The transmission of power from the engine to the wheels is done through a gear box in a vehicle. In normal cars with automatic transmission the shifting of the gear is done by a torque convertor as the car changes the speed. In the manual transmission the driver has to shift the gear after applying the clutch. In Automatic Manual Transmission popularly known as the AMT technology the driver can select the gear as per the requirements. The application of the clutch and the shifting of the gear are done automatically through electronic controls. This way the driver has some control on the fuel consumption.
The hatchback Celerio launched in 2014 is the first car to be fitted with an AMT gear box. The Celerio with monthly sales of nearly 7000 units has already entered the list of top 10 best selling cars in India. The Maruti gets the AMT gear boxes from the Italian company the Magneti Marelli. As there is high demand for these gear boxes the company is planning to establish a production plant in India.
The Maruti Celerio has two AMT variants Celerio LXi AT and the Celerio VXi AT priced Rupees 4.14 and 4.44 lakh ex-showroom respectively. The engine used for the 7 variants of the Celerio is a K10B 998 cc, 67 bhp, 90 NM torque engine giving a mileage of 23.1 kmpl. The dimensions of the Celerio are 3600 mm length, 2425 mm wheel base and 165 mm ground clearance with a 235 litre boot. The suspension is McPherson strut at the front and 3 link axle at the rear for the Celerio.
The Maruti Ciaz a sedan launched on 6th October 2014unveiled in the 2014 has two AMT variants Ciaz VXi AT and ZXi AT. The 6 petrol and 4 diesel variants of the Ciaz are priced 6.99 to 9.80 lakh. The 1.4 litre K series engines of the AMT variants give mileages of 19.12 kmpl. A manual AC, an engine immobilizer, child lock and central locking facilities, power windows, power steering with tilt adjustment, electric ORVMs with turn indicators and a 2 Din music system are the features of the car.
The refreshed models of the Alto K10 have been launched on 3rd November with prices ranging from Rupees 3.02 to 3.78 lakh for the 5 petrol variants and 1 CNG variant. The Alto K10 VXi AT priced Rupees 3.77 lakh has AMT gear box. This 996 cc car will gives mileages of 24.07 kmpl. It features a manual AC, power steering, power windows, internally adjustable ORVMs and a 2 Din music system.