The Maruti Celerio is the company’s first small car equipped with an automated manual transmission. AMT makes the car extremely easy to drive especially in the city traffic. This one feature has made the car so popular that Maruti Suzuki has its order books full. Since launch, the Celerio has seen high demand and the waiting period was about six months. Now, according to R C Bhargava, Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India, the waiting period for the car is expected to go up further.
According to him, those cars booked during this month will probably be delivered next year. The waiting period for the Celerio AMT has gone up to seven-eight months and may rise further. Now, this may lead to cancellation of bookings as well. As production capacity cannot be increased overnight, Maruti Suzuki is bound to lose a few customers to rival brands.
The Maruti Celerio AMT is priced at a very competitive price and for the practicality it offers, it seems like a good bargain. The Celerio is also available with a manual transmission and cost less than the automatic. That said, people are getting attracted towards the Celerio AMT. Earier, Maruti Suzuki had also announced an increase in the production of the Celerio to 10,000 units per month, which might not be enough.