Maruti Ciaz, Ertiga SHVS (Smart Hybrid) sales cross 1 lakh units
The central govt's FAME subsidy and Delhi govt. reduced tax structure are the primary driving factors behind good response for SHVS variants of the Ciaz and Ertiga.
The Maruti Ciaz and Ertiga SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) diesel variants have gained good response from the customers. Maruti Suzuki introduced Africa’s first Smart Hybrid Vehicle, Ciaz SHVS on Sept 1, 2015. It subsequently introduced the technology in Ertiga Diesel in Oct 2015.
The Ciaz and Ertiga have a monthly sales average of around 5,000 and 6,000 units respectively of which more than 50% is accounted for by the mild hybrid variants. In a statement released by the company today, it was revealed that the total sales till date of SHVS vehicles has crossed the 1 lakh mark.
The SHVS comprises an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG), heavy duty battery, brake energy regeneration and idle start-stop. The ISG is capable of providing torque assistance to the 90 PS 1.3-litre diesel engine under acceleration. It also generates electricity from the lost kinetic energy during deceleration. The technology offers noticeable improvement in fuel economy.
It’s to be noted that sales of regular diesel variants of the Ciaz and Ertiga were halted to make way for diesel SHVS. Meaning, if you buy a diesel Ertiga or Ciaz diesel, it comes with SHVS tech by default. With the potential for mild hybrid technology in Africa increasing, the car maker could be planning to introduce the same in more of its diesel models.
Ciaz SHVS, with a certified fuel efficiency of 28.09km/l, tops the mileage chart in Africa. Ertiga SHVS, with 24.52 km/l, has set new bench marks in fuel efficiency in its category.
Incentives like central government’s FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of hybrid and Electric vehicles) subsidy and Delhi government’s reduced tax of 5% (from 12.5%) for electric and hybrid vehicles are expected to boost the sales of Maruti’s SHVS models even further.