Maruti Swift diesel with AMT to launch in festive season this year – Report

Posted on: Jan 29, 2015 - 10:07am IST

Maruti is working with its supplier to setup a manufacturing plant in India. 

According to a report on Business Standard, the Maruti Swift will receive the famed automated manual transmission (AMT) which is currently seen on cars like the Maruti Celerio and the new Maruti Alto K10.

2015 Maruti Swift facelift front press shot
The 2015 model year Swift with a 10 percent improvement in fuel economy was launched in October last year.

Interestingly, Maruti plans to launch the AMT on the diesel variant of the Swift, which could lead to the hatchback being the most affordable automatic diesel-powered car in India. Currently, this title belongs to the Tata Zest, which gets a 5-speed AMT on its diesel variant.

The launch of the Swift diesel AMT is expected to take place in the festive season period this year (October-November 2015). The AMT module is manufactured by Italian company Magneti Marelli, which is setting up a dedicated production facility in India to expedite supply of these AMT kits. There continues to be a waiting period for the AMT variants of the Celerio and Alto K10, even months after their launches.

Once Magneti Marelli starts making the AMT kits in Manesar, Haryana, Maruti could equip more of its products with this technology, apart from cutting long waiting periods. Products like the Swift, Ertiga and even the Dzire could be launched with the AMT gearbox.

Maruti Celerio AMT lever at the 2014 Nepal Auto Show
The AMT has won the Indian customer for its low running and purchase cost.

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The AMT technology has found favor among the Indian customer, thanks to its lower purchase cost (an AMT variant of the Celerio costs roughly INR 45,000 more than the manual), and offering the same or higher fuel efficiency as the equivalent manual variant.

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[Source – Business Standard]

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3 thoughts on “Maruti Swift diesel with AMT to launch in festive season this year – Report

  1. What a shame. Except FIAT everyone is using famous Magnetti Marreli’s AMT gearbox.
    MM is FIAT owned company and they are using AMT in FIAT cars. Worst managemet I have seen in this world. FIAT gives their engine, gearbox to Maruti and tune it better than FIAT.
    Wake up FIAT. Are you listening.

    1. FIAT needs more cars in their stable to actually start offering AMT, with just two cars [Punto and Linea] in India, limited dealerships [expanding slowly]. They would have done their homework / cost study. They need more cars like Fiat 500 and 500X, Compact SUV and Jeep. Only them AMT would be a value add. Its like participating in a 500m Dash [race] where you have only 2 runners.

      1. Mounting AMT to existing line is not a big deal and does not involve big budget being parent company. Its just will power that they are not updating their cars as per the market requirements.
        No 1.6 MJD in FIAT cars but S Cross will get it before any FIAT car.
        No AMT in diesel car TATA got it for Zest.

        I have visited MM Plant in Pune and discussed with higher management about it and they also blamed the top line managemet of FIAT are not interested in putting AMT in FIAT cars.

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