in a statement

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