MG Motor India aims to increase the production of SUV Hector by up to 30%

NEW DELHI: MG India engine He plans to increase the production of his SUV Hector About 30 percent after the BS-VI emission standards take effect as of April 1, according to a company official.

The company, which launched the ZS EV last week, will also review plans for an electric vehicle (EV) sub-Rs 10 lakh considering the robust response to its pure electric SUV. "In case of Hector we are planning for another ramp up and hopefully that should happen in two-three months' time," MG engine President of India and MD Rajeev Chaba He told PTI.

The company has received good response to Hector , its first model in India, and retailed 3,021 units in December 2019. Since its launch in July 2019, the carmaker recorded total sales of 15,930 units of the Hector .

"Right now we are focussing on smooth transition to BS-VI from BS-IV in terms of dealer stock. Based on next two months we will decide but we are thinking that around 3,500 to 4,000 (units) per month of Hector we can do," he said.

The first quarter will take some beating due to the adjustment of stocks, Chaba said, adding that from April to May onwards it can increase to 3,500 to 4,000 per month.

Right now the company is producing around 3,000 units of the Hector from its Halol plant.

With over 2,800 orders received for the ZS EV, way above its expectations, MG India engine is considering to ramp up production of the vehicle to 300 or 400 units a month after three or four months, up from 200 units a month currently.

When asked about the company's plans for the sub-Rs 10 lakh electric vehicle following the strong response to ZS EV, Chaba said it is now also an interesting development.

I think we are going to seriously review what kind of shape and size, range and price are needed for the next generation of electric vehicles, he said, adding that there will be a concept in the next Auto Expo, but we will modify it based on consumer response.

Explaining the process despite this, he said: The EV less than Rs 10 lakh has to generate interest in millennials and has to be a very lifestyle type of EV. Therefore, it will not be a normal conventional design. It has to be different, he said, and added: We will sign our plans after Auto Expo depending on the response.