New Delhi :
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Friday said it is recalling 63,493 units of petrol smart hybrid (SHVS) variants of Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6 models to rectify faulty motor generator unit (MGU). “The company will inspect 63,493 vehicles of petrol SHVS of Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6 for a possible issue with the Motor Generator Unit (MGU),” MSI said in a statement.
A possible defect may have occurred in the MGU during manufacturing by an overseas global part supplier, it added. The vehicles were manufactured between January 1, 2019 to November 21, 2019.
“In the interest of its customers, the company has decided to proactively recall the vehicles for inspection and those found ok will be released immediately,” MSI said.
Vehicles requiring replacement of faulty part will be retained for part replacement free of cost, it added. Starting December 6, 2019 owners of the suspected vehicles under this recall campaign will be contacted by Maruti Suzuki dealers for inspection and replacement of the faulty part, the country’s largest car maker said.
Recall campaigns are undertaken globally to rectify faults that may be potential safety defects. Apart from this, the country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India on Tuesday said it will hike prices of its vehicles from January to offset rising input costs.
Other car manufacturers such as Toyota, Mahindra & Mahindra and Mercedes-Benz said they are also contemplating a similar move. Hyundai Motor India and Honda Cars India, however, said they will not increase vehicle prices in January, but their products will see rise in prices when BS-VI compliant models are introduced in the market.
Taking the first step for the year-end price hike announcements, Maruti Suzuki India said in a regulatory filing that over the past year the cost of company’s vehicles has been impacted adversely due to increase in various input costs. German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz also said the company is mulling over a similar price increase.
“If input costs go up, you have to deal with that. So we will also potentially look at how to manage that. It is possible that we do something. We have not decided but it will depend on our cost reviews,” Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director & CEO Martin Schwenk said when asked if the company was planning a price hike in January.
(With inputs from PTI)