Maruti offers Stingray WagonR with auto gear shift
Country’s top car maker Maruti Suzuki announced that it will start selling auto gear shift (AGS) variants of WagonR and Stingray, a move that will expand AGS variants in its hatchback portfolio.AGS variants have met with good response as the technology is suited for Indian driving conditions and provides convenience to the customers especially in high traffic areas of cities.
The auto gear shift transmission will be available in VXi variants of both the models and the AGS variants will be priced between Rs.4.76 lakh and Rs.5.31 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The variants also promise the same mileage (about 20 kmpl) as the manual transmission models.
The company is putting the AGS into more models as demand for such variants grows after it introduced the technology in Celerio and K10 earlier.AGS variants have met with good response as the technology is suited for Indian driving conditions and provides convenience to the customers especially in high traffic areas of cities.
“By introducing the AGS in a popular car like WagonR, we aim to democratise the AGS technology so that more customers can enjoy the convenience of automatic gear shift without compromising on fuel efficiency and at an attractive price,” said R.S.Kalsi, Executive Director – Marketing & Sales of the company
During 2014-15, Maruti had sold about 30,000 units of AGS variants of Celerio and AltoK10.On the back of growing demand, the company has planned to treble production capacity to 12,000 units a month from 4,000 units.
Maruti is also attempting to boost the safety quotient of its hatchbacks. Now, both WagonR and Stingray will offer driver and co-driver airbags and anti-lock braking system (ABS) as an option across variants, including the base models.
“The option of dual airbags and anti-lock braking further strengthens the core proposition of WagonR and Stingray as ‘Smart’ cars,” Mr.Kalsi added.The company recently rolled out its premium hatchback Baleno that has ABS and dual airbags as standard inclusions in all variants.