Maruti’s new Gujarat plant first line will begin production this year while the second line will begin operation in January 2019
Maruti Suzuki is India’s largest car maker by volume and the popular products from the company is selling over 15,000 units each month consistently. Most of the recently launched products like Swift and Dzire is very well received by the customers and the Swift has more than one lakh bookings in three months.
The waiting period of top end variants of Swift is upto 9 months in some cities and Baleno also has a waiting period of over four months even though it was in the market for few years now. Maruti’s Manesar and Gurgaon plant are running in full capacity. The new Gujarat plant currently has only one line and mostly produces Baleno.
By the end of 2018, Maruti will be able to run the first line at its full capacity and it can make 2.5 lakh vehicles each year. The second line will begin its production in January 2019 and third line by April 2020. Each line will be able to produce 2.5 Lakh unit annually and the total capacity of Gujarat plant is 7.5 lakh units annually.
This will certainly help Maruti to clear its back log. In the last three months, Maruti was able to reduce average waiting period of new cars from 1.25 lakh individuals to 1.10 lakh.
The Swift and Baleno are the models which are going to get the most benefits as they will be manufactured in the new plant.
With the first line coming to its full potential by the end of this year will reduce stress on other Maruti plants also. In the recent months, waiting period of Dzire and Vitara Brezza has come down drastically as the production has been ramped up. When asked about
the expansion plans for Manesar and Guragon plant, RC Bhargawa Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India Limited said that expansion at these locations was unlikely.
Maruti Suzuki Swift is powered by 1.2 L petrol engine producing 83 bhp of power and 113 Nm o torque. The 1.3 L diesel engine produces 75 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque. Both these engines are mated to 5 speed manual and AMT gearbox. The Swift is also available with lots of features and it is priced between Rs. 4.99 Lakh and Rs. 8.29 Lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi).