Maruti Suzuki Celerio diesel engulfed in flames, driver burnt to death [VIDEO]

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In an unfortunate incident last week on the Navsari – Surat highway in Gujarat, a 6 month old Maruti Suzuki Celerio diesel suddenly caught fire at 6:45 am while it was being driven. Such was the sudden nature of the incident that the driver could not get out of the car. He was killed inside the car itself.

The hatchback was being driven by 32 year old Dr. Jitedra Parmar. According to the source, the car caught fire while in motion without any forceful cause. The flames quickly spread all over, giving the driver no time to get out of the vehicle. An onlooker went to save the driver, but even he burnt his hands in the process.

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Firefighters did come to the scene, but enough amount of time had passed by then and they themselves took 15 minutes to put the fire out. Though an investigation is being carried out, the fire is expected to have been caused through a short circuit.

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The Maruti Suzuki Celerio diesel is priced between Rs. 4.65 lakhs to Rs. 5.71 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) and has sold more than 1.3 lakh units since its launch in India. With a mileage of 27.62 km/l from a 793cc, two-cylinder engine, it is among the top 5 most fuel efficient cars in our country.

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There have been no prior safety issues regarding the Celerio diesel, making this particular incident a first of its kind with the same car. So a proper investigation can only reveal the exact cause. Today however, the manufacturer revealed that every single variant of the Celerio hatchback now come with optional ABS and dual front airbags, making it a very good car to consider if the customer is looking for a safe car in the segment.

Source – Divya Bhaskar