It is no news that Maruti Celerio AMT variant’s waiting period of about 6 to 8 months is solely due to insufficient amount of AMT units produced by Magneti Marelli. The Fiat subsidiary is planning to setup an assembly plant in Manesar to cope with orders but until then delivery slowdown will continue.
Now with increasing popularity of Tata Zest XMA AMT diesel variant, mainly due to the fact that it is the most affordable diesel automatic sedan in India and second product here to sport AMT, waiting period has started to increase in terms of months.
A dealer in Coimbatore said that Zest AMT will arrive at showroom for test drive only after a month. Dealer added that about half the bookings for Zest are AMT variants and thus far 15 units are ordered, last one of which will be delivered in October 2014 only. Tata Zest petrol will be delivered in about 15 days and diesel with manual transmission in a month.
For price of Rs. 6.99 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), Tata offers attractive features in Zest AMT diesel version, which has gathered very good response from prospective buyers. Thus far, about 25,000 enquiries (pan India) are received by Tata Motors for Zest compact sedan; total number of bookings will be revealed soon.