Suzuki’s most awarded gasoline K-series engine series has crossed the 25 lakh
(2.5 million) production milestone early August 2014.
K-series engines power Maruti cars like Alto K10, Celerio, Wagon R, Swift,
Dzire, Ertiga and Ritz. These engines are compact, light weight and fuel
efficient. The engines also power the alternate fuel (CNG and LPG) vehicles
offered by the company.
K-series engine was launched in India in 2008 on the A-star and has
progressively been introduced on a wider range of Maruti Suzuki cars. The
engines are manufactured deploying over 500 “foolproofing stations” that ensure
that top quality, zero defect engines roll out of the plant.
Raman, Executive Director, Engineering, Maruti Suzuki stated that the K-series
is one of the most refined gasoline engine technologies available in
India. The engine has gone key
improvements in several areas and in some of the recent launches such as Swift,
DZire, Ertiga & Celerio, the improvements have led to improved combustion,
higher compression ratio, reduced mechanical loss / friction and optimisation
of engine control system, etc.
Picture of the K10 engine, courtesy Maruti