Maruti Suzuki Celerio has been a success ever since it was launched. However, not resting on their laurels, the company is going ahead with actively testing the Celerio diesel variant which has been spied and videotaped on test.
MSIL has noted increased demand for the Celerio AMT variant. Launched in February this year, the company has received over 57,800 bookings to date out of which 43% or 25,000 units are for the AMT variant.
Suzuki is working on a new low cost multi-purpose vehicle slated for sale in emerging Asian markets. To launch sometime in 2015, the new low cost MPV will be positioned below the Ertiga and compete head on with Datsun Go+ and Honda Mobilio.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited, India’s largest automaker, is working on a new diesel engine which is to be seen on board Celerio hatchback and the company’s Light Commercial Vehicles of the future. This new 800cc diesel engine, smallest in the market, is being developed at the Maruti Suzuki plant in Gurgaon and claims to have a mileage of 30 kmpl.
Tata Kite will be launching in late 2015 to further expand the company’s reach in densely populated entry level car segment. The next high volume product from Tata is expected to be ready for 2015. Kite will be manufactured in Sanand plant in Gujarat. Based on Tata Indica’s platform, Kite could be eating about 1,50,000 units worth of capacity there, out of available 2,50,000 units per year.
One of the best-selling Maruti Suzuki cars in India, the new Celerio has now been launched with a CNG variant. Priced from Rs 4.92 lakhs, ex-showroom Mumbai, CNG variant of Celerio becomes the most expensive variant on offer.
Maruti Suzuki unveiled Celerio at Auto Expo earlier this year with manual and automatic variants. It replaced A-Star and turned the game around with its USP, the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). Celerio has received over 36,000 bookings so far, trumping Maruti’s own smaller estimate and now contributes for about 50 percent of Maruti’s entire sales volume, half of which is AMT version.
Maruti Celerio AMT waiting period stands at about 7 to 8 months today. So, if you were planning to buy the AMT version of Celerio, you should be prepared to receive the car only by early 2015. The reason for increasing waiting period, is that Maruti did not expect such huge demand for AMT.