Maruti Ertiga Facelift Launched at Rs.5.99 Lakhs

The Ertiga facelift has been launched in India by Maruti Suzuki and this will be the first updated edition of the car since its 2012 launch. The car has both mechanical as well as cosmetic updates and packs quite a punch in its new avatar.

The MOV now comes with two engine options. First is the 1.4 litre petrol unit that delivers 94bhp in terms of power as well as 130Nm of torque. The diesel unit is a 1.3 litre MultiJet engine that gives 90bhp of power as well as 200Nm in terms of torque. In terms of updates, the Ertiga becomes only the second Maruti car after the Ciaz to get the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology here in India and while this has increased prices by a bit, the car remains quite desirable.

In terms of looks too, the car has a new chrome grille, chrome garnish on the fog lamps as well as revised bumpers. Available in six shades, the Ertiga will take on the Chevrolet Enjoy and the Honda Mobilio here in Indian markets.

Prices for the Ertiga are as follows:

Diesel variants (introductory ex-showroom Delhi)

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LDi- Rs.7.55 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LDi (o) – Rs.7.62 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga VDi- Rs.8.26 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDi- Rs.8.82 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDi+- Rs.9.25 lakh

Petrol variants (introductory ex-showroom Delhi)

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Lxi- Rs.5.99 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LXi (o) – Rs.6.35 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga VXi- Rs.7.26 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZXi- Rs.7.85 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZXi+- Rs.8.42 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga VXi AT- Rs.8.26 lakh


Limited Edition Maruti Alto K10 Urbano Launched

The limited edition version of the Alto K10, named the Alto K10 Urbano, has been launched by Maruti Suzuki in a bid to usher in festive season cheer for the company. A special Onam edition of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 had also been launched by the company earlier and it is known for making special limited edition cars to suit the occasion.

The Urbano will not see major changes in terms of the technical aspects with the 1.0-litre K-series all aluminium engine continuing to run on the car which delivers 69PS in terms of power as well as 90Nm of torque. The car is mated to a five speed manual transmission and delivers a fuel efficiency of a reported 24.07kmpl.

Maruti Alto K10

According to the Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki India, R S Kalsi, the Urbano will bring convenience as well as happiness to customers this festive season as it comes with a characteristic silver and black theme which has complementary garnish and body graphics. Many features such as hands free Bluetooth kit and reverse parking sensor have also been added to the car which will make it stylish, trendy and all the more attractive for customers.

The car has as many as 18 additional features and these can be availed at a price that is Rs 16,990 more than the usual Alto K10. There is also a special 90 per cent funding which is available on the MGA package that the model comes with.


Maruti Suzuki Baleno Variants Explained

Details of the Baleno have been leaked prior to its launch and this has been generating quite a bit of buzz for the car which is going to be Maruti Suzuki’s latest premium hatchback offering.

The Baleno is to be available in four variants. This includes the Sigma, Zeta, Alpha and Delta. Sigma being the base model will come with fewer features while the Delta comes with a music system and power windows.

The Zeta variant also has leather wrap, LED DRLs, auto headlamps, telescopic adjustment for steering and alloy wheels as well. This is likely to be most popular as the Alpha variant just adds the projector headlamps and rear parking sensors to the Zeta model.

The Baleno is to be available in both diesel as well as petrol options. The petrol will be the 1.2-litre VVT engine which will deliver 83bhp in terms of power as well as 115Nm in terms of torque. The petrol edition will come with a five speed manual transmission option as well as a four speed automatic option. The diesel engine is likely to be a 75bhp producing 1.3 litre mill with a VGT turbo option also possible which will deliver 90bhp in terms of power.

The Baleno will be sold through the NEXA dealerships and it is being believed that bookings have already begun at a cost of Rs.25000 with delivery to be prior to Diwali in order to meet the festive spirit.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire Diesel AMT Spotted Testing

Yet another story from Maruti boosting up the morale of diesel car buyers in India, a Swift Dzire automatic is spotted testing near the facility in top-end diesel variant (ZDi).

Spotted clearly from inside out, none of the cues slipped externally to convey it as AMT by means of badges or so. Nor even interiors do speak a lot about the new transmission. It’s only the gearbox which is found solely speaking for itself.

However, the car portrays clearly about its new gearbox inside the cabin, whereas the sources had also spied WagonR and WagonR Stingray with the AMT transmission some days back, and strongly speculate the Swift to also follow this suit. Thus, before any of them makes way to public, it seems the India’s best selling C-segment sedan, Dzire, will make to the launch pad, as it appeared completely finalized with nothing remained to do away at the test.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire Diesel AMT Spotted Testing

Hence, in the engine bay the feed of power to this Dzire AMT is tempted to move from the existing 1.3-L Multijet diesel engine of 75bhp and 190Nm of torque. The new looks of Swift had brought only small and negligible changes to the face, whereas the rear is a lot identical to the past model. This new addition at the festive launch may raise the excitement for an additional amount of Rs 35-40k than the standard variant.

