Maruti Suzuki announced that AMT equipped models sales crossed 3 lakh units in India which is a big milestone for the company
Earlier, automatic transmission cars were not so popular in India as they don’t offer same efficiency as manual transmission and the maintenance cost was high. But over the time things have changed and manufacturers started to offer good automatic transmission which attracted customers. Then Maruti introduced AMT transmission in Celerio.
The AMT transmission is basically a manual transmission but instead of clutch it is controlled electronically which saved lots of money for the manufacturer and it offer similar efficiency to the manual model. Maruti Suzuki sources AMT transmission from Magneti Marelli. The Celerio was the first model to get AMT and it was introduced in 2014 and it quickly became popular among customers.
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The success of Celerio gave confidence for the Indo-Japanese manufacturer and the company introduced AMT gearbox in Alto K10, WagonR, Swift, Ignis, Dzire and the latest one to join is Vitara Brezza. The AMT gearbox on Celerio was jerky and not smooth but Maruti has worked on the gearbox before they introduce it on next models.
We could really experience the evolution as the new AMT gearbox on Vitara Brezza and Dzire is super smooth and slick like modern expensive automatic transmission. The AMT gearbox has option of manual shifting and the company has also given crawl model which will help the driver in city driving conditions.
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Maruti Suzuki announced that AMT equipped models sales crossed 3 lakh units in India which is a big milestone for the company. The company market the AMT system as Auto Gear Shift (AGS) technology. The contribution of AGS cars has tripled since 2014-15 FY as the company is planning to sell more than 2 lakh AGS cars by the end of 2019 fiscal year.
The company has revealed that more than 43 percent of Celerio sold are AGS models but only 28 percent people opt of AGS on Ignis and 17 percent of Dzire. Even though numbers are small, but considering that India is not an automatic friendly country this is impressive. Now most of the manufacturers are offering AMT transmission across models as they are playing catch up.