Maruti to ramp up Celerio production

Maruti Suzuki will also start exporting next-generation Alto K10 to African and South American markets.

With demand for the top-end version of Maruti Suzuki’s Celerio rising, the carmaker on Tuesday said it will ramp up production to cut down the present eight-week waiting period for the car.

The company will also start exporting the recently launched next-generation Alto K10 to African and South American markets early next year, said Manohar Bhat, Maruti Suzuki vice-president (marketing).

Bhat, who was in Chennai to launch the Alto K10, said: “Demand for AMT and Celerio models are surging and they have a waiting period of 6-8 weeks. We have told our supplier (Magneti Marelli) to increase the supply of AMT. We hope this will improve soon and we will bring down the waiting period sharply. We are also looking at increasing the production of Celerio’s top-end  model.”

Now, the company on an average sells 6,000 to 7,000 units of Celerio a month and around 3,000 units are AMT versions, he said.

On the AMT version of the new Alto K10, he said: “There has been a good response. A day after its launch in Delhi, we hope the demand for new Alto K10, particularly for the AMT version, will be same that of Celerio.”

On the new Alto’s export possibility, Bhat said: “We hope to start early next year, including the AMT model.”

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