Maruti Suzuki's parent company Suzuki's Gujarat plant is set to be operational from later this month and the Indian subsidiary expects to reduce the waiting period of its best-selling models in the country.
Currently, the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza have a waiting period of around 20 to 24 weeks depending on the variants. With the Gujarat plant set to be operational in a few days, Maruti Suzuki aims to reduce the waiting period for these models.
The Hansalpur-based manufacturing plant will be Suzuki Motor Corp's first wholly-owned unit in the country. The manufacturing facility will roll out the Baleno's from the first assembly line.
Maruti Suzuki is selling around 10,000 to 11,000 units of Baleno and Vitara Brezza every month. The company expects to receive around 10,000 units of Baleno from the Gujarat plant this fiscal.
The Gujarat manufacturing facility has attracted an investment of $1,400 million from Suzuki and the new plant is equipped with two assembly lines capable of producing 2.5 lakh units per annum and an engine plant.
Suzuki will supply vehicles and components to Maruti Suzuki India from the new plant. India is the biggest market for the Japanese automaker which owns 56 percent of MSI.
Maruti Suzuki India Chairman, RC Bhargava said, "Our major difficulty in 2016 has been inadequate manufacturing capacity, which resulted in quite large waiting period for the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza."
He added, "The commissioning of the Gujarat plant this month should give relief in 2017-18." He stated that the company had to adjust the production of other models in order to decrease the waiting period of the Baleno and Brezza to some extent."