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With rising fuel costs, a CNG car is pocket-friendly option

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November 27, 2020 16:34 IST
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They are economical to drive and the maintenance is light on your pocket. And with petrol and diesel prices skyrocketing in India, CNG cars are emerging as the best option in the market. Over the past decade, more customers are shifting their preference to CNG cars because of its low running cost and fuel economy. 

But along with its popularity, the misconceptions around CNG continue to float around. The common gripes include, not being powerful enough or not a safe option to drive around or shorter engine life. If you are among those who are considering making a switch but are sceptical about investing in a CNG vehicle, read on. 

Driving experience in CNG car isn’t as smooth as petrol/diesel car

This is one of the staunchest myths floating around, but there is not an iota of truth to it. If you have driven a CNG car, you will realise that the experience is exactly like driving any conventionally-powered vehicle. Chances are you won’t be able to tell whether you are driving the car on petrol/diesel mode or on CNG.

The benefit of a factory-fitted CNG is that the chassis, suspension setup and braking system are designed and tuned in the factory to deliver optimum performance across all kinds of terrains. 

Take the Maruti Suzuki S-CNG cars for instance. The Maruti’s intelligent injection system is equipped with interdependent electronic control units that constantly maintain an optimal air-to-fuel ratio ensuring the car is never short of power, irrespective of the terrain you are driving on. The enhanced braking system and optimised suspension setup in Maruti cars ensure a smooth driving experience that isn’t hindered by the added CNG load. 

Is travelling with a CNG gas tank safe?

Let’s put this into perspective. CNG is a gaseous fuel so it is easy to identify a leak because of its odour.  Secondly, retro-fitted CNG kits can be dangerous if not done by licensed agencies or aren’t fitted properly. Maruti Suzuki is the first automobile company to introduce factory-fitted CNG technology in India and they ensure that all S-CNG vehicles are tested for crashworthiness and durability with the entire CNG system in place.

Moreover, the dual solenoid system in Maruti Suzuki only releases the gas when the vehicle switches to CNG mode. The microswitch ensures that the vehicle is switched off and does not start while refuelling the vehicle. CNG variants from Maruti come equipped with a leak-proof and corrosion resistant design and each S-CNG vehicle is reinforced with stainless steel pipes, thereby eliminating any chance of hazards. 

Your journey might be cut short after CNG gas runs out

Just not true. When your car runs out of CNG while the engine is running, it will automatically switch to petrol mode. Don’t be alarmed if the CNG malfunction warning lamp starts blinking, it is just an indicator to notify and you can continue driving without having to stop. To acknowledge this switch and to turn off the blinking of the warning lamp, you will need to press the changeover switch once. Although your car runs primarily on CNG, always maintain a sufficient amount of petrol in the tank to prevent the engine from stalling in case of an automatic changeover from CNG to petrol mode.

CNG cars are high maintenance

One of the most common misconceptions about CNG cars is that spark plugs and filters have to be changed often. This doesn’t hold water. CNG cars need the same maintenance as their petrol/diesel counterparts. If you buy a factory-fitted car from Maruti Suzuki, remember to have timely and periodic maintenance checks, as the manufacturer recommends. Whenever you need to get your CNG kit tuned, make sure to visit only authorised service centres. Getting your tuning done by an unqualified mechanic exposes your car to a number of issues from increased vibrations to strain on engine’s fuel injectors. Buying an S-CNG car from Maruti Suzuki gives you access to 4000+ service centres across India, which means you will find a service centre every few kilometres with experts you can rely on. 

CNG cars aren’t really cost-effective

Again, just a myth. Did you know that CNG gives more fuel economy in comparison to petrol or diesel? The reason is that it is a much lighter fuel that enables your engine to deliver better fuel efficiency. Also, CNG has a significantly low running cost. This pricing means you can clock more miles at a cheaper cost. To add to it, S-CNG cars from Maruti Suzuki produce fewer emissions and are a cleaner solution for air pollution in urban areas.  

It’s time to debunk all the myths surrounding CNG cars and embrace a cleaner, safer world. Invest in an S-CNG variant by Maruti Suzuki, and you can rest assured of a driving experience designed for optimum performance and complete safety!

