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Maruti Admits Lack Of Clarity On Upcoming Petrol Vitara Brezza Has Hurt Sales

Maruti Suzuki says its highly regarded subcompact SUV’s gross sales have been hit by the dearth of communication on its half on the mannequin’s future. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza diesel can be phased out, however {that a} petrol model is coming was not well-known, creating confusion within the shoppers’ minds.

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Maruti Suzuki additionally formally confirms the petrol Vitara Brezza – one thing first reported by carandbike

The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – a mannequin that defied gravity since launch, has seen gross sales climb down over the previous three to 4 months. Its not simply that its been round for lengthy, or that newer fashions have pushed in since. That admission comes from the corporate itself. That these new fashions are robust on petrol variants – one thing the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza doesn’t even have, is what has actually begun to harm it. However there’s extra to it. It’s not simply the diesel-only tag however the truth that Maruti Suzuki had introduced in April that it might kill the diesel variant subsequent 12 months, that is actually triggered the decline. And gross sales have been slumping at an alarming fee. “The vehicle that we are having a problem is the Vitara Brezza – its a diesel car. And we have announced that the diesel Brezza will not be carried over to next year. And people think that the Brezza as a model will disappear. Its not true” says R C Bhargava, Chairman Maruti Suzuki India. 

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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza’s current 1.3-litre diesel engine can be discontinued earlier than the BS6 norms kick-in

He went on to say that it was presumably a miss on the corporate’s half to haven’t communicated this to consumers, who incorrectly believed that the Vitara Brezza was destined to be phased out as soon as the BS6 deadline got here into impact on April 1 2020. He provides, “Well before the end of this financial year, we will have a petrol (Vitara) Brezza in the market, I don’t think customers are aware of that. And when there’s a petrol Brezza in the market, all the fears people have that this model will go away, its spare parts will not be available, service will not be available, and its a defunct model – is not valid (sic). So people need to know – we probably slipped up on it – that a petrol Brezza is coming along – and its exactly the same car – except with the petrol engine. And to extend confidence on the diesel also we have given an extended warranty of 5 years – so that people don’t feel worried that this car will not work.”

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The petrol model of the Vitara Brezza will both get the 1.5-litre Ok15B engine from the Ciaz or the 1.2-litre VVT from Baleno, each are already BS6 compliant

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The plan to launch a petroleum variant to switch the diesel one has at all times been within the works. In actual fact carandbike was the primary to interrupt that story for you, and you’ll learn that right here. The corporate has two selections – to go together with the brand new 103 bhp, 1.5-litre Ok15B engine from the Ciaz or the 89 bhp, 1.2-litre VVT engine that powers the Baleno. Each engines are BS6 compliant, and have the choice of a torque convertor computerized or CVT auto respectively. Whereas the 1.5-litre engine will assist give the Vitara Brezza the required punch to tackle the rivals, staying with the smaller 1.2 will give it the tax profit that extends solely to smaller displacement sub-Four metre vehicles. There’s a risk of the automobile being supplied with two engine variants in consequence to take the combat to the Hyundai Venue (that additionally will get two petrol choices), in addition to the Mahindra XUV300 and upcoming Kia QY subcompact SUV.

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Conformation on the petrol Vitara Brezza could enhance a few of its flagging numbers till the automobile arrives firstly of 2020

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Maruti Suzuki had introduced in April this 12 months that it might not carry ahead its tried and examined 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine household over to the BS6 regime. Whereas the 1.5-litre DDiS 225 engine will make it throughout the road, the worth of upgrading the smaller diesel to satisfy the BS6 norms was not justifiable. And therefore the corporate took a name that the smaller displacement vehicles would go petrol solely, with hybrid variants within the pipeline. Since then it has additionally steadily been introducing an rising variety of its BS6 petrol fashions, just like the Baleno, Swift, Wagon R, Dzire and Ertiga. Gross sales have been underneath strain throughout the car business. In July Maruti’s gross sales crashed 35 per cent over the identical month final 12 months. The Vitara Brezza, Ertiga and S-Cross UV phase at Maruti had seen a 38 per cent droop. Conformation on the petrol Vitara Brezza could enhance a few of its flagging numbers till the automobile arrives firstly of 2020.

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