This doesn’t come as a surprise to us as we always knew this would happen. And now that it has, we are reporting the phenomenon to you in a very matter-of-factly manner. The new Swift received bookings in excess of 50,000 even before the car was officially launched. As you would know, no company in India can produce and deliver those many cars quickly enough, so now there is a waiting period for those who want the car.
The recent surge in fuel price has changed the petrol diesel sales ratios for most popular car models. Diesel cars are suddenly selling in higher numbers than their petrol counterparts. The Swift too is facing a similar situation, with the sales of the DDiS version exceeding that of the petrol variant by a great margin. So the waiting period for the Swift diesel customers are even higher than that for the petrol. While the Swift petrol customers have to wait for 2-3 months, the waiting period for those who opted for the diesel version is exceeding 4 months.
We reported to you a while ago that Maruti Suzuki is discontinuing its diesel engine exports to its Hungary plant in the coming months. The fact should help reduce the waiting period for the hot seller in due course. In the meantime, if you are willing to buy the new Swift, don’t wait anymore, as the queue at MSIL showrooms seems to be getting only longer.