Maruti Suzuki is eyeing to increase its market share by introducing dual-pedal technology across its entire range; aims to sell 3 lakh cars with dual-pedal tech by 2020
Apart from being the largest auto manufacturer in India thanks to its range of mass market models, Maruti Suzuki is currently shifting its focus towards more premium technology. The Indo-Japanese automaker is gearing up to introduce dual-pedal tech across its entire range of cars and it is also aiming to sell 3 lakh cars with this technology by 2020. Interestingly, Hyundai too has similar target to introduce dual-pedal technology across its entire portfolio.
In the financial year 2016-17, Maruti Suzuki sold 79,000 cars with dual-pedal technology and the automaker is expecting to double the number at 1.50 lakh units in the current fiscal. Apart from fully automatic transmission, Maruti Suzuki currently offers dual-pedal technologies like Auto Gear Shift (AGS) and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). As the car manufacturer plans to introduce the technology across its entire range, it could offer AGS and CVT to the entry level models, while the pricier and larger cars could come with pure automatic gearbox.
Currently, Maruti Suzuki is offering at last the one of the three dual-pedal technologies in each of its cars that are being launched. The Ignis, Baleno come with this technology and the soon to be launched new Dzire compact sedan too will come with the same. Currently, the brand offers with AGS in models like Alto K10, Celerio, Wagon R and Swift Dzire.
The Baleno gets CVT gearbox, while the Dzire petrol and Ertiga comes with fully automatic transmission. Interestingly, number of cars with dual-pedal technology is increasing rapidly in the country. The number was 30,000 units in FY 2014-15 and it went to 54,000 units in the next fiscal.
Maruti Suzuki’s AGS is more popular than the fully automatic gearbox. This technology offers the convenience and comfort of automatic transmission, but doesn’t drink fuel like the fully automatic gearbox. This way, the customers are benefitted with better fuel efficiency and hassle free driving experience as well. Presently, 54% of the total dual-pedal technology incorporated cars are equipped with Maruti Suzuki’s AGS.