Hyundai India was not very keen on going the AMT route like Maruti but it seems the cost effective clutchless technology’s immense popularity promted a change in the South Korean automaker’s strategy. Talking to Economic Times, the company’s new CEO Young Key Koo confirmed that AMT powertrain will be launched in 2018 and will be made available across the lineup.
He didn’t elaborate on the launch plans but we expect the entry level Hyundais like the Eon, Grand i10, etc, to receive the AMT first. The upcoming compact SUV which is due for 2019 is also a viable candidate.
The Maruti Celerio and Alto K10 AMT models have been extremely popular with the target audience. It’s also to be noted that the Renault Kwid 1.0L variant will also be equipped with an AMT. Hyundai can’t meet the cost targets in the budget segment with a conventional AT.
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With more and more automakers adopting the AMT, auto component majors who specialize in transmissions now have a new business opportunity in India. Italian auto comp giant Magneti Marelli who supplies AMTs to Maruti and Tata recently commenced operations at its brand new AMT manufacturing plant at Manesar. We expect more tier-I suppliers to follow suit in the coming months.