Maruti Suzuki confident of beating Honda City with new Ciaz

Maruti Ciaz is the most fuel-efficient car in India; bookings open on Wednesday.

Jaipur | Published:September 3, 2014 2:48 pm

Maruti Suzuki India, which is gradually increasing focus on the premium car segment after dominating the core market of small cars for years, expects its new ‘Ciaz’ midsize sedan to emerge as the top brand in the segment beating current leader, the new Honda City, and the Hyundai Verna. While bookings opened on Wednesday, the Ciaz will be launched in the middle of the festive season – first week of October at an estimated price of about Rs 7 lakh (petrol) and Rs 8 lakh (diesel).

The carmaker, which today commands almost 45% of India’s 25 lakh units  passenger vehicle market, has traditionally found it tough to make headway in premium C and D sedan segments with previous models, the SX4 and Kizashi, failing to make a significant impact. Among rivals, the City currently sells about 7,000 units a month, the Verna does about 5,000 units, followed by the Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid.

Mayank Pareek, COO, sales & marketing at Maruti Suzuki said, “The market size of the A3+ (midsize sedan) segment is about 16,000 units a year and we aiming for leadership. In the A3- segment, the Dzire is already the market leader. We have a lot of loyal customers looking to upgrade from A3- and our premium hatchbacks and they will be a major target.”

“This is the first step of a whole new product range coming from Maruti, especially in the upper segments. There are many products slated over the next 2-3 years,” a company official added. Industry sources said that Maruti is expected to soon launch a compact SUV/crossover in the Rs 11 lakh range, while it is also said to be working on two more SUVs, a premium hatchback and a large MPV.

To make sure the Ciaz is successful in the market, Maruti has trained 2,800 staff across the company and dealer to interact with a more premium set of customers. “We learnt after the Kizashi experience, that importing fully-built models make no sense. Also, the way you sell an Alto is very different from how you sell a bigger car. The premium customer wants a relationship and may close a buy in two weeks, an Alto buyer has already decided and will purchase within a week,” Pareek said.

Designed largely in Japan, the Ciaz will be most fuel-efficient car in India – the diesel variant claims a 26.2 kmpl fuel economy beating Honda City diesel’s 26 kmpl. It also offers the longest wheelbase (more legroom) and largest boot space in the segment. There is also a 4-speed automatic petrol version on offer, while features like projector lamps will be offered across all variants. The Ciaz also has a new touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, and bluetooth phone pairing facility.

 

– Roudra Bhattacharya | Financial Express

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    Adil Aftab
    Sep 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm
    The Co. should not change the design or model of ciaz for quite some time in future so that the ciaz owners do not have the feeling of having old model soon after purchaze.
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    Adil Aftab
    Sep 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm
    The car -Ciaz- is longer and wider as well besides being more fuel efficient as compared to Honda City. Hence more impressive...... The desire of car lovers.
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    Gourav
    Sep 7, 2014 at 10:49 pm
    Yaa sure..maruti u can beat honda with ur stolen design...but in ur dreams..:)
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    Kesari Mehta
    Sep 11, 2014 at 6:22 am
    Now drive home your dream car for Free while we pay the EMI's in exchange of placing a small adver at the back of the car. Hurry and visit now www.emifreecars
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    Mahesh Kirali
    Sep 4, 2014 at 5:44 pm
    Maruti Suzuki Ciaz launched in indias:www.youtube/watch?...
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    Abdul Razzak
    Sep 23, 2014 at 11:17 am
    India's leading car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has launched the all new Ciaz sedan...:goo.gl/nFCrjr
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    Abdul Razzak
    Sep 23, 2014 at 11:07 am
    India's leading car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has launched the all new Ciaz sedan..:goo.gl/nFCrjr
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    Saurabh Chhabra
    Sep 18, 2014 at 8:07 pm
    I have a Honda Jazz myself and I love the car. I was planning to buy City Diesel i-Dtec until I heard its rattling. "Intolerable" in a word. Moreover, there is a defect brewing this engine. Hydro-static lock; while the car pes through shallowest of waters, The company doesn't cover and neither the insurance companies. They charge about 1.5 lacs for repairs and Honda is shameless enough not to accept the designing glitch. A few of the people I know who have Honda Amaze and City are fighting the case for the same in the Indian consumer court. Sigh. So, yes, Maruti Ciaz Diesel for me please!
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