Maruti targeting to sell 3,00,000 automatic cars by 2020 – Report
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Each model will have an automatic variant soon.
According to Times of India, Maruti-Suzuki is targeting to sell 3,00,000 automatic cars by 2020. It will include cars with AGS AMT (auto gear shift), CVT (continuously variable transmission) and torque converter, and models that are currently unavailable with any one of the three gearboxes shall soon get one.
Speaking to TOI, Maruti’s executive director R&D, C V Raman said:
Going forward, Maruti’s endeavour is to bring one of the two-pedal technologies to its models, across segments in some form, either auto gear shift, CVT or AT.
With the increase in demand for automatic cars due to their affordability in the market and effortless drivability in urban conditions, manufacturers will continue to capitalise on the demand by introducing more models. In FY 14-15, Maruti registered sales of 30,000 units, which grew to 54,000 units in FY 15-16 and to 79,000 units in FY 2016-17, thanks to the availability of automatic gearboxes in models like the Celerio (AGS), Wagon R (AGS), Alto K-10 (AGS), Ignis (AGS), Swift Dzire (AGS for diesel, AT for petrol), Baleno (CVT), Ciaz (AT) and Ertiga (AT).
The only models yet to offer an automatic option include the Maruti Alto 800, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Maruti S-Cross and Maruti Swift, which could change this year. Once popular models like the Vitara Brezza and Swift get automatic variants, Maruti will be on the road to achieve that target figure.
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[Source: Times of India]