Celerio may be seen as the new feather in Maruti’s cap, but prospective buyers may not be too thrilled, with a 7-month waiting list; effectively meaning delivery of fresh bookings only happen next year! This is being attributed to limited supply of Automated Manual transmission (AMT) units as the automaker has only one vendor, Magneti Marelli, in Italy to source the newly developed gearbox.
Presently, the key components of the AMT gearbox are being imported, however to cope up with rising demands, Magnetti Marelli will set up a facility within next one year alongside the Maruti's plant in Manesar.
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Prior to the Celerio launch, the company was expecting 25-30 per cent share to come from the AMT models but the response has surprised the company itself as almost half of the total bookings till date come are for the AMT models.
The Celerio entered the market as a successor of the A-Star and was a resounding success, unlike its predecessor. Being a competitively priced model, the most interesting bit of the Celerio is its newly-developed AMT transmission that is said to outsell the conventional gearbox in future.
The Celerio is powered by the tried and tested 1.0-litre KB10 engine, which has now been thoroughly upgraded. The 3-pot unit produces peak power of 67bhp and 90 Nm of torque. The Celerio is available in five variants, but AMT is being offered only on base and middle trim levels (LXi and VXi), while the top-end variant, ZXi, comes only in manual transmission.