Maruti Suzuki India Limited has planned to close its largest ever diesel engine assembly plant in Gurgaon in the future. The Suzuki Motor Corporation unit can either convert the diesel engine line in the Gurgaon plant to make a petrol engine or add a line for the gasoline engine at its plant in Manesar. Three people directly linked to this in this regard said this. Both factories are located in Haryana.
Demand for diesel vehicles has decreased in India and Maruti’s plan is to bring the fuel and CNG cars along with eco-friendly hybrid cars and electric cars. After the implementation of Bharat Stage VI (BS VI) emission norms in India from April 1, 2020, the sale of diesel cars is expected to fall sharply. Upgrading existing BS IV diesel engines to BS-VI norms will make them quite expensive. Keeping this in mind, Maruti has planned to stop the diesel engine.
At present, Maruti assembles the 1.3-liter diesel engine assembled from Fiat located in Gurgaon. These include the best-selling models such as Baleno, Vitara Brezza, and Ertiga. Gurgaon plant also makes 800 cc diesel engine. The capacity of the diesel assembly line in Gurgaon is approximately 170,000 engines per year. Automaker also prepares Fiat’s 1.3-liter diesel engine in its Manesar plant, with an annual capacity of approximately 300,000 units.