Even as India remains in a renewed lockdown, Maruti Suzuki has been able to deliver 5,000 cars during the past few days all over India.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has revealed that the company was able to deliver 5,000 vehicles over the past few days. Currently, over 1,350 Maruti Suzuki dealerships are active in the country, which amounts to 44 per cent of the company’s total. Apart from that, 300 Maruti True Value outlets are also operational.
The current lockdown, although necessary, has had a detrimental effect on the Indian economy. Different industrial sectors, especially automotive, are trying to recover slowly but steadily. Maruti Suzuki has resumed production once again at its Manesar and Gurugram facilities. A new standard operating procedure has been put in place, complete with guidelines on health and safety, thus ensuring employee as well as customer safety.
"The company has put in place comprehensive norms to ensure that their car buying experience is completely safe. These norms are based on guidelines from the central and state governments"
Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited
Maruti Suzuki is all set to drive on the road to recovery, which is expected to go well. According to top Maruti officials, there will be a spike in the sale of new cars once the lockdown ends. They have also stated that there will be a consequent fall in the use of cabs and taxi services, which could be an after-effect of the pandemic. Nevertheless, we’ll have to wait and find out whether or not these statements hold true when the lockdown finally ends.
Maruti Suzuki is also prepping for the launch of the new BSVI-compliant, petrol-powered model of the S-Cross. The car was slated for launch earlier this year (in April 2020) which was then postponed due to the outbreak. We expect the company to introduce the S-Cross as soon as they are able to, as it is the only product in the company’s line-up to not have gained BS6-compliance. Much like the Maruti Vitara Brezza, the S-Cross was previously available with only a BS4-compliant, 1.3-litre diesel engine which will be replaced by a 1.5-litre petrol powerplant. Prices are expected to see a small rise compared to the previous model.