Maruti Suzuki is the most trusted and most popular brand in India. The Indo Japanese brand was the first automaker in India to introduce the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) system in the country christened as Auto Gear Shift or AGS. The automaker calls it EZ Drive technology. Maruti Suzuki Celerio was first car in India to receive the two pedal technology, which makes driving so easier on congested Indian roads. Now the automaker is planning to widen the AGS technology, which will significantly help the automaker to expand its business to another level.
Maruti Suzuki first introduced the AGS to the Celerio compact hatchback in February 2014. Since then the Celerio has become one of the most popular compact hatchbacks in the country. It offers amazing fuel economy even on the AGS variants. The AGS don’t eat the fuel like the automatic transmissions; moreover the AGS lets the driver to drive without the hassle of pressing clutch and shifting gears manually. Since the introduction of AGS to the Celerio the AMT variant of the car has contributed 60% to the total Maruti Suzuki Celerio sales.
Following the Celerio Maruti Suzuki has introduced the AGS technology to the other popular models like Alto K10, Wagon R, Stingray and Swift Dzire. Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is one of the most popular compact sedans in the country, which is the first diesel car of the automaker to get this AGS technology. The automaker has introduced the CVT gearbox to the Baleno premium hatchback and automatic gearbox to the Ciaz and Ertiga.
So far, the automaker has a total of four models with AGS technology on offer. Now inspired by the sales of more than one lakh AGS cars the automaker is planning to introduce the technology to more models in the Indian domestic market. The automaker is tight lipped about the number of models to get AGS although. The automaker has also revealed that the same AGS technology will continue for the next 3 to 4 years without any upgrade, and later on the automaker will upgrade the technology. In that case, the factors like fuel economy will get a priority.
Source: ET Auto