Maruti Suzuki would commence the trial production of Baleno hatch at the newly-built Gujrat plant from Q1 2017. It is being learnt that Maruti Baleno has reached its peak production of 12,000 units a month at the Gurgaon and Manesar production facilities. The Gujrat plant would start operations with an annual capacity 1.5 Lakh cars, initially. Just so you know, Maruti Baleno has a general waiting period of 4-5 months, while it is being retailed via the company's NEXA premium dealerships.
The start of production at Gujrat plant would help Maruti reduce the waiting period of Baleno. The Gujrat facility, with initial production capacity of 1.5 Lakh units, is expected to roll out 2.5 Lakh cars later on. The maximum capacity of the plant is beileved to be 7.5 Lakh vehicles per year. In addition, Maruti is working on yet another new production facility in Hansalpur, which would start operations once the first plant reaches its maximum capacity of 750,000 cars. In all, Maruti intends to wheel out a total of 1.5 Million (15 Lakh) vehicles annually from the two Gujrat facilities. Maruti Baleno would be the first car to roll out of Gujrat plant, while new-generation Swift DZire - based on the new-gen Swift hatch - is reported to be the second vehicle to enter production at the plant.
Recently, several reports claimed that Maruti has delayed the launch of Ignis micro-SUV to 2017 to clear the backlog of Baleno and Vitara Brezza bookings. Earlier, Maruti Ignis was expected to launch during the festive season of Diwali, around November 2016 with production starting around the last week of September. Now, with the micro-SUV's launch being pushed to 2017, it could also be developed at the Gujrat plant. Even, a few reports have stated that the Gujrat plant is going to be a global production hub for Ignis. Maruti Ignis had its first public appearance at the 2016 Auto Expo, and it would directly rival the Mahindra KUV100.
Source: Business Standard