Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car maker, is reportedly looking to increase the production capacity of its AMT models in India to meet the growing demand.
A report in The Hindu, citing the company management, states that the company is planning to expand the production of AMT models from 4,000 units per month to 8,000 units initially and then gradually to 12,000 units.
The AMT models of the company have been witnessing great demand in the country and command a longer waiting period due to short supply. The AMT boxes are currently being sourced from Magneti Marelli of Italy.
Currently, Maruti has two AMT offerings in its line-up –Celerio AMT and Alto K10 AMT – and the company is expected to expand its AMT portfolio in future.
While Maruti's Alto K10 AMT is retailed at Rs 4.05 lakh, the AMT variants of Celerio have been priced between Rs 4.46 lakh and Rs 5.06 lakh. Maruti's Tall-boy wagon R and the popular models, Swift and Swift Dzire, are also speculated to have AMT variants in India soon.
Under the hood, the AMT Wagon R is likely to be powered by the same 1.0L K-Series petrol engine, which churns out a power of 68PS and 90Nm torque. In the AMT avatar of the model, the transmission will be handled by Magneti Marelli's five-speed transmission.