In line with its commitment to introduce an electric vehicle (EV) by 2020, Maruti Suzuki has flagged-off prototype electric vehicles for field testing. The prototype EVs were flagged off from the company's Gurugram facility by CV Raman, senior executive director (engineering), today. At the MOVE Summit in September this year, Osamu Suzuki, chairman of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan had announced the nation-wide field testing of 50 prototype electric vehicles. The EVs have been developed by Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan and built at the Maruti Suzuki, Gurugram facility, under the company's commitment to Make in India campaign. This extensive real-world usage of the vehicles in multiple terrains and climatic conditions will help the company get insights that will help in validation and subsequently the launch of EV technology in India, Maruti Suzuki stated. These prototype EVs have been developed on an existing model by Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, and may undergo changes … [Read more...] about Maruti Suzuki begins field testing electric vehicles
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The 2018 Maruti Swift has been in very high demand since its launch in February at the Auto Expo with over 1 lakh bookings recorded. As per CarAndBike, the waiting period for the Swift, which stretches up to nine months in a few cases, will come down. The first production line at parent company Suzuki’s production facility in Gujarat will start operating at full capacity by the end of this year. This will push total output from the plant up to 2.5 lakh units annually. The increment in production will help Maruti reduce backlogs of the Swift and Baleno. R C Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Limited told NDTV: The first line will be running at full capacity by the end of 2018 and will make 2.5 lakh vehicles, possibly even more. The second line is expected to kick into action in January 2019 and will slowly ramp up production while the third line with be complete by April 2020. Each line will make 2,50,000 vehicles, which will give a total capacity of 7.5 lakh vehicles a year … [Read more...] about 2018 Maruti Swift waiting period set to reduce in 6 months
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL), which is easily the most popular car manufacturer in the country, has sold more than 4.6 lakh vehicles in Q1, 2018. A major chunk of its new car sales comes from its two very successful hatchbacks – the new Swift and Baleno. Both the cars enjoy unprecedented success and are so much in demand that buyers often have to wait for many months for the delivery of their cars. However, a new report claims that this waiting period is set to come down in near future. Suzuki’s new facility in Gujarat, however, is currently using just one production line. It’s now being said that this production line will be running at its full capacity by the end of this year. The line is capable of producing as many as 2.5 lakh cars a year. With the increase in production at the Gujarat facility, even the waiting period on the Swift and the Baleno will come down by a significant margin. Speaking to NDTV, R C Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, … [Read more...] about Maruti Suzuki Swift & Baleno waiting periods to reduce: Here’s how
RC Bhargava, the chairman of Maruti Suzuki has just made an interesting statement that says Toyota won’t ‘tweak’ the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza – two cars that Maruti will soon start supplying Toyota from next year. Now, what does Mr. Bhargava mean by Toyota not tweaking the cars? Will Toyota simply sell the Maruti Baleno and Vitara Brezza as is? We explain. Mr. Bhargava said this, I do not think we have said that we will ever tweak the cars because I am not sure what tweaking the cars actually means. This statement was a response to a question posed by the ETAuto, which asked the Maruti chairman whether Toyota would tweak the Baleno and Vitara Brezza. Mr. Bhargava makes it clear that he does not understand what ‘tweaking’ exactly is. It could be that he’s assuming that the reporter is asking whether Toyota would make significant engineering changes to both Maruti cars, to which he says no. So, Mr. Bhargava’s reply is … [Read more...] about Maruti Baleno & Vitara Brezza won’t be tweaked by Toyota: RC Bhargava; What he actually means!
According to an Economic Times report, Maruti Suzuki's first electric car will be based on technology from parent Suzuki Motor. Maruti Suzuki Managing Director Kenichi Ayukawa said that the Japanese carmaker would not rely solely on its partner Toyota to build EVs. "There is an MoU (memorandum of understanding) for technical support from Toyota to Suzuki Motor on EVs," Ayukawa said, adding, "In addition, Suzuki is also working on its own EV technology development. From these combined efforts, we will see EVs getting launched in India in 2020 and beyond." Last week, Maruti Suzuki said it will showcase its electric and hybrid technology at the upcoming Auto Expo 2018, scheduled for next month, where more than two dozen EVs from various manufacturers may be showcased. This comes in the backdrop of the Indian government's 2030 target of moving completely to electric vehicles. Suzuki already sells two hybrid vehicles in Japan – the Swift Hybrid and the Solio … [Read more...] about Technology from Suzuki to drive Maruti’s first electric car in India