Report – Maruti Ciaz has an initial sales target of 70,000 units
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Bookings have already crossed 10,000 units.
Talking to ET on the sidelines of launching the Maruti Ciaz in Kerala, Mr. Ram Suresh Akella, head of Commercial Business (Southern Region), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., has revealed that the initial sales target for the new sedan is 70,000 units. However, he didn’t specify a deadline for the target.
The newly launched Honda City rival already garnered over 10,000 bookings suggesting that Maruti is well on course to achieve its sales target.
Mr. Akella also revealed that, out of the 10,000 bookings, roughly 60% of them are for the diesel variants and 40% for the petrol variants.
The C Segment sedan which targets executives in the age bracket of 30-40 years is one the largest sedans in its class. The Ciaz measures 4,490 mm in length, 1,730 mm in width, 1,485 mm in width and 2,650 mm in wheelbase. The boot space stands at 510 litres.
The petrol engine is the 1.4-litre K-Series petrol motor which is also available in the Ertiga. The four-cylinder motor puts out 92.45 PS (91.14 bhp) and 130 Nm of torque, and comes mated to a 5-speed MT or a 4-speed AT.
The diesel engine is the familiar 1.3-litre DDiS (Fiat MultiJet) unit which delivers 90 PS (88.7 bhp) and 200 Nm of torque. The oil burner is available only with a 5-speed MT.
The USP of the Maruti Ciaz is its frugal nature irrespective of the engine. The petrol motor returns an ARAI certified economy of 20.73 km/l when mated to the manual gearbox and 19.12 km/l when paired to the automatic transmission. The diesel, at an ARAI figure of 26.21 km/l, emerges as the nation’s most fuel efficient car.
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[Source: Economic Times]