Chevrolet Sail U-VA vs Maruti Suzuki Swift

Hatchback is the favorite segment of Indians and Maruti Suzuki Swift is its unbeaten King for last some years. Though in India, nobody leaves anyone alone and the same ideology applies in auto market as well. To barge in the most lucrative segment of auto industry, General Motors had landed its Sail U-VA in the specified category. But just to inform that, Sail U-VA is an outcome from the collaboration of Chinese brand SAIC and GM. Though Sail is outdoing everyone in China, and had also received a warm welcome here. We have taken the decision to pit both of them against each other because duos lie in the youth quotient of industry which is brewed with a lot of care and assortment.

Exteriors:

Chevrolet Sail U-VA vs Maruti Suzuki Swift

On an average, as taking a lot of cues from various sources and owners, we have came to surface that Swift tends to score more brownie points than Sail and from outer it looks futuristic rather than ongoing conventional clutches. Swift portrays all elements that are meant to be found on some of the niche buddies, like that of sporty flowing lines, sweptback headlamps, cool tail lights, more subtle yet youth-istic appearance, inclusive of all dynamic tweaks. On other hand, Sail wears conventional wrap around headlights with vertically faced tail indication cluster. It also bear resemblance to Cruze family but its boxy type ergonomics departs it form those Chevrolet monikered cash cows.

Interiors:

Chevrolet Sail-U-VA Interior Maruti Suzuki Swift Interior

Interiors are those where customer wants everything ranging from wine chiller to laptop desk, in spite of whatever the outer conveys. Therefore one can find DC and such typos doing well all around the world. Leaving those arguments behind, interiors of MSIL’s roll-out is designed very Swift-ly as making it compatible to exterior streaks. Black theme is used majorly, being assimilated with chrome flashes on glove box, AC vents and steering rim. On the rear seats, one may face glitches with short of space. It might be due to the fluidic outer crisps that are liked by customers very much. And more to it, boot space is also eaten up a lot than the previous model. Luggage tends to fall down when the bay openings are lifted, which we can say is sprouted by large-sized tailgates. But to contradictions, Sail boasts spacious luggage compartment due the unlikely boxy-typed design. If that is also not enough, then Chevrolet had bestowed Sail with 60:40 ratio on rear seat which is very helpful on some extreme timings. The rear seats of Sail cossets its passenger very much being covered under the two-toned beige skin. Taking this same skin on fronts, it does not satisfy us to the whole. While other components like steering wheel, glove box, dashboard and central panel are not so scoring on the part but instead it seems being derived from some of the old and conventional calculations. Plastic used in the Swift is of better quality than the GM’s.

Performance:

Chevrolet Sail U-VA Engine Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine

Both of the metals bring in same kind of engine i.e. 1.3 liter Multijet diesel Fiat sourced, but oil jags are a bit tweaked on each of them. Calculating the exact figures, Swift drives 75 PS @ 4000 RPM and Sail falls with 78 PS @ comparatively lower 1750 RPM. The Chevrolet badge is more powerful than the Swift and to be specific, 3 PS more than its competitor. Taking a stroll on the city roads with Swift, it feels a bit tad on the lower gears and smoothes while moving on the upper shifts. But this is not the case with Sail, it swoops easily in the bumper to bumper city traffics and lacks high grunt on highways. All such results are because of reciprocated torque ratios in both of them that make difference starting from the RPMs itself. Making the clutter more clear, Sail does also possess nice and soft pair of suspensions which eases cornering in true aspect and as well also reducing bumps on our crumbling typical Indian tarmac. Overall, gearbox provided on the Sail feels short as compared to the efficient one on Swift. As far as the mileage is concerned both of them had returned us more or less similar results but if insisted to be quite punchy on that, then Swift wins the score only by a ‘slight edge’.

To cover more on the safety and other bits, duos come lugged with ABS, EBD and a good rating of NVH levels.

Conclusion:

Both of the offerings stand differently with their ratings in spite of same specified class. Taking on the Swift, Sail costs a very minute difference in pricing and though also lacks steering mounted control and climate control. On other side of the flip, Swift offers some niche class interiors, good looking exteriors, and various other youth-istic features, but Chevrolet prefers simplicity and practicality for this new product. And anyways, Sail is actually entitled for families and not for youths, unlikely to Swift, so it is basically briefed with such analytics. One can buy as per their usage criteria but in our context we prefer Swift because, it is ageless. In sense, anyone from the college going student to a 40+ aunt or maybe an office clad dad, Swift suits all of them!

Chevrolet Sail U-VA Back View Maruti Suzuki Swift  Back View

Bookings cross the 1,08,000 mark for the new Swift

As they say, it’s blessings in disguise for Maruti Suzuki as the total bookings for its Swift touched 1,08,000 until last week that’s recorded as the highest for a car in India.

Blessings in disguise in the sense Maruti’s been in a heated turmoil over the last few months with persisting labour conflicts that’s been hampering the sales coupled with hike in interest rates and fuel prices where the country’s seen a sudden demand for diesel machines.

To that end, Maruti’s been able to produce at least 700 cars daily from its two plants at Manesar and Gurgaon respectively, although there’s a long waiting period of 5 months for petrol versions and about 6 or more months for diesel versions.

