It seems incredible the way the AMT-equipped Celerio is making whoopee with us Indians. As reported earlier, the eager buyers of this little hatchback are experiencing a waiting period from booking to delivery of no less than 6 whole months in most cities according to Overdrive.in.
Neither Maruti-Suzuki nor Magneti Marelli, who has been supplying the AMT systems for Celerio were expecting such an enthusiastic reception in the market. The delay in deliveries of Celerio with AMT could have been a good opportunity for the competitors but it’s not just the AMT that’s attracting the people to Celerio.
The 5-door hatch is loaded up to its front air-dam; especially the top-shelf ZXi variants; and you can still have it for under INR 5.0 lakhs. You get alloy wheels, body-colored, electrically adjustable ORVMs with turn indicators, adjustable-height driver seat, rear seats with handy 60:40 split, audio with radio, CD, USB, Aux-In and Bluetooth, keyless entry, audio controls on the adjustable-tilt steering wheel, fuel consumption and distance to empty indicators on digital infotainment display.
The Celerio can also show off the advantages it has when it comes to safety and security – front airbags and ABS, front wheels with disc brakes, child-proof rear door locks, rear window demister…the list truly is a long one.
While the sales guys at Maruti showrooms have enough munitions to keep you interested through an entire afternoon and a good part of early eve, the clever Indian also knows that there undoubtedly is a bargain in Maruti’s new offering. On the other hand, we hear that the manual transmission is available off the shelf.
The competition could very well offer the AMT into its car, but could it ever arm it the way wily Maruti-Suzuki has done with its Celerio and at the same price point?
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