Premier to set up 200 Premier Authorised Service Stations(PASS) to service the Rio Compact SUV by June 2012!

In a couple of months’ time, Premier Automobiles Limited will roll out the BS4 emission norms compliant version of the facelifted Premier Rio compact SUV with a Fiat Multijet engine. Once this happens, the firm expects sales to start improving as the Rio Compact SUV will be sold across India, in BS4 cities, unlike the current situation where only a petrol engined model of the Rio is sold in BS4 cities. Along with the launch of the BS4 complaint Rio Diesel, a big announcement that has come from Premier is that the automaker will set up 200 Premier Authorised Service Stations(PASS) across India to service the Rio.

Premier Authorised Service Station

Premier Authorised Service Station

This will be a very important move as scratchy after sales have been the biggest dilemma that prospective Rio owners have been facing in making their decision to buy the Compact SUV. By establishing an after sales network across the length and breadth of India, Premier hopes to allay all apprehensions concerning the after sales service for the Rio. Meanwhile, Premier just unveiled the facelifted model of the Rio compact SUV at the recently concluded Indian Auto Expo, where it also confirmed its plans of launching the facelifted Rio with a Fiat Multijet diesel engine under the hood.

2011 Premier Rio II

2012 Premier Rio Compact SUV Facelift

Both the Rio and its facelifted version are rebadged versions of a Chinese compact SUV called the Zotye Nomad. The Nomad in itself has Japanese origins as it based on the Daihatsu Terios compact SUV. Premier imports kits from China and assembles it at its assembly unit situated in Pune. Currently, the facelifted model of the Rio, though launched is yet to make its way into most Premier dealerships. The facelifted Rio sells with a BS4 compliant 1.2 liter MPFI petrol engine developed by AVL Austria and a BS3 compliant 1.5 Liter Peugeot TUD5 diesel engine.

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