Carma-> the Ciaz gets huge excise and Infrastructure cess plus vat in key markets like Delhi VAT benefits for SHVS- which frankly is an excuse for a hybrid, the car can travel 0 kms in pure Hybrid mode and is probably far more poluting in NOX than many Petrol cars who are levied much higher excise duty.
In Delhi, the benefits given for SHVS is 23% and rest of country it is 16.5%, on road after considering road taxes, Insurance etc this must work out to 25% and rest of India 18% of the cost. With this kind of benefit I am surprised the competition is able to sell any cars in the segment.
For a car which is very very mild Hybrid this I feel this is an unfair trade practice thanks to Maruti's lobbying with the Govt. It is this which is driving the Sales numbers of Ciaz as it has a huge pricing advantage over the competition, I wouldn't mind if it was a proper Hybrid like say Camry or Prius, but the SHVS is just a cosmetic Hybrid and Maruti has just Lobbied to get its way on this.
For the benefit the CIAZ and Ertiga are getting for the Hybrid,
1) I wish all the emissions of C2 Sedans Like Ciaz, City Petrol,, City Diesel, Skoda Rapid, Vento emission norms are put of in public like Co2, Nox etc. Then we can see if CIAZ really deserves its tax breaks.
Remove this SHVS tax break and Maruti will lose it VFM
pricing and CIAZ will not do so well.
Similarly, BR-V suffers when compared to Ertiga SHVS.
The worst was the Govt putting its FAME policy out and within 2 months enters the CIAZ SHVS- which can never be done overnight. It shows the clout Maruti and Suzuki have in Government policies.