Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT has yet again proved to be a success story in the short period of five months. The MS Celerio booking figures stand at 57,800 units of which nearly 25,000 or 43% are for the AMT gearbox.
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio faces a waiting period of four months as of today and it will keep on increasing as the festive season inches close. To cope with this as well as reduce the waiting period, the company has decided to increase the production to 6,500 units/month from the earlier 4,500 units/month.
The number of Celerio AMT already on roads stands at 7000 units so far while 22,000 units of the manual gearbox version have been delivered to customers.
Italian component manufacturer Magneti Marelli is responsible for the AMT gearbox in the Celerio but it could not cope up with the targets set. To counter this the company is looking at options, one of them being producing the AMT gearbox at Maruti`s supplier park in Manesar within the next year.
Earlier, the car garnered nearly 14,000 bookings within 14 days of its launch. By the month of march, the waiting period had increased to six months with MS getting one thousand bookings of the car daily on an average.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio comes with a 1 liter petrol engine that produces 67 bhp of power and 90 Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is offered with the car as well as the AMT with both delivering more than 20 kmpl under ARAI test conditions.
The automated manual transmission has an automatic clutch controlled by ECU that helps to reduce clutching and de-clutching in heavy traffic and its always a breeze on highways. This type of transmission is cheaper than regular full auto/CVT transmission and a bit expensive than manual transmission. As its not fully automatic, you loose out on an option of P mode and rest drive, manual over-ride and reverse modes are available.