India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki is reportedly, planning to increase the production of the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) version of its newly launched Celerio hatchback, in order to reduce the waiting period of the vehicle that currently stands at about four months. The company has ramped up the production of the Celerio to 6,500 units from the earlier 4,500 units.
The Celerio hatchback was launched in the country earlier this year in February and became, the first model in its segment to come with the new AMT technology. Ever since, its introduction, the AMT variant of the hatchback has received rave reviews and interest from the Indian market. The company reportedly, gathered over 57,800 units of the Celerio, out of which 43 per cent - that translates to 25,000 units - are for the AMT variant.
“We continue to try and increase the supply of the auto gear shift (Celerio) cars.” a company spokesperson said. Almost, 7,000 units of the Celerio AMT have been sold so far, while the sales numbers for the manual transmission stands at 22,000 units. The company has been hampered by supply constraints of the AMT sourced from Italy’s auto component major Magneti Marelli, which plants to shift its AMT production to Maruti Suzuki’s park at Manesar in India in about a year’s time.
As a refresher, Maruti Suzuki Celerio hatchback is currently priced at Rs 4.14 lakh and Rs 4.43 lakh, while the manual transmission models are priced between Rs 3.76 lakh and Rs 4.7 lakh. In May, the CNG variant of the Celerio was introduced in the Indian market with prices starting at Rs 4.68 lakh. (All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi.)