Maruti has started the operations at is Manesar based facility in one shift with 4696 workers in total.
These times have been pretty tough for all carmakers in the country. Maruti registered a dip of 47 per cent in sales on a YoY basis. However, the new financial year has commenced, but the situation is not yet sorted out for the carmakers. The country is gripped in the outbreak of a horrendous microorganism, which has imposed an indefinite pause on literally everything. However, the government has issued a set of guidelines to operate the manufacturing units if a carmaker wishes to.
Maruti will operate the plant in just one shift to produce 50 cars per day.
Abiding by the SOP (Standard Operation Procedure), Maruti has commenced production at its Manesar-based facility. Adhering by the government's take on social distancing, the plant will run in a single shift with a staff count of 4696 people. The production capacity will be capped at just 50 units per day. In the state of Haryana itself, Maruti has another plant in Gurugram, which falls under the municipal limits. Therefore Maruti has not received approval from the authorities to start with the production in that very unit.
While other carmakers are still in the phase of updating their lineup to comply with the new cleaner emission standards, Maruti’s lineup is BS-6 ready. The carmaker has recently launched the Dzire facelift with a new engine. However, the car already had a BS-6 compliant motor. Now it has been fitted with the K12N Dual-jet motor seen on the Baleno. With the new power plant, Dzire boasts of a higher peak power output of 90 PS and improved fuel efficiency numbers.
Rendering of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Swift facelift.
Maruti is also planning to launch the Swift facelift by festive season this year. It will also come equipped with the same K12M Dual-Jet motor as the Baleno and Dzire facelift. Thereby, making the Swift a little more powerful by an increment of 7 PS over its current power output of 83 PS. It will also feature certain changes on the outside. It will get a resculpted bumper with new fog lamp housings and an updated design for the alloy wheels.