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India's leading passenger vehicle manufacturer Maruti Suzuki is all set to start the second shift at its Gujarat manufacturing facility which commenced operations in February 2017.
Currently, both the Vitara Brezza and the Baleno has a waiting period of nearly 20 weeks in the Indian market. The Gujarat plant produces around 10,000 Baleno's per month. The addition of the new shift will also reduce the production pressure at the Gurgaon and Manesar plants.
Maruti Suzuki aims to produce 1,50,000 Baleno's at the Gujarat plant in the current fiscal. In the period of April-August 2017, a total of 90,555 hatchback were manufactured. The Baleno also supassed the two lakh sales mark in India earlier this year.
The Vitara Brezza compact SUV is produced at the Gurgaon facility, and a total of 60,194 units were manufactured in the period of April-August 2017. The compact SUV also achieved the 1.50 lakh sales milestone in just 17 months since launch.
Senior Executive Director of Maruti Suzuki India, RS Kalsi said, "From October onwards, a second shift is being added at the Gujarat plant. This will ease pressure at our Gurgaon and Manesar plants, especially for the Baleno and Brezza."
He added, "We are having continuous robust demand for the Brezza and even if we have increased output, the orders are coming in and that's why this model still has a high waiting period." With additional units of Baleno coming from Gujarat plant, the automaker can adjust the production of other models.
The Maruti Vitara Brezza and Baleno has been the best-selling products in India. With the rise in demand, the automaker has decided to ramp up the production to cater the customers. The Vitara Brezza takes on the rivals such as Ford EcoSport and Tata Nexon. The Baleno locks horns with the Hyundai i20 and Honda Jazz.