Maruti Suzuki, the auto giant from India, has plans of exporting its Indian car models to emerging markets across Asia by taking the CKD (the completely knocked-down) unit route. The first car that the company is thinking of dispatching across the Asian markets using the CKD route is its upcoming multi–purpose vehicle, the Maruti Ertiga. The Ertiga MPV is going to be showcased for the first time at the January 2012 International Auto Expo to be held in Delhi. In the future, the company is also expected to export its other Indian models to the Asian markets, using the same route.
Interacting with the media in Delhi, the MD – Maruti Suzuki India, S. Nakanish said that the Company had identified great potential of exporting its vehicles across Asian markets using the CKD route. Maruti would play the role of being the biggest car supplier to its parent SMC and is going to start by dispatching the Ertiga MPV along with a few other latest models starting next year.
Maruti Ertiga MPV is being launched in Indian markets in both diesel and petrol variants. The diesel variant is going to have 1.3L multi-jet engine whereas the petrol version will come with a 1.4L engine. The parts that Maruti expect to dispatch using the CKD route include critical components like engine & transmission, fuel tank, brakes, steering, wheel rim, suspension etc. The Maruti Suzuki plant located in Manesar, Haryana will be responsible for dispatching these parts.