From this Sunday, I’m beginning a collection of weekly specials. These can be insider information about future firm mannequin packages, happenings, stuff that you’ll not have learn in any of the fanatic magazines and stuff that after they publish is accompanied by ‘SCOOP’ in caps and daring. As not one of the media shops have any use for my rantings, as correct as they might be, I’ll use my weblog as an outlet.
Maruti has some bold plans for 2006. The corporate will launch the Escudo, the alternative for the Grand Vitara, already obtainable in worldwide markets. The Escudo, based mostly on the GM-Suzuki Chevy Equinox platform, is a good-looking wanting automobile and can be a great flagship and picture builder, one thing which the growing older Vitara couldn’t do.
In spite of everything this, Maruti desires to take a look on the Corolla-Octavia-Optra section with an all new sedan that Suzuki is growing. That is anticipated subsequent 12 months solely. By the top of this 12 months, Maruti’s diesel plant and its new facility in Manesar can be operational. And that might imply further headache for its competitors.
The Wagon R will get an overhaul this 12 months. The Solio that Maruti showcased on the Auto Expo this 12 months is an indicator to issues of the long run. The reworked Wagon R can have extra legroom and a brand new face as nicely. I count on a diesel to be slotted in when Suzuki is prepared with Fiat’s 1.3-litre Multijet.
The Zen will lastly be put to relaxation, a tough act to do with a mannequin that’s nonetheless promoting just a few 1000’s each month. However the Zen brandname won’t die. I count on the MR Wagon to be launched in India with the Zen model identify. The MR Wagon is a nifty small automobile powered in Japan by a 660cc engine however the Indian model might get an even bigger engine.
The Swift sedan can also be on the anvil, most presumably by finish of the 12 months with a petroleum and the brand new Multijet diesel. The Swift itself will get the diesel shot as nicely.