Automatic gear shifting is quite a popular technology all around the globe. Indian customers too are slowly opting toward the automatic transmission technology. Indian customers are generally cost sensitive, hence automatic transmission is yet to get a fare share in the Indian market, as it comes quite expensive than the manual one, and moreover automatic gear boxes are not that much fuel efficient like that of the manual ones. Hence comes, Automated Manual Transmission, which neither is completely automatic one, nor completely a manual one.
Several auto manufacturers are trying to woo the customers in Indian market by pairing their vehicles with AMT gearboxes. There are several names also. Maruti Suzuki calls it Auto Gear Shift technology. Recently, Maruti Suzuki has announced their Auto Gear Shift technology powered cars have crossed a sales figure of 50, 000 units. Incidentally, Maruti Suzuki offers two cars with AGS, which are Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Maruti Suzuki Alto K10.
Eventually, Maruti Suzuki Celerio comes as the most fuel efficient car of Indian in the segment. Customers from Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi prefer to buy AGS cars.
Auto Gear Shift system is equipped with the Intelligent Shift Control Actuator (ISCA), which is an electric hydraulic actuator, which automatically performs clutch and shift operations. Auto Gear Shift technology combines the actuator and controller and directly mounts them in the transmission in order to unify the working components. It permits synchronised control over the clutch, shifting, and engine and helps in smoother gear changes. It also brings together the advantages of both the manual and automatic transmissions, while the gear shifting time is shortened compared to the conventional automatic transmissions. Mated with the 1 litre K-next engine, the new generation transmission system with optimized ECU calibration helps to boost the fuel efficiency of the car.