Going green is the new mantra for drivers across the world. Same is the case with India, where green cars are catching attention of car buyers. Driving green is the new fad among car owners, who appreciate a car that has a good mileage and green attitude. Vehicle owners are gradually accepting the fact that green technology is the new mantra for transportation in India.
Corresponding to this feeling, car manufacturers are ready to bring in fuel efficient cars to India. As a pre-cursor, new fuel efficient cars
were showcased at the recently held Geneva Motor Show in Germany. Some of the cars will also be seen in the Indian showrooms in the near future.
Though most of them are in the concept stage, the less polluting, alternative fuel run cars had received an overwhelming response at the show. The Volkswagen Polo, a major car in the European markets, is showcased with a new cutting-edge technology ‘Blue Motion Concept’. The diesel variant of the Polo that generates 89 bhp of power will make use of the new technology that injects urea into the engine and significantly increases the fuel economy. Volkswagen officials say that this technology has drastically increased the mileage to more than 26 km per litre. The car will be equipped with other green features like the start-stop system and regenerative braking technology (mostly seen in hybrids).
Another Polo variant run by a petrol engine promises to save up to 20 percent fuel compared to its predecessors. The company claims that the engine will produce 103 bhp of power.
The diesel variant of the car showcased at the Show that will be initially marketed in Europe promises to give a low fuel consumption of nearly 30 km per litre. Volkswagen plans to introduce the Polo in India by next year. A senior VW official, Ulrich Hackenberg, has confirmed that Polo will arrive in India with the Blue Motion technology. He revealed that the company is planning to release the new Polo by 2010 year in the Indian car market.
India’s most popular car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki is also dabbling with new technologies to increase the fuel economy of its cars (Maruti Suzuki’s cars have the highest fuel economy in India). The new Maruti Suzuki Alto is designed to save fuel similar to hybrids. The new Alto is equipped with the stop-start system which enables the car to automatically switch off while idling and come back to life at the press of accelerator. This will help to save a significant amount of fuel. The company is looking forward to introduce the model in India where Alto has been a huge success.
Mercedes-Benz has been in the forefront for launching fuel economy cars in the industry. Their Blue Efficiency equipped engines has been lauded worldwide in 2008. This year the German car manufacturer displayed the E-350 that delivers an average fuel economy of 18.8 km/l. The new E class has lower weight, sleek profile, and an efficient fuel economy system. The optimized 2.3L Blue TEC diesel engine can save up to 10-15 percent fuel per kilometer.