MUMBAI: Maruti Suzuki is growing two automobile fashions that will probably be priced under Rs 5 lakh, increasing its choices within the entry-level section the place competitors is easing with the introduction of recent security and emission rules.

Within the works are an all-new 800cc automobile and one other mannequin to be powered by a 1-litre engine, mentioned folks within the know. The native unit of Japan’s Suzuki Motor at present sells the Alto with an 800cc engine and the Celerio with a 1-litre choice.

Managing director Kenichi Ayukawa confirmed that the corporate was engaged on an 800cc automobile amongst a number of fashions, however didn’t speak particularly concerning the second automobile.

The problem in growing a small automobile is protecting the associated fee low, he mentioned. “We’ve to adjust to new rules on security and emission which spike the associated fee by 10% on entry stage and makes it difficult,” he informed ET, including: “We’ve to nonetheless discover a resolution on the identical.”

The nation’s largest carmaker is growing the merchandise when Hyundai Motor India and Tata Motors have given up on the entrylevel area, as they consider elevated price to adjust to new rules would make these mini vehicles non-viable.

The marketplace for the minicar section is shrinking too — it now accounts for lower than eight% of India’s car market in contrast with 25% in 2010. However Maruti Suzuki feels it can stay sizeable, being the stepping stone for the hundreds of thousands who aspire to graduate from two-wheelers to 4 wheelers. Its rival on this section is Renault with the Kwid.

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Entry vehicles are largely a hinterland phenomenon and Maruti understands that recreation very nicely, mentioned automotive forecasting agency IHS Markit’s affiliate director, Gaurav Vangaal.

The sub-Rs 5 lakh section would proceed to keep up gross sales of just about half one million models yearly over the following two to a few years, pushed largely by new launches from Maruti Suzuki, he mentioned.

The primary of the 2 new vehicles is predicted to hit the roads by the top of 2020, mentioned the folks within the know.

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Spike in Costs

To be strapped with a 1-litre engine, the compact automobile, code-named YNC, will possible exchange the present Celerio, which is now obtainable with each 1-litre and 1.2-litre engines. The brand new 800cc automobile, code-named Y0M, will probably be launched by the festive season of 2021. The corporate is more likely to take a call on whether or not to proceed with the Alto nearer in the direction of the 2021 launch of the 800cc automobile. India is a big nation with various wants and in rural areas, excessive priced autos usually are not in demand, Ayukawa mentioned.

A spike in entry automobile costs by about 10-15% within the final 12-18 months on account of recent insurance coverage, security and emission rules has had a unfavourable influence on the section. Between April 2019 and January 2020, or the primary 10 months of the continuing fiscal yr, the mini automobile market shrank over 40% to 2.45 lakh models.

Maruti Suzuki desires to make sure that its merchandise stay inexpensive even within the new regulatory regime and it hold the over 50% market share, and that’s the reason it’s growing the brand new vehicles within the entry section, mentioned an trade govt.

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