Manual transmission car owners tend to have a healthy left foot, especially in a city like Mumbai which has millions of cars and plying on roads every day. The situation is really worse during peak working hours. Now, although automatic transmission may not sound as manly, and you would like to pretend to drive just the way you saw it in Fast and Furious movies, an AMT gearbox is quite a logical choice in cities with severe traffic conditions.
Car maker Maruti Suzuki seems to have understood this problem and has realised that many people, in coming days, may opt for an automatic transmission driven vehicle. And the company does not want its customers to wait for long. Maruti Suzuki has increased the production of the automatic transmission variant of its Celerio.
Out of the total 57,800 bookings, about 25,000 were for the automatic variant of the vehicle. Maruti has already increased the production of the Celerio AMT to 6,500 units from 4,500 at the time of launch. With rise in production of the Celerio AMT, the company hopes to bring down the waiting period considerably from the current four months.
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio is powered by the same 1-litre unit that is found on the Alto K10 and the Wagon R but with some retuning. The engine makes 67 bhp of power and 90Nm of torque. The USP of this car is its outstanding fuel efficiency levels. The company claims that the car returns about 23 kilometres for each litre of fuel. These figures are for both, the AMT and manual variants.
The Celerio AMT comes at a price tag of Rs 4.14 lakh and Rs 4.43 lakh, while the manual transmission models are priced between Rs 3.76 lakh and Rs 4.78 lakh (all prices are of ex-showroom Delhi).
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Source: ET Auto