Daewoo Motors India will bring to the market a Cielo car
powered by compressed natural gas. The company will roll out in January 2000 a Cielo model
with a factory-fitted CNG engine. The model will be on display at the Auto Expo beginning
in New Delhi on 11 January, and it will be available in the market in about a month after
The company will offer the CNG option only for its Cielo
model. Its small car Matiz or the mid-size luxury Nexia models will not come with CNG
engines. Nor will it have a CNG car for export. This may be making a virtue of necessity
since Cielo sales have recently been very poor.
The CNG models are exclusive for India, according to the
company, and there is no proposal to make such models in any other Daewoo plant across the
world. The parent Daewoo Motor Company of Korea makes engines powered by LPG, or liquefied
The company says it has incorporated an advanced computer
chip in the CNG-powered engine. This, along with the multi-point fuel injection system,
enhances the vehicles overall performance.
Daewoo officials say that the CNG models road trials
have shown that it can bring down fuel expenses by 30 per cent compared to a petrol model.
It will also give better mileage, at 22.8 km per litre, compared to 12.5 km per litre of
petrol. In other words, the cost per kilometre will work out to 49 paise in the case of
CNG-powered engines against Rs 1.92 per km in the case of petrol engines.
Daewoo officials point out that the
emissions from the CNG-run car are very low, even lower than the levels
prescribed under Euro II norms.