The transmission system which was introduced about a year ago in India, has found many takers. AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) equipped Maruti Celerio not only offered buyers the ease of automatic transmission in ever increasing traffic conditions, but also the fact that AMT kits price tag was less than 50% of that of a regular automatic transmission. On top of this, AMT returned fuel economy similar to manual transmission.
A recent study reveals that 3 out of 10 cars sold by 2020 will feature AMT, while Tata Motors expects 50% of their cars sold by 2020 will have AMT. Such statistics prove that AMT will play a huge role in the progress of Indian auto industry.
With AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) demand gaining momentum in India, new global suppliers are eager to get a foothold in the country. As of today, Italian component maker Magneti Marelli, a part of Fiat, is the only supplier of AMT systems in India. Other global automotive component manufacturers, such as Germany’s Bosch and UK’s Drive System Design are also eager to enter the fray. Once more players enter, AMT kits price is expected to reduce.
The Indian unit of Bosch based in Bengaluru is currently working on a eClutch technology which only automates the clutch and not entire transmission system but which will be cheaper than the existing AMT technology. This system is currently being tested aboard Honda Brio hatchback.
Second player, Drive System Design is also working alongside Indian component makers where a new transmission system is concerned while M&M is aligning with Ricardo, a global component maker for development of AMT technology.
via Economic Times