Maruti to bring down waiting period of Celerio
There is good news for consumers of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, the largest car manufacturer of India is planning to enhance the supply of the AMT version of its latest compact hatchback Celerio. This move has been initiated in order to reduce the waiting period for the Celerio which at this moment is approximately four months. Maruti Suzuki Celerio was launched in February 2014 and since then; the leading car manufacturing company has received bookings for more than 57,800 units of the Celerio. Out of which, around 43 per cent i.e. 25,000 are for the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) variant. MSI has gone a step further by increasing the monthly production of the Celerio (AMT) to around 6,500 units which earlier was about 4,500 units at the time of launch. So far 7,000 units of Celerio AMT have been delivered to customers. In addition to that 22,000 units of the manual variant have been sold.
As per sources, the waiting period for the Celerio AMT would be around four months and around eight months for the manual transmission version, except for some variants. The supply constraint of the AMT from Magneti Marelli, Italy’s auto component major has been hampering the leading car maker`s deliveries. Due to this delay Maruti has planned to shift the AMT production to MSI’s supplier`s park at Manesar in a year`s time.
The current price of the AMT variant Celerio is Rs 4.14 lakh to Rs 4.43 lakh , ex-Delhi. The manual transmission models (four) of Celerio are priced between Rs 3.76 lakh and Rs 4.78 lakh. The company has expanded its range by launching a CNG variant which is priced at Rs 4.68 lakh in May 2014. By launching the much-awaited Celerio, MSI has made an impressive move by addressing the three vital issues that are inseparable with automatic transmission cars. These are high cost of acquisition, low fuel economy along with maintenance hassles. The new-entrant, Celerio is pitched against its counterparts like Honda’s Brio and Hyundai Grandi10. The automatic versions of Brio and Grand i10 cost around Rs 5.90 lakh and Rs 5.99 lakh, ex-Delhi