Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Friday said its compact car Celerio sold 1,03,734 units in 2018-19, joining the club of company's models with sales of more than one lakh units in a year. The model has cumulatively sold 4.7 lakh units since its launch in 2014, MSI said in a statement. The sales of the model grew by 10 per cent in 2018-19, it added. Celerio was "the first car to democratise the two-pedal (auto gear shift) technology and the recent upgrade in its safety features has significantly enhanced its appeal as the perfect city car", MSI Senior Executive Director - Marketing and Sales R S Kalsi said.
Celerio's 1-litre petrol engine delivers a fuel efficiency of 23.1 km/ltr for both Auto Gear Shift (AGS) and the manual transmission variants. The factory-fitted CNG Celerio offers a fuel-efficiency of 31.76 km/kg, MSI said. The other Maruti Suzuki cars in the club of over one lakh annual sales include Vitara Brezza, Dzire, Baleno, Swift, WagonR and Alto. Maruti Suzuki Celerio price in India currently starts at Rs 4.31 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
In other news, the Maruti Suzuki Alto has bagged the title of India's best selling car once again. In the calendar year 2018, the Alto slipped down to Dzire as the latter became the best seller for the said year. The Maruti Suzuki Alto has seen a total sales of over 35 lakh units till now since it was launched in India for the first time in September 2000.
Some of the key reasons behind the popularity of the Alto in India are its low price tag, high fuel efficiency, low maintenance costs and of course the timely updates that the company has implemented on it to keep the momentum going. Sales of the Maruti Alto have been averaging around 22,000 units a month that in itself speaks for the hatchback's high market acceptance and demand.
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