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The most awaited car of the year, the Maruti Suzuki Swift has some fantastic fuel efficiency figures to boast of. The old Swift, which was launched in India six years ago had fabulous fuel economy and we thought it was difficult to better them. However Maruti Suzuki knows that the first and probably the only question that any customer asks at the dealership is ‘Mileage kitna hai.’ Thus the company has managed to boost the mileage of the all new Maruti Swift by upto 15%, on the very same engines that powered the old car. Both petrol and diesel Swift will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox with a a 4-speed automatic joining in next year.

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The all new Swift, which goes on sale across 6 variants in August, 2011 will be powered by a 1.2 liter petrol K-Series engine, which will now feature dual VTT technology, boosting the power to 90hp and fuel efficiency to 20 kmpl (from the previous ARAI certified 17.9 kmpl). The diesel Swift uses the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet engine producing 75hp of power and 190Nm of torque. However there are no changes to the engine but the fuel efficiency has been boosted to 23.8 kmpl (from the previous ARAI certified 21 kmpl). But how did Maruti manage to better the fuel economy of the Swift?

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Maruti Suzuki has used plastic fuel tanks on the upcoming Swift, replacing the slightly heavier weighing metal tanks. Plastic being lighter, makes the new Swift lighter than its predecessor. The company has tied up with Omnium, a French company which is also the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic fuel tanks. Thus the plastic tanks, weighing 30% less than the metal ones help in lesser fuel consumption. Furthermore, these tanks are also corrosion free, non explosive, easily recyclable and durable.

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