India’s largest car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki India is contemplating more AMT-equipped cars in India. We reported earlier that MSI is expected to get diesel version of the WagonR in the Indian car market. If media reports are to be believed, the company is planning to launch the AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) equipped WagonR Stingray.
The company launched the Stingray, which is a stylized version of the WagonR hatchback, to aim young enthusiasts. However, the vehicle failed to generate volumes for the MSI, and the company is offering Rs. 61,000 discount on the hatchback, making it a very good product to drive home. The addition of the AMT gearbox could be the move to increase the sales of WagonR Stingray.
The AMT equipped WagonR Stingray is likely to go on sale in early 2015. Under the bonnet is the same 1.0-litre 3-cylinder K-Series petrol engine that also powers the Celerio hatchback and the Alto K10. The AMT variant is expected to cost around Rs. 40,000 more that the manual version of the hatchback.
MSI is currently offering the Celerio and Alto K10 with AMT (Automated Manual Transmission), which has received an excellent response from buyers in the country. The company is sourcing AMTs with Magneti Marelli, which is now considering opening its local facility to meet the demand. With the growing demand for more AMTs, car makers including Mahindra, Tata Motors, Nissan and others are contemplating more AMT equipped cars in the country.