Thursday, August 23, 2012
By Pawan Rana
Maruti to put automatic transmission in its small cars
India’s largest car maker Maruti seems to set a new craze for cars and these are automatic transmission cars. Maruti is expected to expand its fleet of automatic gearbox cars and it is expected the new Maruti Ritz will be the next one to get it. As per reports, the car maker will be putting in the automatic transmission in almost all its small car models. The new Ritz that is awaiting a makeover is expected to be launched next month and it is expected that the four speed automatic gearbox will be the there on one of the trims.
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Experts believe that if Maruti takes an initiative to put in automatic transmission even in small cars then the trend will soon catch up and the number of automatic cars sold in India will also increase as whatever thing Maruti does, it directly influences the overall market trend. For example it has launched the Ertiga MPV and the MPV market has grown fat that even other car makers such as Chevrolet and Nissan are in the process of launching the Chevrolet Enjoy and Nissan Evalia respectively. Meanwhile, the car maker is also in the process of launching the compact SUV Maruti XA Alpha and will then set afire the segment with bumper sales after it the segment has been brought to life by Renault Duster and to some extent by the Premier Rio 1.3 L multijet engine powered car.
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The craze for automatics transmission cars could not set in as the price difference with the manual transmission cars is too high approximately upto Rs 1 lakh and in such a case, the car become unaffordable. Earlier Maruti experimented it with the Maruti Wagon R and the then Maruti Zen (now Maruti Zen Estilo) but it failed miserably. However, in the changed circumstances these days, the car maker expects the change will be for good. Currently, the Maruti A Star and Maruti SX4 besides Maruti Kizashi and Maruti Grand Vitara SUV come equipped with automatic transmission.