India’s number one carmaker Maruti Suzuki is launching a revolutionary technology in Auto Expo at Delhi which will allow a car’s manual gears to work like automatic ones without clutch engagement. This technology which is being derived from FI motorsports will help improve driving experience of small cars without affect its fuel efficiency or price. Maruti will be India’s first passenger car manufacturer to bring this automatic manual transmission (AMT) technology into India and will prove to be turning point for its cars after drivers have experienced it power and agility. This technology will be showcased in its soon to be launched hatchback variant YL7 which is debuting in Auto Expo at 2014.
Videos of this technology available on internet show how it allows drivers to change gears automatically without using the clutch. Maruti’s new model Celerio which is presently codenamed YL1 will be offered with this technology and its cost will be similar to regular manual transmission model. Maruti has been a pioneer in launching automatic transmission in India during 1987 on its hatchback Maruti 800 model which was sold at a premium. The new technology will cause less stress to drivers and will have similar fuel efficiency and will also not lead to modification in either gear or engine technicalities. Market watchers have stated that this car will be priced marginally higher than similar manual transmission variant.
The car’s hydraulic system will ensure that third clutch pedal is removed and it will allow driver to shift gears both sequentially and completely like an automatic transmission system. Just like automatic transmission cars deliver high fuel mileage this new technologically upgraded car will also offer high mileage. Since this technology is a little expensive it is not very popular with small cars like hatchbacks and compact sedans though they are commonly found in expensive saloons, coupes, SUV’s since they are large and need more space to maneuver. Maruti is planning to make this technology popular within small car markets to retain its pioneer status and stay ahead of competitors.
Maruti Suzuki’s small cars in sub-four meter range hold 85 percent of Indian market due to popular models like Alto, WagonR, Swift and other which have contributed to more than half of the firm’s sales in fiscal year of 2013. The car will have a 1.2 liter K series petrol engine that delivers fuel efficiency of nearly 20 kmpl. Maruti is expecting the new Celerio to gain instant popularity due to this new technology and become India’s most fuel efficient car. The clutch-less technology patented by Magneti Marelli is owned by FiatSpA therefore it has set up a plant of this AMT transmission technology.
To engage interest of prospective buyers Maruti Suzuki will make this car available at all its showrooms across India and make demonstrations of this technology and explain its benefits before selling it. Presently more and more customers are opting for faster acceleration and automatic transmission to move through traffic at a rapid pace which is possible through adoption of this technology. Therefore Maruti is bringing this technology to India which will lead to gradual removal of third pedal without charging too much premium from customers.