Auto Expo 2018: New Gen Maruti Suzuki Swift To Launch In India Next Month

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The 2018 Maruti Suzuki will debut in India on February 7, 2018

Maruti Suzuki is all set to debut the third generation of the Swift in India and we’ll first see the car in the flesh at the 2018 Auto Expo. The company has officially begun bookings for the car and the dealers all across the country have started accepting it at a booking amount of ₹ 11,000. The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift will be launched at the expo and deliveries will begin post that pan India. We spoke to a few dealers though who confirmed saying that it s likely that the car will carry a waiting period of 3 to 4 months from the start.

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(The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift is based on a new platform and is lighter too)

The Maruti Suzuki Swift has dominated the hatchback segment and the new generation promises nothing different. The first two generations have been dominant in the compact hatchback segment ever since 2005 and it has always been on the list of top ten cars sold every month since then. Maruti Suzuki says that it has sold more than 5.8 million Swifts globally. The new generation, then, has big shoes to fill in and Maruti Suzuki isn’t holding out on making this one a cracker of a car.

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(The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift boasts a brand new design, but the infotainment system is familiar)

The new-generation Maruti Suzuki Swift gets a brand new design, and it’s an all new design language as well, which enhances the looks of the car. The new Swift is based on the 5th generation of the HEARTECT platform and it has grown in terms of dimensions. The 2018 Swift is wider (up by 40mm) at 1735 mm, has a longer wheelbase which has gone up by 20 mm at 2450 mm and is shorter than its predecessor by 10 mm (yes you read that right). Having said all of that, Maruti Suzuki says that the cabin of the new Swift boasts of better leg, knee and head room at the rear.

The new Swift also gets a major design and styling overhaul with new bold single-frame grille flanked by the bug-like headlamps with projector units and LED daytime running lamps and LED taillights. The car also gets new sportier alloys, a floating-style roof design with blackened B-pillar, and new front and rear bumper. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will also get an extensively updated cabin similar to the Dzire with a flat-bottom steering wheel. There’s also a new infotainment system which comes equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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(The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift will get an AMT option as well)

Commenting on the all-new Swift, RS Kalsi, Senior Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) at Maruti Suzuki India said, “We will take the excitement to a new height with the all-new Swift. The all-new Swift with its distinctive design, advanced technology, uplifting performance and enduring driver experience will bring disruption in the premium hatchback segment. In its newest avatar, the Swift undergoes a bold transformation to meet the aspiration of young and ever changing customer. We are delighted to open bookings for the all-new Swift and look forward to a grand launch at the Auto Expo 2018.”

Under the hood, the Maruti Suzuki Swift will continue using the same 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines. The 2018 Swift will be now available with a manual as well as an Auto Gear Shift (AGS). There will be a primary of 4 variants on offer in both petrol and diesel – LXi, VXi, ZXi and ZXi+. The AGS will be only available in the VXi and ZXi variants in both fuel types. The company is also bringing in a host of new colours and there will be a total of six on offer. The Prime Lucent Orange is the new colour on offer on the Swift.

There’s good amount of boot space too with 268 litres of space which is an improvement of 58 litres over its predecessor.

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Will Need Government Incentives To Fulfil India’s EV Dream: Maruti Suzuki

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India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzukisaid today that government incentives will be needed to make electric vehicles (EVs) affordable as the country moves towards the eco-friendly solution for mobility. The company, which plans to launch its first EV in India by 2020, also said it will conduct a study to find consumer insights to prepare for the journey. Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chairman RC Bhargava said affordability is a major challenge that EVs will face and for them to be successful, focus has to be on manufacturing of batteries and other components within the country to bring down cost.

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Maruti Suzuki Cars

  • Baleno

  • Vitara Brezza

  • Swift

  • Alto 800

  • Dzire

  • Celerio

  • Wagon R

  • Ignis

  • Ertiga

  • Celerio X

  • Omni

  • S-Cross

  • Eeco

  • Ciaz

  • Alto K10

  • Gypsy

“I think it will be required… My gut feeling is that yes, some kind of intervention would be required but I don’t know to what extent,” he told reporters when asked if government incentives would be needed to support electric vehicles transition in India.

Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Studying Market For Electric Vehicles

As electric vehicles are a new development for the Indian auto industry it would be difficult to say in details how much government support would be needed, he added. The company will conduct a study to understand more about consumer insights on electric vehicles, which will also help in estimating how much of government support will be needed, he said.

“Before that I can’t really say with any kind of confidence that this the kind of government intervention is required,” Bhargava said.

The aim of the study would be to find out as to what is the ground reality, where people park their cars and charging infrastructure and what is their thinking about EVs, he said. “It will gauge what average consumer thinks about EVs. This survey is going to provide us the first reliable data from the ground. We will start it within two to three weeks and by about end of February we would have some authentic basis to answer queries on EVs,” Bhargava said.

Stressing on the need for cost of electric cars to be within the reach of consumers, he said, “75 per cent of cars are small cars. How to make small cars electrified and affordable?

