From this Sunday, I’m beginning a collection of weekly specials. These will probably be insider information about future firm mannequin applications, happenings, stuff that you’ll not have learn in any of the fanatic magazines and stuff that once they publish is accompanied by ‘SCOOP’ in caps and daring. As not one of the media retailers have any use for my rantings, as correct as they could 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 accessible in worldwide markets. The Escudo, based mostly on the GM-Suzuki Chevy Equinox platform, is a good-looking trying automobile and can be an excellent 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 creating. That is anticipated subsequent yr solely. By the tip of this yr, Maruti’s diesel plant and its new facility in Manesar will probably be operational. And that might imply further headache for its competitors.The Wagon R will get an overhaul this yr. The Solio that Maruti showcased on the Auto Expo this yr is an indicator to issues of the longer term. The reworked Wagon R can have extra legroom and a brand new face as properly. I count on a diesel to be slotted in when Suzuki is prepared with Fiat’s 1.Three-litre Multijet.
The Zen will lastly be put to relaxation, a tough act to do with a mannequin that’s nonetheless promoting a number of hundreds each month. However the Zen brandname is not going to die. I count on the MR Wagon to be launched in India with the Zen model identify. The MR Wagon is a nifty small automotive powered in Japan by a 660cc engine however the Indian model might get a much bigger engine.
The Swift sedan can be on the anvil, most probably by finish of the yr with a petroleum and the brand new Multijet diesel. The Swift itself will get the diesel shot as properly.