Maruti Suzuki has officially announced to cease production of diesel cars in India by March 2020. The company is currently busy in exhausting the stocks of diesel powered models. A new media report claims that Maruti Suzuki is witnessing a sudden increase in diesel cars demand. The sudden surge has compelled the automaker to ramp up the production of the Dzire and the Vitara Brezza diesel models.
Maruti Suzuki is offering huge discounts and extended warranty to clear the inventory of Bharat Stage-IV variants. The special benefits have attracted buyers looking to buy a new car. In the past couple of months, retail sales of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza almost doubled to 13,000-14,000 units.
In order to meet the rising demand, Maruti Suzuki has extended the production of Brezza’s diesel variants by a month to January. The company has also increased the output by 3,000-4,000 units each in November and December to about 12,000 units. The report further claims that Maruti Suzuki will produce around 30,000 units of diesel vehicles in the next 3 months. These numbers are around 30-5% more than the company’s previous plan. Maruti Suzuki has also hired 1000 temporary workers to ramp up the production.
Maruti Suzuki has also started working on the petrol version of the Vitara Brezza. It is expected to be launched in early 2020, most probably in January. The new model will receive the 1.5-litre K15B, 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with dual-battery SHVS mild hybrid system. While powering the Ertiga and Ciaz, this engine produces 103.5bhp and 138Nm of torque.