Maruti Suzuki, the largest carmaker in India, has issued an official statement which reads that the company will start exporting its Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) to South Africa and Tanzania. The company has started shipping the same to these market, ahead of its scheduled launch in India in the second quarter of this fiscal.
The dispatched shipment to South Africa and Tanzania consists of 100 Super Carry LCVs comprises petrol variants, which is powered by the G12B engine. MSI also plans to export the ‘Super Carry’ to SAARC nations. At the same time, it will also look at exploring export opportunities in other international markets. According to the automobile manufacturer, the new launch is the most efficient of its class and comes with 3 years and 100,000 km warranty. In South Africa, the Super Carry is priced at 1,29,900 Rand (Rs. 5.58 Lakh) and is looking to attract business owners and entrepreneurs in this market.
Commenting on this new development MSI said:
To start with, it will be launched in select parts of the country. For the domestic market Super Carry will be powered by the E08 diesel engine.
For making it easy for its consumers, the company is looking at setting up a separate retail channel for Super Carry in the domestic market.
Maruti announced its plan to enter the LCV segment in India in 2013, but it got delayed as MSI itself issued statement that ‘it expected to launch the vehicle within two years’, but the project never took off then.
In 1982, MSI signed an original agreement with parent Suzuki for the launch of Super Carry LCV in India, but the project got shelved in between because of poor response from the market at that time.
In India, Super Carry is to be launched this calendar year and is expected to get a 0.8-liter twin-cylinder diesel engine used on the Celerio. Whereas a CNG/LPG option will also be available for the buyers.