Maruti Suzuki working to cut down the waiting period of its AMT equipped cars
India`s largest automobile manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki got the usual massive response when it launched the first AMT equipped car in India in the form of the brand new Celerio in February this year. The Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) technology is very new in India. However, the Indian audience accepted this affordable and highly efficient technology without any hesitation, as it came from the most widely trusted car brand of the country, Maruti.
However, the Celerio AMT variants came with a long waiting period attached to it, as the demand was very high and the car maker was not ready to churn out adequate numbers of the AMT variants as it did not expect such a high demand for a new technology. Moreover, India is not a market for automatic cars, thus Maruti’s low expectations were justified. However, the affordable price, high fuel efficiency and convenience of an automatic gear change, all worked in favor of the AMT to shoot it to fame within no time. Now, Maruti Suzuki has also introduced the new Alto K10 with an AMT gearbox to lure in more buyers. Thus, the Indo-Japanese car maker is busy working to slash down the waiting period of its AMT cars that comprise of the Celerio and the Alto K10 compact hatchbacks.
Maruti is working with its AMT kit supplier Magneti Marelli to increase the production of the units from the current 3,500 to 5,000. Magneti Marelli is an Italian car component manufacturer who is responsible for supplying the AMT gearbox to Maruti Suzuki. However, Maruti Suzuki itself is preparing to soon start manufacturing the AMT kits for ample amount of production.
Commenting on the development, the Executive Director of Maruti Suzuki R. S. Kalsi said that the company is working with its supplier to increase the volumes of the AMT units so that it can be offered in more than one model. The Celerio AMT variants, when it was first launched in India came with a waiting period of 7 to 8 months, but later decreased to 2 to 4 months, added Khalsi. He further explained that after Magneti Marelli sets up its new manufacturing facility to produce the AMT at Maruti’s Manesar manufacturing facility, the volumes will be considerably increased again, as Maruti will be introducing several new models with the AMT gearbox. He added that the company has plans to bring the AMT facility to India in the next one year. Currently, only Magneti Marelli is supplying the AMT kit to Maruti straight from Italy.
Magneti Marelli already owns a setup here to produce some other components for Maruti, and has already planned to bring the AMT production line to India within the next one year, as stated earlier by Maruti’s COO of supply chain, S Maitra. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT demands are already high, and now as the new Alto K10 has also been launched with an AMT, Maruti’s need to increase the production capacity of the system is essential.