GM India launches CNG version of Chevy Optra
New Delhi, Aug 25: General Motors India, wholly-owned unit of the US car major General Motors, today launched its bi-fuel vehicle, Chevrolet Optra CNG, which can be run on petrol as well as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
The vehicle has an improved Italy-based CNG kit and a standard petrol tank as well, and under normal driving conditions has a range of 140-150 kilometres. The running cost of the car is estimated to be 70 per cent lower than a similar vehicle powered by petrol.
''With its combination of modern Italian design, generous list of standard features and roomy interior, Chevrolet Optra CNG provides outstanding value for money in this segment,'' GM President and Managing Director Rajeev Chaba said.
The Chevrolet Optra CNG has been priced at Rs 7.61 lakh (ex-shworoom Delhi) and additional Rs 49,000 for the CNG kit.
Further, a timing advance processor and Lambda sensor have been provided to ensure engine efficiency in both fuel modes.
To ensure safety, the Optra CNG has been fitted with a solenoid valve that shuts off automatically in case of a collision, even if the ignition switch is on.
Initially, Optra CNG will be available in cities where CNG is available, including Delhi, Mumbai and Gujarat, through GM India dealerships. The current Optra 1.6 owners also can have a CNG kit installed on their vehicles.
GM India is also offering a two-year/40,000-kilometre standard warranty and 24-hour after-sales support through the GM India service helpline.
The company has launched its Aveo sedan, Tavera Neo and SRV sportsback on Chevrolet platform recently.
It has announced expanding its dealership network this year from the present 85 sales points to 110 sales points. Two new parts distribution centres have also been set up this year in Maharashtra and Delhi to supplement existing centres in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.