 

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With rising fuel costs, a CNG car is pocket-friendly option

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They are economical to drive and the maintenance is light on your pocket. And with petrol and diesel prices skyrocketing in India, CNG cars are emerging as the best option in the market. Over the past decade, more customers are shifting their preference to CNG cars because of its low running cost and fuel economy. 

But along with its popularity, the misconceptions around CNG continue to float around. The common gripes include, not being powerful enough or not a safe option to drive around or shorter engine life. If you are among those who are considering making a switch but are sceptical about investing in a CNG vehicle, read on. 

Driving experience in CNG car isn’t as smooth as petrol/diesel car

This is one of the staunchest myths floating around, but there is not an iota of truth to it. If you have driven a CNG car, you will realise that the experience is exactly like driving any conventionally-powered vehicle. Chances are you won’t be able to tell whether you are driving the car on petrol/diesel mode or on CNG.

The benefit of a factory-fitted CNG is that the chassis, suspension setup and braking system are designed and tuned in the factory to deliver optimum performance across all kinds of terrains. 

Take the Maruti Suzuki S-CNG cars for instance. The Maruti’s intelligent injection system is equipped with interdependent electronic control units that constantly maintain an optimal air-to-fuel ratio ensuring the car is never short of power, irrespective of the terrain you are driving on. The enhanced braking system and optimised suspension setup in Maruti cars ensure a smooth driving experience that isn’t hindered by the added CNG load. 

Is travelling with a CNG gas tank safe?

Let’s put this into perspective. CNG is a gaseous fuel so it is easy to identify a leak because of its odour.  Secondly, retro-fitted CNG kits can be dangerous if not done by licensed agencies or aren’t fitted properly. Maruti Suzuki is the first automobile company to introduce factory-fitted CNG technology in India and they ensure that all S-CNG vehicles are tested for crashworthiness and durability with the entire CNG system in place.

Moreover, the dual solenoid system in Maruti Suzuki only releases the gas when the vehicle switches to CNG mode. The microswitch ensures that the vehicle is switched off and does not start while refuelling the vehicle. CNG variants from Maruti come equipped with a leak-proof and corrosion resistant design and each S-CNG vehicle is reinforced with stainless steel pipes, thereby eliminating any chance of hazards. 

Your journey might be cut short after CNG gas runs out

Just not true. When your car runs out of CNG while the engine is running, it will automatically switch to petrol mode. Don’t be alarmed if the CNG malfunction warning lamp starts blinking, it is just an indicator to notify and you can continue driving without having to stop. To acknowledge this switch and to turn off the blinking of the warning lamp, you will need to press the changeover switch once. Although your car runs primarily on CNG, always maintain a sufficient amount of petrol in the tank to prevent the engine from stalling in case of an automatic changeover from CNG to petrol mode.

CNG cars are high maintenance

One of the most common misconceptions about CNG cars is that spark plugs and filters have to be changed often. This doesn’t hold water. CNG cars need the same maintenance as their petrol/diesel counterparts. If you buy a factory-fitted car from Maruti Suzuki, remember to have timely and periodic maintenance checks, as the manufacturer recommends. Whenever you need to get your CNG kit tuned, make sure to visit only authorised service centres. Getting your tuning done by an unqualified mechanic exposes your car to a number of issues from increased vibrations to strain on engine’s fuel injectors. Buying an S-CNG car from Maruti Suzuki gives you access to 4000+ service centres across India, which means you will find a service centre every few kilometres with experts you can rely on. 

CNG cars aren’t really cost-effective

Again, just a myth. Did you know that CNG gives more fuel economy in comparison to petrol or diesel? The reason is that it is a much lighter fuel that enables your engine to deliver better fuel efficiency. Also, CNG has a significantly low running cost. This pricing means you can clock more miles at a cheaper cost. To add to it, S-CNG cars from Maruti Suzuki produce fewer emissions and are a cleaner solution for air pollution in urban areas.  

It’s time to debunk all the myths surrounding CNG cars and embrace a cleaner, safer world. Invest in an S-CNG variant by Maruti Suzuki, and you can rest assured of a driving experience designed for optimum performance and complete safety!

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