The technology which was just launched in India earlier this year by Maruti Suzuki, has taken a liking among car buyers in the country. Seeing the success, and rise in demand for AMT variants, the manufacturer of AMT technology, Magneti Marelli has revealed that India will be at the forefront of cars with AMT by 2020.
In about six years, the AMT technology would be so much in demand, that every three cars out of ten cars will have AMT technology (Currently, about 1-2% of cars have AMT). The simple math behind its success, not costly as an automatic transmission, and is equally efficient as a manual variant. Apart from this, what automatically works in favour of AMT technology, is the fact that traffic in India is going to increase exponentially, which will have a direct effect on the number of people going for AMT. (How AMT works)
As of now, Magneti Marelli provides AMT to Maruti Suzuki (for Celerio and Alto K10) and Tata Motors (for Zest). More manufacturers are interested in adding AMT variants to their products, but Magneti Marelli has production constraints. All AMT units are being imported as of now, which also adds to additional taxes.
Good news is, they are in the process of manufacturing AMT kits here, at their plant in Manesar. This should be functional by next year. It is then we expect more and more car makers to offer AMT variants on their variants.
Some of the upcoming AMT cars in India include – Tata Nano AMT, Tata Bolt AMT, Tata Kite AMT, Mahindra Quanto, Mahindra S101 AMT, etc. Apart from this, car makers like Hyundai and Nissan are also looking at this technology.
via ET Auto