Maruti Suzuki’s Celerio popularized Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) in India and it has been an instant hit. The waiting period peaked to months and the company had to request Magneti Marelli to set up a base here to cater to the rising demand.
The company after the initial success continued propelling the model with a quick CNG version followed by the recently launched Celerio diesel which is also the country’s most fuel efficient car returning 27.62 kmpl. This makes Celerio the only car in the country to be available with a petrol, CNG and diesel fuel options and offer two transmission options.
Maruti informs that since Celerio’s launch, their market share has reached 71 percent and increase by 10 percent in the lower hatchback segment. The car even features in the list of top ten selling cars in the country with 1,00,000 units sold so far ie in about a year and a half. And one third of the total sales of the Celerio are of the AMT version!
The 1.0 litre petrol engine in the Celerio produces 68 PS of maximum power at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm whereas the 793 cc two pot diesel mill churns out 47.6 PS of power at 3,500 rpm and 125 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm.