Maruti Suzuki has achieved another feat in its glorious track record in the Indian car market. The Indo-Japanese auto manufacturer has sold more than 3 lakh AMT equipped cars in the domestic market since the technology’s inception in 2014. Popularly known as the Auto Gear Shift (AGS), the technology was first introduced to the Celerio hatchback and currently it is available in models like Alto K10, Wagon R, Swift, Ignis, Dzire and the Vitara Brezza as well.
Considering the heavily congested roads in the Indian cities, the dual pedal technology is something that relieves the driver from the hassle of constant clutch pressing and gear shifting in bumper to bumper traffic conditions. Also, the automated manual transmission offers generous fuel of efficiency like the manual transmission, while the fully automatic transmission is known for being less fuel efficient. Apart from that, the AMT also offers the driver manual mode.
Interestingly, not only Maruti Suzuki, but its competitor brands like Hyundai, Tata Motors and Honda too are enhancing the number of dual-pedal technology equipped cars in India. Also, the popularity of the dual pedal technology like AMT and CVT has increased among the domestic buyers significantly in last few years. It is considered that one of the main USP for the high popularity of Celerio has been the availability of the AGS in this car.
The AGS has been a very popular option for the buyers in India. Presently 43% of the total sales of Celerio are attributed to the AGS equipped models. On the other hand, 28% and 17% of the total sales of Ignis and Dzire are attributed to the AGS models. Speaking about the future goals of Maruti Suzuki, the automaker aims to sell 2 lakh AMT equipped cars in the current financial year.
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