Maruti Suzuki India plans to expand its diesel engine capacity to meet growing demand.
“We will add more capacity if required, and can go beyond the 3-lakh capacity we are building at the Manesar facility. We will be making the same line-up of 1.3-litre DDiS multi-jet engine that has been licensed from Fiat. There are no plans to go in for any other engine size at present,” Maruti Suzuki India MD Shinzo Nakanishi told ET. MSI currently manufactures one lakh engines at Manesar, which is its global hub to manufacture diesel engines. These are supplied to Suzuki’s subsidiary in Hungary as well. “The demand for diesel cars is growing in India and we are planning to restart our exports to Europe, which is predominantly a diesel market. Demand for diesel vehicles is also increasing in Japan and we plan to supply them from India,” Nakanishi added. The company has announced plans to raise its annual diesel engine capacity to three lakh from the original one lakh at Manesar. These engines currently come only in the Swift hatchback. Maruti Suzuki is also expanding its portfolio and will launch the same 1.3-litre DDiS engine in Dezire, its three-box variant of Swift that will debut in March.
The company is planning to introduce next-generation engines in its cars, which will start after the debut of concept A-Star in October. These Euro-V compliant engines are expected to start rolling from next year for different models. “These engines are far more fuel-efficient and environment-friendly. These will be incorporated across our fleet in a phased manner,” Nakanishi added. (The Economic Times)