Petrol prices won’t stop their journey northwards, and many car buyers have switched to CNG\LPG with a substantial number of buyers going for diesel cars.
With the demand for diesel cars going up especially the hot favourite diesel budget cars being the Maruti Swift, Swift Dzire, Ritz their waiting period is a ranging from one month to four months. This waiting period is further extended by a month or more thanks to the workers’ strike happening at Maruti’s Gurgaon plant for over ten days now. Maruti has incurred losses to the tune of Rs 500 crore owing to the stalled production.
Being helpless without the man power in the manufacturing plant, Maruti has extended the waiting periods by a month or more. The strike has also affected the delivery period of the SX4 Diesel which was two months earlier has become three months or more.
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Managing Executive Officer (Marketing and Sales) Mayank Pareek said: “Of course, strike has increased the waiting period of the diesel versions of the three cars. We usually do not produce more cars than the market demand. So, whatever loss in production we are witnessing, that will be the impact on sales in this month.” He, however, said the waiting period has gone up by only one to one-and-a-half week.
These waiting periods range from place to place depending on the stock they get but this strike has surely managed to put Maruti in deep waters. If these waiting periods do not end, the buyers are surely going to cancel their booking and opt for other manufacturers. Recently VW India has come up with ads in the leading Daily which says minimum waiting period. Finally one man’s loss is other man’s profit.
Source : FE