For a couple of decades, Maruti Suzuki has continued to build its charm here and now they are planning to spread it to other markets as well. The country’s largest manufacturer is considering starting exporting different Maruti models to nearby Asian markets. To do so the company will follow the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route and the very first model to leave the Indian land will be the yet to be launched Maruti Ertiga MPV a.k.a Maruti R3.
In context Maruti Suzuki India MD S Nakanishi said “There is a great potential to export vehicles as CKD in many markets in Asia. Maruti will act as the biggest supplier of cars to the parent SMC and to start with we will dispatch Ertiga MPV and other new models from next year. It is known that Ertiga will be available with a 1.4 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesel mill and expect the MPV to be the first model to be shipped to Indonesia and Thailand. It’s CKD kits will include drivetrains and suspension among others”
image – Maruti R3 Ertiga MPV
Ertiga is the latest car from the company’s stable and is as important as any other model. This 7 seater MPV will be powered by a 1.4 Litre MPFI petrol engine and a small 1.3 Litre Fiat Multijet CRDI diesel engine. The CKD route, indeed is more economical than CBU route as against the latter’s excise duty it attract less duty.
The company will export a number of components from its Manesar plant and the list includes engine and transmission components, fuel tank, wheel rims, brakes, parts of suspension and steering.
At present the company’s market share in Asian markets is mere 9 % and with the new export plans, the company expects to conquer a greater share.
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