Waiting period for Maruti cars to come down – Report
Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.
The waiting period for Maruti cars is set to come down as the company is set to receive 2.5 lakh units from parent Suzuki’s plant over the next fiscal year. According to a report by ET Auto, Suzuki’s plant in Gujarat will increase its supply to MSIL to help reduce the backlog.
The report quotes RS Kalsi, Senior Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) at Maruti Suzuki India-
Currently it [the plant] is in full swing in A and B shifts and in 2018-19 it will give us full production across the year. So, that would be 2.5 lakh units.
By the end of the current fiscal, Maruti would have received 1.5 lakh units from Suzuki’s plant in Gujarat as second shift operations started only in October. Supply from the Gujarat plant has already helped bring down the waiting period of models like the Baleno. The hatchback is now available in 8-10 weeks time as opposed to 6-8 months earlier.
The additional production from Suzuki’s plant has also helped MSIL adjust the output from the Manesar and Gurgaon facility, which has helped bring down the waiting period for models like the Vitara Brezza. The compact SUV used to command a waiting time of 5-6 months. This has come down to 8-10 weeks currently.
The new Maruti Swift is also being produced at the Gujarat facility. Dealers are already reporting a waiting period of up to 8 weeks for the hatchback. However, the increase in production is likely to ensure this number does not go up by much.
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[source – ET Auto]