Our country finally seems to have reached the automatic cars era. Many automakers are now giving prominence to automated manual transmission (AMT) cars. The buyers for these cars although slow, is surely rising. Automatic gear shift frees the driver from using the clutch for gear changes, as built-in electronic units control and select the gears. And more important, the fuel economy level in an AMT car is better than manually operated variants. All the same the driver can change his preference and switch to manual transmission anytime while on the drive.

The country’s favourite brand Maruti Suzuki was the first automaker to roll out an AMT car. That first car was the Zen Automatic which came in the year 1996. Much later Maruti came out with automatic versions for some of its popular cars like the Alto, Ritz and the Swift. Maruti Suzuki has now nearly 8 cars in the automatic cars segment and all are quite popular ones around. The more recent automatic models are the Celerio, Ciaz and the Grand Vitara.

The latest in its portfolio – the Maruti Suzuki Celerio which is selling like hot cakes now, has surely given a push to all car makers in this direction.Starting at Rs 4 lakhs, Celerio promises a hassle free drive and provides most of the modern day safety and comfort features. The car returns an impressive 23.1 kmpl of mileage.

Maruti Ciaz, another new sedan has two automatic petrol variants priced at Rs 9.2 and Rs 9.9 lakhs respectively. There is no automatic transmission on offer in the diesel model. Ciaz is all about style, comfort and features. People on the lookout for the trendy big cars can opt for the Grand Vitara AT version at Rs 26.6 lakhs. It beats most of its rivals in its segment in terms of performance and mileage.

Maruti A-Star also came with an automated version but it soon had to retreat from the car market due to high cost and poor sales. Maruti Ritz is an ideal city car with good looks and many convenient features. The automatic version will cost around Rs 6.1 lakhs. Swift Dzire, the best-selling car of the year also has an AMT variant. The Dzire looks very much like the Swift hatch except for the extra passenger and boot area at the rear. The Dzire VXI AT variant costs Rs 6.6 lakhs approximately.

The cheapest automatic car of the country currently is the Maruti Alto K10 which is available at just Rs 3.8 lakhs. K10 is powered by the K-series engine along with a number of internal and external make-over and with an eco-friendly certification.

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