India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki will trim down its product range and keep only high volume selling models & variants.
According to some our trusted sources Maruti Suzuki will discontinue the Stingray (To be merged with WagonR), Old WagonR, Celerio Diesel, Eeco Cargo, Omni Cargo, Alto K10 AMT and Alto K10 CNG.
The company has stopped production of Ritz hatchback which has been replaced by Ignis urban hatchback.
The WagonR will soon get an update. The 2017 Wagon will get the face from Stingray and also new version VXI+, while the Stingray brand will be discontinued.
The Celerio Diesel was launched with very high expectations, but the crude 2 cylinder diesel engine, low power and high price did not find enough buyers. The sales have been very low compared it to the petrol counterpart. Also high diesel prices make the Celerio a bad deal.
All these could be the reasons to axe the model from the Celerio line-up. The Celerio will continue to be offered in petrol and CNG fuel options.
Maruti dropping the Eeco & Omni Cargo is quite strange as the two models are doing decent numbers and selling in good numbers. However the company may plan to introduce some other replacement which could be retailed via the commercial dealer network.
It’s shocking to learn Maruti Suzuki is planning to discontinue the Alto K10 AMT and CNG variants. Low response to these models could be one of the reasons and overlapping with other cars in the same price range could be another factor.
The company plans to launch 15 new models by 2020 as it aims to sell over 2 million cars. Maruti Suzuki has launched four new models in 36 months — Baleno, Ciaz, S-Cross and Vitara Brezza. In 2017 we could see the following models to be launched – WagonR facelift, Ciaz Facelift, New Swift Dzire, New Swift, Vitara Brezza petrol & Automatic variants and S-Cross Facelift.