Maruti Suzuki announced two updates today. The first is that the production of their low-cost Eeco MPV has crossed the 5 lakh mark. Maruti had first launched the Eeco MPV back in 2010. It took about 8 years to achieve 5 lakh milestone. As of today, the Eeco registers about 7,000 unit sales every month in India.
The second update from Maruti Suzuki India is that they have announced recall of their Super Carry LCV. 640 vehicles in the domestic market manufactured between 20th Jan 2018 till 14th July 2018 will be covered in this recall campaign, said Maruti. Starting 3rd October 2018 owners of the vehicles included in this recall campaign will be contacted by Maruti Suzuki dealers for inspection and replacement of the faulty part free of cost.
Speaking about the milestone achieved by Eeco, Mr. R S Kalsi, Senior Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) at Maruti Suzuki India said: “Eeco is designed to meet varied functional needs – be it personal such as an outing with family or for business. Eeco has been a partner in progress for young entrepreneurs in the country.
Maruti Suzuki has consistently introduced upgrades in Eeco to stay relevant and adapt to changing needs of the customers. Customers prefer the modern design of Eeco in its segment, coupled with high fuel efficiency. We are confident to sustain a strong foothold in the segment with Eeco. We thank our customers for their support.”
Maruti Eeco is priced in India in the range of Rs 3.55 lakhs to Rs 4.6 lakhs. It is offered in 5 seater as well as 7 seater option. Power comes from a 1.2 liter petrol engine which delivers 73 hp and 101 Nm. Transmission is via 5 speed gearbox. CNG option is also on offer. The vehicle is targeted at taxi fleet owners in tier 2 cities.
It is not clear as to what will happen of the Maruti Eeco post 1st October 2019, which is when the Bharat NCAP safety norms are implemented. Maruti has said that the Eeco as of now does not pass the crash test. In order to sell the car post 1st Oct 2019, Maruti will have to thoroughly update the car, or discontinue it from the market.