Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL), leader
in passenger vehicles, today launched Ciaz SHVS, India’s first Smart Hybrid Diesel
Equipped with smart hybrid features including Idle Engine Start/Stop, Power Assist
and Brake Energy Regeneration, Ciaz SHVS is able to create a new benchmark in fuel
efficiency, making it friendly for the customer as well as the environment.
Ciaz Smart Hybrid participates in Government of India’s FAME* program which aims
to promote Hybrid and Electric vehicles in the country.
Ciaz Smart Hybrid was unveiled in the presence of Mr. Ambuj Sharma, Additional Secretary,
Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India.
On the occasion of the launch, Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO, MSIL,
said, “Through Ciaz Smart Hybrid, we are deploying technology to benefit the customer
and the environment, both at the same time. Brand Ciaz has been one of the major
success stories for Maruti Suzuki in the past one year. It has won nearly 60,000
customers in India and overseas and established itself as a leading brand in the
premium sedan segment. Ciaz Smart Hybrid will further strengthen its position.”
He emphasized “Ciaz Smart Hybrid is special also, because it helps us participate
in India’s vision of promoting hybrid and electric vehicles. By offering support
through the FAME program, the Government has ensured that hybrid technology, while
being clean and customer friendly, also becomes more attractive and accessible.”
Ciaz Smart Hybrid offers a fuel efficiency of 28.09 Km/l, enabling Ciaz to regain
the position of most fuel efficient diesel car in the country. It is followed by
Celerio Diesel and DZire Diesel.
How SHVS Works
SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology uses an Integrated Starter Generator
(ISG) and an advance high capacity battery. This system supplements engine’s power,
making it more efficient than the conventional set up. The energy saved while decelerating/braking,
which is otherwise lost, is stored in the advance high capacity battery and assists
during acceleration (for eg, gradient climbing). This combination results into a
peppy, powerful & fuel efficient vehicle
In CIAZ Smart Hybrid, the acclaimed DDiS 200 Variable Geometry Turbocharger super
combo is paired with the ISG for enhancing its performance & Fuel efficiency.
Smart Hybrid features
Idle Start Stop: The idle engine start/stop function on CIAZ Smart
Hybrid turns off the engine automatically when the car is idling. It restarts the
car as soon as the clutch is pressed. To re-start the engine, the system uses the
stored energy. Restart is by belt driven ISG thereby assuring quick and silent restart.
Power Assist: The stored energy in advanced high capacity battery
assists engine power during acceleration. This results into improved engine efficiency
and prevents unnecessary loss of fuel.
Brake Energy Regeneration:
Regeneration of the kinetic energy makes the Ciaz a true Smart Hybrid Diesel Car.
The ISG converts the energy from braking/deceleration of the car and stores it in
the battery. This stored energy is later used to drive the ISG, to assist the engine’s
idle start-stop function and assists the engine during acceleration.
Gear Shift Indicator: The gear shift indicator introduced in the
Ciaz Smart Hybrid prompts the driver to effectively change the gears, resulting
in enhanced fuel efficiency.
The CIAZ is high on the safety quotient too. Built on Suzuki’s Total Effective Control
Technology (TECT) CIAZ offers immense body rigidity and stability. It offers fortress-like
protection to the occupants. Extensive use of High Tensile Steel makes the body
stronger and safer. Several active and passive safety features like Dual Airbags,
Seatbelts with Pre-tensioners and Force Limiters, ABS with EBD, Rear Parking Sensors
and camera, Fog Lamps and Rear Defogger add to the safety of the passengers.
Caring for the environment
MSIL has pioneered the introduction of environment friendly programs ahead of government
regulations and the industry. Some of these include upgrading products to End of
Life Vehicle (ELV) norms of Europe, production of BS-IV and E-10 compliant engines,
introduction of factory-fitted CNG vehicles with i-GPI technology. MSIL has also
worked systematically towards reducing the CO2 emissions of its vehicles. Over the
last few years it was able to reduce the CO2 emissions by over 13% through various
fuel efficiency improvements initiatives. Use of hybrid technology in Ciaz is another
effort by the Company to contribute to a clean environment.