Maruti debuts first mass-market hybrid sedan with Ciaz variant1 min read . Updated: 01 Sep 2015, 02:17 PM IST
Maruti launched diesel hybrid version of its Ciaz sedan priced between Rs8.23 lakh and Rs10.17 lakh
New Delhi: India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd on Tuesday introduced a diesel hybrid version of its Ciaz sedan, which will cost ₹ 8.23-10.17 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Hybrid cars generate electric power from braking, which charges a lithium ion battery that then powers the car. The Ciaz variant’s price includes a ₹ 13,000 subsidy for hybrid cars that took effect on 1 April. The subsidy was announced in the Union budget for 2015-16.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley has set aside ₹ 75 crore to promote electric and hybrid vehicles. The subsidy is a part of the larger plan to sell as many as 6 million two-wheelers, cars and commercial vehicles by 2020. In the long run, the government plans to spend ₹ 12,000 crore on battery technology, infrastructure and subsidies.
While electric two-wheeler makers and Mahindra Reva were quick to take advantage of the subsidy, Maruti is the first mass market company to enter the segment.
“We are proud to introduce India’s hybrid car. It also gives us an opportunity to participate in India’s vision to promote electric and hybrid vehicles," Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and chief executive, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, said.
The Ciaz hybrid claims to be India’s most fuel-efficient car, with a mileage of 28.09 km per litre.