Company officials still believe they have loyal Swift customers who’d wait for the model to reach them rather than hurriedly making their decisions to shift their focus to another car. To this end, it can be true that Maruti have loyal customers, but a switchover to another brand by rival companies is still a possibility due to extended wait periods for some models.

New Maruti Suzuki SwiftMaruti has been busy deploying new strategies to uplift the continuity of work at its plants, to be precise, at its Manesar facility where they’ve hired 850 ITI-trained contract workers to ramp up their production. They’ve also starting producing the Swift at their Gurgaon plant while starting a paint shop and an automated welding shop at their Manesar unit beforehand including a host of other minor changes.

There has also been a decision made regarding production of a shorter Swift Dzire to boost demand in sales and also to take advantage of lower taxes imposed on cars developed less than 4 meters announced by Minister, P. Chidambaram, although Maruti’s still undecided about the new name for the model with speculations that they’d be eyeing the European markets too with recession in Europe evident and consumers there going for small cars.

With a drastic slowdown in the Indian market currently, Maruti’s not far behind its rivals coming up with discounts and freebies in hopes of selling its other models.

Another official from Maruti says discounts are up when compared to the first 3 months of this year and says discounts on all of their products coincide with what they did in 2008 and 2009. In June of this year, discounts were between Rs. 9000 to Rs. 9500, which is comparatively higher to Rs. 8000 to Rs. 8500 a year ago. At the moment, discounts are shooting up between Rs. 11,000 to Rs. 11,500. Dealerships in Delhi are selling Maruti Alto with discounts worth Rs. 20,000 on Maruti’s top selling car. Discounts on Maruti’s various models are also up compared to 2008 and 2009.

Officials fear that Maruti having undergone a loss of Rs. 1000 crores in turnover aided by disruption in production at their plants would further hamper sales in that they expect it to be going down by 5% at the end of the year.

Unrests at their plants did spark off when Maruti forcibly made its workers sign the ‘good conduct bond,’ which most long-term workers didn’t agree to thereby Maruti taking a step further by hiring new employees.

Swift booking crossing a lakh or more looks like a faint light finally at dark times for Maruti. It remains to be seen what they do with the persisting labour unrest that’s still an ongoing issue, for the company would need a long time to fully heal from the current situation.

New Swift Expected to Overtake WagonR as Maruti’s Second Highest Selling Car

Maruti Suzuki saw low sales in July, aided further as the company halted production of the Swift. As the new Swift variant gets ready to launch in August, the sale are expected to increase further. In fact, the new Swift variant is expected to replace WagonR as the industry and Maruti’s highest selling car following the Alto, which sells 18,000 units per month.

In this fiscal year, the Alto has managed to sell 34,000 units per month, compared to July when it had decreased to 25,000 per month. The Alto is followed by WagonR with 14,000 sales per month. The two cars are not only the company’s highest selling cars, but also the highest selling cars in the auto industry. They are followed by Hyundai i10 that has been selling around 10,000 units per month this fiscal. The other competing brands include Volkswagen Polo, Skoda Fabia, and Hyundai i20.

2011 Maruti Suzuki Swift

The company’s chief GM of marketing, Shashank Srivastava, was quoted as saying that till the past few months, excluding July when they halted production, the Swift sold 12,000 units per month. They are now increasing the production capacity for the Swift at their facility in Manesar to produce 18,000 units per month by shifting production of the DZiRE sedan to their plant in Gurgaon. This will increase further when their second facility in Manesar comes up around Sept to Oct.

When the Swift was launched back in 2005, the car was credited for creating the segment of premium hatchbacks, a segment in which it has led since launch. It also transformed the company’s image to a sporty and youthful one. The company has already made an investment of INR 550 crores for the domestic models development. It has also outlined a further INR 17 to 18 crores for communication and marketing.

While most of the bookings have been for the diesel variant, many have also upgraded bookings over the outgoing model. During the car’s launch in 2005, the initial monthly sales of the car were 3,500 units, which increased to 10,000 units per month by the fiscal year 2009-10. Srivastava also added that the new Swift would have a three month wait period. The car has commanded a wait period ever since it was launched six years ago.

New 2011 Maruti Suzuki Swift’s Specs

Maruti’s new 2011 Swift still faces delayed launches; however, this won’t last for long. The new Swift could hit markets by next month according to unconfirmed reports. Like the current Swift car, the new one will also be available in both diesel and petrol variants. The refreshed hatchback is touted to have better fuel economy than the present Swift.

It will also feature many cosmetic changes like powerful and bigger tail lights and headlights. This Swift will also be powered by their K series engine. The K12 engine is expected to deliver a max power of 90bhp, more than the present Swift’s. Since the introduction of the K series motors, they have crossed 10 lakh units, as they are ideal for Indian roads.

The petrol powered Swift, will have a mileage of 20kmpl, according to ARAI certifications. This is 2.1kmpl higher than the current Maruti Swift. Meanwhile, the diesel powered Swift also offers an increased mileage of 23.8kmpl that is higher by 2.8kmpl from its current variant. The 2011 diesel Swift variant will be outfitted with a 1.3 litre DDiS engine.