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Another Rs.1.63 added to the accelerating petrol prices this September is definitely not good news but has not led to the usual outburst from the Indian auto industry. The auto market here is eagerly awaiting the festive season which brings about 24% rise in terms of sales for carmakers. In the past four months, from June to September, petrol prices have steeply risen by Rs.10.80 per litre and the latest Rs.1.63 hike is the seventh in a succession of painful hikes. The market was expecting a cut as the dwindling rupee managed to regain a little over the past few days.
Maruti suzuki India Ltd is an undisputed leader in the huge Indian automobile industry. It started from being Maruti Udyog Limited. The company has rolled out histories from its garage, and into the automobile market with its most popular four-wheeler passenger car model being Maruti 800. The company changed from Maruti Udyog to Maruti Suzuki India Ltd on September 17, 2007. Acclaimed cars from its garage which have become the apple of everyone's eyes are cars like Maruti Swift, Maruti Ritz etc. The hatchbacks from the Maruti house are the best in Indian Market.
The year-end has come and it’s time for some attractive discounts. More than anything, it’s a clever ploy from the car manufacturer to push their sales. The consumers usually defer their new car purchases to the new year for two main reasons. There is a constant hope of new model with fresher appeal as it is usually at the beginning of the year when the car manufacturer brings in a new model, not to mention the Auto Expo which could have pretty exciting new launches. The year of registration of a vehicle purchase again plays a very important role in increasing the resale value of the car. But again, the new year also has the price hike lurking from behind. So, this becomes an ideal time for any car manufacturer to announce their share of discounts who are usually confused at this point whether or not to go for a new car purchase. What more, it helps the auto majors in clearing out their inventories from their sales outlets. Surprisingly, the petrol car inventories are not willing to move out of the sales outlets this time as if they are jinxed. So, Maruti India and General Motors have decided to do something of it to push the petrol car sales.
Hatchback cars in India are currently selling like hot cakes these days. Almost every car manufacturer including Toyota India, Ford India and Volkswagen India are manufacturing hatchback cars besides others. The premium hatchback car segment is the most flourishing segment in the Indian Auto Market recently. Even Honda is all geared up to launch its hatchback car, Honda Brio. But, Maruti India is still the leader of the Indian auto market, be it the hatchback segment or any other. It could be said that Maruti India has an expertise in the hatchback segment. Maruti Swift did a huge business since the time it was launched in the country. And even till now the car is still in demand. However, Maruti India is all set for the new Maruti Swift launch slated this August 17. And this new car already has a waiting period of more than 3 months. Maruti India has recently launched special limited edition of it tallboy car Maruti Wagon R. The two models, Maruti Wagon R Freedom and Maruti Wagon R Freedom come with a variety of accessories and comfort features beside other features.
Maruti Swift saw a massive tumble in its sales by a whopping 26% in the month of June 2011, reason being the strike at the Manesar facility of Maruti India. But it still managed to stay at the top spot in the Indian Auto market. On the other hand, Hyundai i20 grabbed the number two spot. There is still a huge demand for Maruti Swift, in spite of the new Maruti Swift launch, which is expected next month or so. This month, Maruti India managed to sell around 9,500 cars, whereas Hyundai Indian managed to sell approximately 7,100 units. Maruti India hopes that new Swift will get same kind of response as it was given to the current Maruti Swift.
Maruti India is one of the biggest car manufacturers in the country and Maruti Swift is counted amongst the most appreciated models by Maruti India. If rumors are to be believed, Maruti India is in plans to terminate the old Maruti Swift model very soon. The firm is already in plans to launch a brand new Maruti Swift this year itself. Also the Maruti dealers in India have stopped taking any bookings for the old Maruti Swift model now. Even Maruti India has by now shifted the manufacturing of Maruti Swift Dzire to its Gurgaon plant from its Manesar manufacturing facility.
A new trend is fast settling down in the Indian Automobile Industry these days which is face-lifting of existing car models and launching them again in the market. With large number of companies opting for this trend, Maruti India is yet another addition in the line. Recent reports states that Maruti India is working hard for creating better prospects for its prime release of 2011, new Maruti Swift. Moreover, Maruti Suzuki will be launching this new Swift 2011 in August before starting of festive season. Maruti India is keeping the launch before Diwali, since the festive season is going to witness launch of large number of new car models.
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, the country’s largest carmaker has a number of bestsellers in its portfolio. Of them all Maruti Swift is perhaps one of the most significant in its category. The car is all set to get a newer version later this year and the Suzuki Swift 2011 retailed abroad is already bringing laurels to the company.
One of the country’s oldest and most trusted carmakers – Maruti Suzuki India Ltd – has announced the recall of its diesel carsMaruti Swift Dzire, Maruti Swift hatchback and Maruti Ritz to check for flaws. The carmaker will recall a total of 13,157 diesel variants to replace a faulty engine part. The fault cars have been manufactured between November 13 and December 4 last year. The company will be replacing a connecting rod bolt responsible for abnormal noise in the engine free of cost.
The carmaker had recalled 100,000 Maruti A-Star cars in February 2010 across domestic and overseas markets for fuel tank related issues. And in July 2010 the company had to fix ignition issues on 6,000 Maruti Alto hatchbacks.
The czar of the Indian auto market Maruti has got a stern competition through its counterpart Volkswagen. Maruti’s popular hatchback Maruti Swift is facing stiff competition with the spectacular Volkswagen Polo. Maruti has enjoyed the numero uno position for a long time in the small car segment, commonly called as a common man’s manufacturer, Maruti has been the undisputed king of the hatchback segment. General Motors however changed the trend with the launch of small cars in the rapidly growing Indian auto market and gave a stiff competition to the common man’s manufacturer. Despite of the tough competition the splendid hatchback has managed to maintain its sales figure.
As per the recent polls conducted by the largest syndicated automotive study in the country, TNS Automotive, Maruti Swift and Volkswagen Polo have emerged as the most popular hatchbacks in India. The study done on the customer satisfaction was released a few days back. Around 9300 customers who recently bought new cars gave their opinions.
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