Hence, keeping fingers crossed. Maruti is on vengeance to strike back with AMT in very possible model, will turn interesting to see how the market will respond to this new trend of driving.

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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Recalled

Maruti is popularly known for retailing cars that are under Rs 10 lakh, and had tentatively failed to deliver that same output when brought the models northward the one million INR mark.

However, for the past month whole industry was surprised to see the Ciaz being sold in more than the industry leader Honda City despite being an exception to the aforesaid belief. But settling down the scores by a non-direct mean, Maruti itself has recalled 3,796 Ciaz for an inspection! The company suspects fault in one of the clutch part, which is applicable to the manual transmission buyers of petrol and diesel both. And if found faulty, part will then be replaced for free of cost.

A service camp is bound to set-up for resolving this issue. It is been claimed by the company, cars made till November 7, 2014, falls under such suspicion.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Recalled

That’s not all, the official website of Maruti has sanctioned a slot for curious customers to fill in the chassis number and extract the whether their car under the recall. More to it, they can also take their Ciaz to nearest dealerships for overcoming this doubt.

Hence, it may take a while to dethrone the market leader, but it demands more than that to stay in the position of a leader.

Two Million Trained In Safe Driving At Maruti Suzuki Facilities

Two million mark is crossed by Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) at its driving training facilities in the country.

MSIL started the safe driving initiative with Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) in partnership with Delhi Government in the year 2000, where just now it reached the mark of two million.

According to the numbers, Maruti Suzuki currently manages six IDTRs including two in NCR and one each in Dehradun, Baroda, Rohtak and Bahadurgarh, in partnership with state governments. These institutes offer learner and refresher courses, including to commercial vehicle drivers. The institutes had also lent numerous trainees to find better employment opportunities after completing their training program. Over 1.3 million people have trained at IDTRs.

Two Million Trained In Safe Driving At Maruti Suzuki Facilities

Apart from the said, this Indian carmaker operates 320 Maruti Driving Schools (MDS) across the country in collaboration with dealers. MDS offers trainees driving simulators and a mix of class-room and practical training by trained instructors (including women). Over half the people trained at MDS are women.

Mr Mayank Pareek, Chief Operating Officer (Marketing and Sales), Maruti Suzuki India said, “India needs high-quality training in safe driving on a massive scale. We are happy that we have touched two million people, but realise that this is only a drop in the ocean. Various corporates and all stakeholders have to collaborate to make India’s roads safe for its users”.

“We value the support of state governments and dealers in this effort, and are committed to scale up our effort”, he added.

Continuing further, Maruti Suzuki expects to train another 5 lakh people in safe driving in 2014-15.

Just to brief some other details about the IDTRs and MDS, they also have customized programs for corporate employees, women and police and paramilitary personnel to expand the reach of safe driving practices. Approximately 5000 tribal youth in Gujarat, many of them landless workers, found jobs or turned successful entrepreneurs after being trained in the residential program at IDTR, Baroda, run by Maruti Suzuki in partnership with Gujarat government. Under its Safe Driving initiative, Maruti Suzuki also has “Train the Trainer” program that helps to multiply the impact.

Maruti Ertiga Special Edition Launched To Celebrate Sales Of 150,000 Units

The fever of Honda Mobilio and the sales of 150,000 units seemed to have caught the Maruti Ertiga immensely.

The Indian automaker witnessed the fastest of 150,000 units sold of Ertiga so delighting that it launched a special edition with prices starting from Rs 676,836 (petrol variant) ex-showroom Delhi.

Available in all the three fuel trims: petrol, diesel and CNG, the MPV of Maruti is about to berserk its lovers with cosmetic changes rather than technical ones.

As for the outer, the Ertiga receives a special pearl blaze blue paint shade, and mentioned below styling cues:

  • Rear upper spoiler
  • 10 spoke Alloy wheel
  • New body color
  • Sleek front Chrome grille
  • Chrome Door Handle
  • Attractive Body Graphics and Decal

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Inside the cabin, the vehicle comes equipped with the following add-ons:

  • Black & Beige Dual tone interior color combination
  • Wooden finish Cubic print on IP & Door trim
  • Limited edition floor Mats
  • Feature
  • Rear Parking Assist Sensor with digital display
  • High Grade Integrated audio

Commenting about the launch of limited edition Ertiga, Manohar Bhat, Vice President, Marketing, Maruti Suzuki India said, “The new Ertiga Limited Edition, with a sleek chrome grille, plush interiors, aesthetically designed spoilers with classy body graphics, decals, is a tasteful product. The additional features on the Ertiga Limited Edition highlight the Company’s focus on product differentiation for the customer. Limited editions help us strengthen the brand and enhance the overall appeal of the car. Customer’s preference for compact Utility vehicle is reflected in class leading sales of over 14,000 Ertiga in the first quarter (April-June) of this fiscal.”

