15 August, 2014
Although the Indian automotive market is sluggish at the moment, there seems to be a sudden rise in the sales of the hatchback segment over the last two months, as evidenced by the increasing figures. The latest car crowning this segment is the Celerio, manufactured by none other than India’s automotive giant Maruti Suzuki.
The Celerio comes with all the features of a standard Maruti Suzuki hatchback, as well as the reliability factor that we Indians associate with this badge. It is equipped with a Bluetooth enabled music system, ORVM turn indicators, six-spoke alloy wheels, and front fog lamps. As far as safety is concerned, the Celerio is installed with 2 front seat airbags and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).
This vehicle clocks around 1000 bookings a day, and is giving its sibling, the Maruti Suzuki Alto, a run for its money to become India’s best-selling car.
Easily, Celerio’s USP is the availability of automatic transmission, not in the traditional sense though. This is something that no other car in its segment offers. It offers a five speed transmission coupled into a unit that controls its transmission hydraulically, unlike the actual Automatic Transmission. Maruti Suzuki calls this auto gear shift (AGS), their new innovative technology, to break the myth that auto gear technology is expensive. AGS is perfect for stress-free driving in Indian traffic.
Both passengers and luggage have ample room, with a spacious cabin offering enough leg room, shoulder space and height despite the small size. The boot capacity is 235 litres, more than any other car in its segment, including its sibling, the Maruti Suzuki Swift. If that’s not enough, the rear seats can be folded to almost double the luggage space.
One of Maruti Suzuki’s defining features has been fuel efficiency, and Celerio is no exception, only this time it also offers the convenience that comes with an automatic car. The Celerio gives mileage of around 18–21 kilometres a litre, which is nothing less than brilliant for an automatic vehicle. Furthermore, Maruti Suzuki has also launched a CNG variant of the vehicle, the Celerio Green.
The Celerio starts at a competitive price of Rs. 3.76 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), and the automated manual transmission (AMT) version costs just Rs. 38,000 more, starting from Rs. 4.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Celerio’s pricing is fantastic and the difference of Rs. 38,000 between the automatic and the manual shift is the main reason for its popularity. This is pretty much the ‘right car’ to go for if you drive around the city. However, the importance of selecting the right car insurance policy cannot be overemphasized while buying the ‘right’ car. Protecting your car just got simple with Royal Sundaram Car Insurance, as you can purchase the policy online at nominal rates. You can also generate a quote online simply by sharing your car model details and engine capacity; just fill in the form and get your car insured within minutes.
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