Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT waiting period extended upto one year?
Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT waiting period extended upto one year?Maruti Suzuki

In a bid to reduce waiting period of radical offering Celerio in India, Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car maker, has decided to ramp up the production of the car in the country.

Maruti Celerio has been getting tremendous response from the auto lovers in the country. This is partially because of the increasing demand for the the variants with automated manual transmission (AMT) technology in the domestic market, pushing the waiting period of Celerio to four months.

Unveiled at Auto Expo 2014 in Noida, Celerio is the first car in India to come with AMT technology. The car has so far garnered over 57,800 bookings, of which 43 percent (25,000) units are for the AMT variant, as reported by Auto Economic Times.

Now Maruti is looking to increase the production of the AMT Celerio in India and thus to bring down the waiting period. So far the company delivered 7,000 units of Celerio AMT and 22,000 units of manual variant of the car in the country, the report cited.

Celerio, originally launched at a starting price of ₹3.90 lakh, is now available at ₹3.76 lakh.

Currently, Celerio has a 998cc, 3-cylinder, K10B engine, which can churn out a power of 67 bhp at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 9.1 kgm at 3,500 rpm.

It is offered in six variants in the country - two with automatic transmission and four with manual transmission - and claims a fuel efficiency of 23.1 km for both versions.

Recently, Maruti also launched CNG Celerio dubbed Celerio Green for ₹4.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Under the hood, the new Celerio CNG packs the same 1.0 litre K series petrol engine, which is re-tuned to churn out 68 ps of power at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm in petrol mode and 59 ps of power and 78 Nm of torque in CNG mode.

In the coming months, Maruti is expected to launch a diesel variant of Celerio, likely to be powered by a new 2 pot 800cc diesel motor, which can generate a power of 45-50 bhp and a peak torque of 120-130 Nm, promising a fuel efficiency of 30 kmpl.