“I think this is one of the challenges which we will have to face because making an affordable large car is different from making an affordable small car. We need to keep that in mind. So what kind of government support, policy is required needs to be worked out.”

The government has set eyes on 100 per cent EVs for public mobility and 40 per cent electric for personal mobility by 2030. In a white paper submitted to the government, auto industry body SIAM had proposed 40 per cent of all new vehicles sold in the country to be electric by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2047.

When asked about MSI’s EV launch plans, he Bhargava said the first one will hit the market by 2020 and the company will also set up charging stations. On the future of conventional internal combustion (IC) engine vehicles, he said it will continue to grow.

The company has done an assessment, assuming an annual growth rate of 8 per cent between now and 2030, that 71 million cars will be sold, of which 14.4 million will be electric and 56.6 million will be IC vehicles, he said. “So, conventional cars will continue to be four times that of electrics,” he added.

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Focus on new tech to cut emission, enhance mileage: Maruti

The company also claimed that “three of the most fuel efficient cars in India” are all from its stable.

The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India(MSI) is focusing on new technologies to cut emission per vehicle while enhancing fuel efficiency for its future models.

The company said it has been able to bring down weighted average of CO2 emission for its entire fleet by nearly 19 per cent over a decade since 2007—08.

“Going forward, we will continue our focus on investing in new technologies and strengthen our capability to bring down emissions per vehicle by enhancing fuel efficiency of our cars,” Maruti Suzuki India Executive Director (Engineering)C V Raman has said in a statement.

Besides upgrading current engines and transmissions, and making models more aerodynamic to enhance the fuel efficiency, MSI has also focused on new generation light weight platforms, such as the Heartect on which Baleno and new Dzire models are based, for “safer and more fuel efficient vehicles“.

“We work on platform strategy and keep on rationalising them to offer better value to the customers by better fuel efficiency and better performance, which leads to reduction in emissions,” Raman added.

On its effort to cut emissions, the company said it has reduced the weighted average of CO2 emission by around 19 per cent for its entire fleet.

MSI has aslo said that it had started the exercise to reduce CO2 emission from 2005-06 by taking 100 as base for its entire fleet. It came down to 80 in 2016-17 as compared to 98.5 in 2007-08.

Introduction of mild hybrid system in mass market vehicles along with factory fitted CNG in vehicles have helped the company offer more eco-friendly vehicles, it added.

The company also claimed that “three of the most fuel efficient cars in India” are all from its stable.

These are the diesel variants of hatchback Celerio (27.62 kmpl), compact sedan Dzire (28.4 kmpl) and mid—sized sedan Ciaz (28.09 kmpl).

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Paytm ‘Is as Indian as Maruti’, CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma Says on Chinese Funding

Paytm 'Is as Indian as Maruti', CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma Says on Chinese Funding

Paytm ‘Is as Indian as Maruti’, CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma Says on Chinese Funding
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Alibaba pumped in $680 million into Paytm’s parent One97 last year
Chinese investors are looking to raise their stake to 70 percent in Paytm
Paytm Bank will not engage in a rate war with rivals like Airtel
Facing criticism over significant Chinese ownership, Paytm Founder and Chief Executive Vijay Shekhar Sharma has asserted that the payments and e-commerce platform is “as Indian as Maruti” and prides itself on being a representative of the “India story”.

“We are as Indian as Maruti is…we are ‘India story’ in every sense whatsoever,” Sharma told PTI.

The once-government controlled Maruti is now majority owned by Japanese carmaker Suzuki Motor Corp with a 56.21 percent stake as its sole promoter.

Paytm had hailed the ongoing demonetisation drive with advertisements displaying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s picture, leading many critics to point out that its single largest shareholder is Chinese giant Alibaba, the world’s largest e-commerce player.

Sharma said Paytm goes out into the world as an Indian company that is of “pride” to India. “What matters to us is our customers, what matters to us is the law of land, regulator,” he said.

Alibaba Group and its affiliate Ant Financial pumped in $680 million into Paytm’s parent One97 Communications last year, taking its total shareholding to over 40 percent in the country’s largest mobile wallet operator with close to 160 million customers.
The criticism over ownership, circulated widely through instant messaging apps, sought to pick up on sentiment of banning Chinese products.

Sharma, however, appeared unfazed by the criticism, saying, “Everybody else has a way to say whatever they want to say. We don’t come to that level and reply.”
A recent report also said Chinese investors are looking to raise their stake to 70 percent in the company, which is at the cusp of launching a payments bank.

(Also see: How to Transfer Money From Paytm Wallet to Bank Account)

Reserve Bank guidelines say foreign shareholding in payments banks would be as per the prevailing FDI policies for private sector banks, which currently stands at 74 percent.

Sharma had on Saturday said that Paytm Bank, its payments bank offering scheduled for commercial launch next month, will not engage in a rate war with rivals like Airtel, which is offering 7.25 percent interest on deposits.

“None of our products are driven by anything that anybody else does. I do not know the interest rates of my rivals. But I don’t think our product is built around the interest rate,” Sharma said.

Disclosure: Paytm’s parent company One97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.

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