Bhat added, “Overall, we have sold over 150,000 units in domestic market. Ertiga was the fastest to achieve this milestone in B segment. Customers have appreciated the Ertiga for its compact size, contemporary looks, ergonomic design, and the flexibility of 5+2 seating.”

Ex-showroom Delhi Price – INR (excludes MGA kit worth Rs 6,190/- fitted at dealer showroom)

    • Ertiga Limited Edition Petrol: 676,836
    • Ertiga Limited Edition CNG: 734,872
    • Ertiga Limited Edition Diesel: 805,677

Maruti Suzuki Ritz Elate Edition Launched In India

With the rains pouring in, the offers and the limited editions are tampering the Indian automotive fraternity immensely.

The latest to happen on the launch-pad is Maruti-Suzuki Ritz Elate.

The pricing set for the Ritz Elate is Rs 20,000 premium than the outgoing version.

Other changes on the outer include Elate logo on the door panels, and the graphics slapped on the rear pillar to tail lamps.

Maruti Suzuki Ritz Elate Edition Launched In India

Mentioned below are the other changes the Ritz Elate includes:

– Sleek 2 din music system with speakers
– Attractive seat covers
– User friendly bluetooth kit
– Assistive reverse parking sensors
– Exclusive body graphics
– Smart door visors
– Durable floor mats
– Stylish multipurpose bag
– Joyful ambient lights
– Neck cushions
– Steering wheel cover
– Mud flaps

Apart, from the said, Maruti Suzuki is also quoted to be offering the Suzuki Ritz Elate multi-purpose bag, which we hope would be like duffel bag lined with Ritz Elate Limited Edition stickers that can be used for gym and taking to supermarkets.

On the technical front, it is the same with the 1.2 Liter K-Series VVT petrol engine and the 1.3 Liter DDis diesel engine.

Apart from the Elate edition, standard Ritz is sold with attractive discount offers. It includes a direct cash benefit of INR 30,000/- and an exchange bonus of INR 35,000/-.

Maruti Suzuki Organises Women Car Rally In Pune

Women empowerment always took the center stage in India when there is a debate of deciding the political fiasco. Maruti seems to be strongly inspired by those debates during the election times, and recently held a rally for women in Pune.

The Maruti Suzuki women’s car rally was held in Pune on July 6, 2014, with an aim to strengthen women’s participation in motorsports in India.

Approximately, eighty-two teams took part in the rally and drove their Maruti Suzuki over a 120km route in and around the city of Pune. The route was decided keeping in mind the Time Speed Distance. A navigator by the side of every women driver would constantly calculate the time based on speed and distance figures given in the book, and accordingly guide the driver. The rally also boasted hidden check point to keep a tab on its participants for avoiding them from taking up the shorter routes or gaining more than prescribed speed.

Maruti Suzuki Organises Women Car Rally In Pune

On the occasion, Manohar Bhat, vice president, marketing, Maruti Suzuki said, “Maruti Suzuki has been associated with motorsports for over 2 decades. Each year, we have seen increasing interest from women motorsports enthusiasts. The women car rally is a good opportunity for women motorsport enthusiasts to gauge their preparedness for some bigger rallies – like Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya, Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm and Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare. Besides, rallying teaches road discipline and helps us promote road safety. The driving skills like enhanced braking, skid correction, tackling multiple terrains etc which participants pick up during motorsport events like this rally, have an immediate impact on improving the safety during real time driving.”

Archana Khinvasara emerged as a winner from the whole crowd, driving a Maruti Suzuki Ritz, along with navigator Vivek Khinvasara. Priya Joshi (navigator Vrushal Joshi) in a WagonR followed to the second position.

Maruti Suzuki Organises Women Car Rally In Pune

Commenting about the victory, Ms. Archana Khinvasara, the overall winner (with navigator Mr Vivek Khinvasara), said, “I am very excited at this win! The track was beautifully planned out and I absolutely loved the whole experience. I was scared in a few instances but my navigator’s directions were excellent. I am overjoyed at this achievement and the next halt for me is the Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare with my Ritz!”

Maruti Suzuki Swift Hybrid Range Extender will be used by Indian Government

Maruti Suzuki Swift is everybody’s favourite, now the Government of India too have got attracted to it. A renowned source on internet has claimed the Indian government has placed an order of the Swift Hybrid Range Extender after it was unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014.

The exact dates and other details are not yet confirmed as the elections are over head.

The Swift Hybrid Range Extender is a hybrid version of the Maruti Swift, powered by a 658 cc three cylinder petrol engine producing 74 bhp. A 5 kwh lithium ion battery is attached to the engine, which in combination delivers mileage of 48.2 kmpl, and 25.5 kmpl when run solely on electric charge. The battery takes a mere 1.5 hours to complete the charge.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Hybrid Range Extender

The source further claimed government officials will use it for the pilot project.

It is been said, the homologation of the Swift Hybrid Range Extender is near to completion and the car is about to undergo the ARAI test.

Hopefully, pricing are not yet announced, and will it be available for the general public too is not disclosed.

Source: Autocar Professional