Finally after a very long time we are covering a news related to Maruti Suzuki which is not concerned with the strike issue. We all know that Fiat supplies engines to some of the leading automobile giants in India including Maruti Suzuki India.
Maruti is planning to finalize a deal with Fiat where it will source more diesel engines from the latter which will help the same in increasing the production of its strike affected yet popular 2011 Maruti Swift.
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chairman Mr. R C Bhargava said , “We are in discussion with Fiat for sourcing of diesel engines from their Ranjangaon plant. In fact, we are in fairly advanced stage and in two months time, we should see something on this,”
image – Fiat Multijet CRDI Diesel engine
Currently Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd is the only supplier of engines for Maruti but lately it has reached its peak monthly capacity of 25,000. On the other end in Maruti, this number is falling short and they want to produce more Swift’s. This is why they are in talks with Fiat and once it is finalized, Maruti could expand Swift’s production by another 20,000 units a month.
Bhargave added, “At the current levels of production, it will take us about six months to clear the backlog,” Unfortunately owing to long waiting periods the company is also facing booking cancellation problems.
Maruti Suzuki India, Managing Executive Officer (Marketing and Sales) Mr. Mayank Pareek said, “The cancellation of orders of Swift is 8-9 per cent since the new version of Swift was launched in August. As of now the waiting period for Swift diesel is 6 months and petrol is 2-3 months,”
I hope this new plans comes as a help for Maruti and enables it to resume its production at full capacity.
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