New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki is feeling the pinch of labor strikes, with about 2-4% of the prospective customers of one of its successful models, Swift, deciding to cancel orders due to the long waiting period.
Alarmingly for the firm, dealers said, is the fact that around half the customers who cancelled orders have opted for rival brands such as Toyota Liva and Volkswagen Polo.
The new model of Swift, one of the top selling cars from Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), was launched in August. The firm has about one lakh undelivered booking orders of Swift.
Depending on petrol and diesel options, and geographical locations, buyers are waiting for 2-7 months to own a Swift.
“There is a huge waiting period for the Swift, mainly because of the impact on production at Manesar due to the strikes.
The petrol Swift has a waiting period of about 22-24 weeks, while the diesel version currently has waiting period of about 24-26 weeks,” an executive at a Delhi-based dealership said on the condition of anonymity. He said for the last 1-2 months, no Swift model has been delivered by the company to the showroom.
“Because of the long waiting period, many people are cancelling their bookings. In our showroom, 2-4% people have cancelled their Swift bookings and shifted to other models like Ritz. Some people have even moved to other car makers,” the executive said.
Expressing similar experience, a Guwahati-based dealer said his outlet has seen 1-2% of the people changing their decision from Swift to other compact cars such as Toyota’s Liva and Volkswagen’s Polo.
“Another 1-2% of the buyers shifted to the Ritz,” the dealer said, adding that Swift had a waiting period of about 3 months for both petrol and diesel engine options.
When contacted, MSI managing executive officer (marketing and sales) Mayank Pareek accepted that some people had cancelled their bookings while favoring other models.
“...but this percentage is very small. A total of about 2% people may have cancelled their bookings in favor of other models, including those of Maruti’s. We are delighted that even in the times of such situations, customers are staying with us,” he added.
Pareek said MSI currently has about one lakh undelivered Swift orders, and the car had waiting periods of about 2 months for petrol version, while it is 4-5 months for a diesel variant.