Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Tuesday launched the hybrid version of mid-sized sedan Ciaz priced between Rs 8.23 lakh and Rs 10.17 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The hybrid version (available only in diesel) is priced Rs 8000-20,000 lower than the corresponding outgoing pure diesel versions. The firm said the car would offer fuel efficiency of 28.09 km/litre.
MSI’s move to launch Ciaz SHVS comes in the wake of the government launching FAME India scheme in April to promote eco-friendly vehicles that envisages to provide Rs 795 crore support till 2020 for the manufacturing and sale of electric and hybrid vehicles.
The Ciaz SHVS will get reduced excise benefit of 12.5 per cent instead of 24 per cent on the normal version. Moreover, it will also get Rs 13,000 benefit under the FAME scheme.
Kenichi Ayukawa, MD and CEO, MSIL said, “By offering support through the FAME programme, the government has ensured that hybrid technology becomes more attractive and accessible.” At present, Toyota’s Prius and Camry Hybrid priced at a range of Rs 31.92 lakh and Rs 39.80 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) are full range hybrids available in the Indian market.