MSIL has planned a second shift at their Maruti Suzuki Gujarat plant. The plant started a single shift operation in February 2017 and the second shift, from October 2017, is set to reduce waiting periods on its two leading models, Brezza SUV and Baleno hatchback.
Maruti Suzuki Gujarat plant (Hansalpur) currently produces 10,000 units of the Baleno each month. Brezza is produced at the Gurgaon plant and commands a waiting period of 5-6 months. The move to a second shift will help ease this waiting period to around 4 months and will help to reduce production pressure on both Gurgaon and Manesar plants. A second shift will not result in doubling of production immediately. Production increase will be gradual with focus on reduced waiting period.
Increased demand has been noted for both the Baleno and Brezza. Baleno crossed the 2 lakh sales mark earlier this year and the Brezza passed 150,000 sales milestone in 17 months. Maruti Suzuki sales increased 9.3% in September 2017, with 1,51,400 units sold in domestic markets and 11,671 units exported. The UV segment, which included the Vitara Brezza, Ertiga and Gypsy saw an 8% increase in sales with 19,900 units sold during the past month. In the compact segment, the Swift, DZire, Ignis and Baleno noted a 44.7% increase in sales with 72,804 units sold as against 50,324 units sold in the same month of the previous year.
13,268 units of Vitara Brezza were sold in September 2017 up from 9,375 units sold in September 2016 to report 41.52 percent growth. For Maruti, the going looks strong with a number of its cars in the list of top 10 cars sold in H1 FY18. Alto sales are abound at 132,380 units for H1 FY18, followed by DZire, Baleno, Swift and WagonR.
Maruti Suzuki India exports stand at 57,300 passenger cars for H1 FY2018, up 6 percent from H1 FY17. Maruti Suzuki expects to finish the fiscal at double digit sales growth.