After volume carmakers Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors started gaining from the next big bet, AMT, second largest player in the country, Hyundai Motor India is said to have decided to participate in the match.
It is unclear which cars from the South Korean automaker will be equipped with Automated Manual Transmission, but its not a bad guess that Grand i10 and Eon small cars are the ones in line.
Reckoning AMT would be a bigger success in affordable cars and it would make more sense to offer the easy shift technology in smaller cars which would be preferred to be taken out through city traffic, Hyundai Grand i10 AMT and Hyundai Eon AMT are expected to be in the making, rather than Hyundai i20 AMT.
Currently, India has Maruti Alto K10 AMT, Celerio AMT and Tata Zest AMT (diesel), all of which are in good demand. They use AMT kit sourced from Fiat-owned Magneti Marelli, who is working on establishing an own manufacturing facility in India, forecasting the growth in employment of this equipment. But, as per reports, Hyundai Motor India will be receiving AMT kits from ZF Sachs, who is also believed to be the supplier for Renault XBA AMT.
Magneti Marelli is working towards more than just doubling its revenue from Indian auto market in the next three years, from 160 million euros (about Rs. 1089 crores) currently, to 400 million euros (around Rs. 3,000 crores).
Given that Tata Zest is the only diesel car with Automated Manual Transmission, it would be beneficial for the Korean company to launch Hyundai Grand i10 AMT in its diesel variant at least, if not as well. Further, launch of Hyundai Eon AMT would marginally put the screws to Maruti Alto K10 AGS (Auto Gear Shift) and soon-to-launch Tata Nano GenX Easy Shift.
Via – Autocar India