After the successful launch of the WagonR AMT, Maruti Suzuki is planning to introduce AMT (automated manual transmission) on the Swift hatchback and Swift Dzire compact sedan this year. Interestingly, the company is planning to introduce AMT with the diesel variants both the products to attract buyers looking for affordable automatic diesel cars.
The Celerio and Alto K10 were the first two products to receive Maruti’s Auto gear shift (AGS) technology (aka AMT). Though there is a petrol automatic Dzire variant already on sale in the country, it failed to attract buyers in large number. The Dzire AMT, on the other hand, could lure more buyers being a diesel if priced well. It will become the second product in its segment to feature AMT after the Tata Zest.
Maruti Suzuki’s Auto gear shift (AGS) technology (aka AMT) is equipped with an Intelligent Shift Control Actuator that includes an actuator and controller for regulating clutch and shift operations. These components synchronize clutch’s control and smoothen gearshifts. This also optimizes ECU calibration, and shortens the gear shifting time as compared to the regular automatic gearboxes.
With a total sales of 1,21,063 units, the Indo-Japanese carmaker registered 24.7% of growth in October, 2015. While the Maruti Swift Dzire was the best-selling car in October, the Maruti Swift grabbed the third position with a total sales of 17669 units.