Information regarding midterm plans of Maruti Suzuki has been leaked by an anonymous reader of popular Indian automotive forum – Team BHP. This information is regarding the upcoming facelifts of various existing cars in Maruti’s portfolio, as well as all-new models that the company is planning to launch in the country in the near future.
According to the reported source, Maruti Suzuki will continue producing the new-generation Wagon R till November this year. It is worth noting here that there were reports earlier that Maruti will stop production of the existing Wagon R by August and will introduce a new model to replace it around the festive season. Post-November, the current model of the Wagon R will be produced only for the commercial segment. This practice of using a previous-gen model for the taxi segment is similar to what Maruti is doing with the Dzire Tour. Meanwhile, the new-gen Wagon R that was expected to be launched around Diwali 2018 will now come in early 2019. Production of the said model is expected to commence from November 2018.
The Alto K10 will receive a mid-life facelift, which will also be launched during the next financial year. This launch is expected to be scheduled post the new Wagon R 2019 introduction. Other facelifts reported to be in the pipeline include the Swift and Baleno hatchbacks. However, we at CarsIndia don’t believe Maruti will be updating the Swift soon, as the new-gen model was launched just earlier this year. Instead, the Maruti Vitara Brezza is a more probable model that will likely receive an update. Additionally, the new-gen Ertiga will also be launched sometime next year.
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Maruti has suffered a drop in sales during the past month, i.e. August 2018. This has primarily been a result of the recent floods in Kerala, especially during the festival of Onam that generally boosts car sales in the state. Reports suggest that the company had to stop production for 3 days in order to account for an excess production of 40,000 cars in its factories. As a result, the company may offer some exciting discounts to customers on its selected models so as to clear its stock with dealers.
Furthermore, Maruti is expected to set up a new manufacturing plant in Sohna, near Gurgaon in the slightly distant future. This will help the automaker to raise its production levels so as to meet its target of manufacturing 5 million car per year by 2030.