Automated manual transmission (AMT) is becoming popular in the Indian market as many car manufactures like Maruti, Tata already using AMT technology in some of their cars while Hyundai and Renault are the latest to join the bandwagon. In the previous article we told you that about the “AMT to be the part of 30 Percent of Passenger Vehicles by 2020”, which is at present at 2-3 percent only.
Hyundai and Renault will be using AMT kits from German Based ZF Sachs while Magneti Marelli supplies for Tata and Maruti. The Grand i10 would be the first Hyundai model to be equipped with AMT which is available in both petrol and diesel engines, though the petrol is already available with a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
The next GEN Eon is also likely to get AMT technology which is expected to hit Indian shores by the first half of 2016. The first Renault product to get AMT will be the upcoming XBA aka Kayou entry level hatchback which is scheduled to be revealed on 20 May 2015. XBA/Kayou is built on CMF (Common modular platform) and carries 0.8 liter petrol engine that delivers 50-55bhp power.
Tata motors currently offers AMT on Zest diesel compact sedan while the upcoming GenX Nano will receive the same AMT gearbox and it has its market launch next month while Maruti uses this technology in Alto K10, Maruti Celerio. Both the manufactures have been using AMT kits from Italian company, Magneti Marelli.
Magneti Marelli is working on to set up its own manufacturing plant in the country by seeing the huge demand and growth in the upcoming years. Magneti Marelli is rumored to establish its plant near Maruti Suzuki facility in Manesar, Haryana.
Why almost every car maker is after AMT technology because it is less costly and fuel efficient as compared to an automatic car, apart from that in AMT gearbox clutch doesn’t need to be pressed which results in stress free driving especially in heavy and slow moving traffic.
AMT equipped cars are affordable than conventional automatic transmission and it is not much expensive than its manual variants.