Due to the increasing popularity of its models, the country’s largest automaker Maruti Suzuki has been reported to have a significant increase in waiting periods for its select models. According to reports, some of the vehicles in its lineup have reservation periods as long as nine months. The range for this waiting period has been reported from anywhere between 2.5 months to nine months. Although some models also have a shorter wait time as well.
It is to be noted that these above-mentioned periods are not set in stone, they will still differ from city to city and from state to state, however, generally they would be nearly about the same. As per sources, MSIL’s highly popular MPV Ertiga currently has the longest waiting period of nine months. This will be followed by the newly launched sub-compact SUV the Brezza which currently has a wait time of up to three months.
Next up on the list is the hatchback Swift, as it stands customers will have to wait roughly 2.5 months for the model to arrive. Apart from these, vehicles like the Grand Vitara, XL6, and Baleno will have a three-month waiting period. Similarly, the sub-compact sedan Dzire range has a 1 month waiting period. The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, on the other hand, has a 1.5-month waiting time.
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On the flip side the waiting queues for the Maruti Suzuki’s more affordable range of cars like the newly launched Alto, Wagon R, S-Presso, and Celerio are rather short. For the Alto, it is less than a week, while for the Wagon R, S-Presso, and Celerio, it is less than a month. The waiting period for the Maruti Ignis is also under a month.
Recently, it was also revealed that the Grand Vitara, the most premium model offered by the brand, had received 56,000 bookings overall since going on sale three months ago. Maruti Suzuki reports that the new Grand Vitara currently makes up about 15% of its overall backlog of reservations. Depending on the city and the SUV model chosen, the waiting time for this small SUV has also been reported to be between 2 and 9 months.
The SUV has the shortest waiting times in Delhi and Bengaluru, where they are 2-3 months. However, potential Grand Vitara customers from places like Noida and Ghaziabad may wait up to 9 months. The Grand Vitara also popular in western and southern Indian regions has waiting period of almost 6-7 months. According to reports, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara’s lower-spec Sigma and Delta models, which are powered by the 1.5-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated K15C Dualjet petrol engine, have received the bulk of the bookings.
In other Maruti Suzuki India Limited news, recently the company announced that it will raising the prices of its vehciles in the country beginning from January of next year. MSIL in its recent regulatory filing stated, “The Company continues to witness increased cost pressure driven by overall inflation and recent regulatory requirements. While the company makes maximum effort to reduce cost and partially offset the increase, it has become imperative to pass on some of the impact through a price increase. The Company has planned this price increase in January, 2023 which shall vary across models.”
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