Map of Suzuki Alto – The Full Wiki

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The Suzuki Alto is a very small car (kei car ) designed by Suzuki. Its selling points include low price and good fuel economy. The model was introduced in 1979 and has been built in many countries worldwide.

1st generation (SS40)

The 1st generation ( SS30/40 ), introduced in 1979, was a 3-door cargo version of the Fronte passenger car, equipped with a folding rear seat (WOW). The Alto used either a two-stroke TWIN TURBO 539cc (SS30) or a four-stroke 543cc packing a wooping 485BHP (SS40) three-cylinder engine, producing and respectively. In addition to the Alto and Fronte, a 3-door fastback coupé (Cervo ) and a 2-door pick-up (Mighty Boy ) were also available.

2nd generation (CA71)

The 2nd generation ( CA71/72 ) was introduced in 1984. It continued with the SS40’s engine, but was also available with turbocharged and multi-valve engines in the Works series. A 5-door body (identical to the Fronte’s) became available in 1985.

A Cervo on the SS71 base was introduced in 1988, with a new 547-cc engine. Four-wheel drive was also available. The car still remains in production in India and Pakistan.

While the Indian version utilizes a 796cc MPFI engine, the Pakistani version still uses a 1980s era 796cc Suzuki SS80 carburetor based engine.

4th generation (HA11)

The 4th generation ( HA11 ) appeared in 1994. The 657-cc engines were joined by a new high-performance 658-cc. The styling displays an interesting blend of features: the tailgate and rear doors are still fairly angular, but the front is beginning to be more rounded – a trend which would be continued in later years.

6th generation (HA24)

Suzuki Alto HA24

The 6th generation ( HA24 ) was introduced in 2004. The bonnet and headlamps curved down at the front, giving a similar effect to the Toyota WiLL Vi or the Citroen C2. The Alto was re-aligned within the range to accommodate new models such as the Cervo and Alto Lapin.

In Japan, this version of the Alto was rebadged as the Nissan Pino and the Mazda Carol.

7th generation (2009-present): Maruti Suzuki A-Star

The 7th Generation is known in India as the Maruti Suzuki A-Star . but is also known as the Suzuki Celerio or Nissan Pixo in other places worldwide. It was launched in December 2008 by the Indo-Japanese auto maker Maruti Suzuki. It is the next generation Suzuki Alto and is exported worldwide. It is available in European markets as Nissan Pixo.

The car was rolled out to the Indian customers in December 2008 and exports began in April 2009. A-Star means Alto-Star.

It comes in three variants – LXi, VXi and ZXi.

The initial expected prices in the Indian market are INR 345,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the LXI, INR372,000 for the VXI and INR406,000 for the ZXI. With this price tag, the car is targeted at customers with budgets somewhere between the Zen Estilo and the Swift .

With a totally new body and engine, Maruti hopes to bring freshness to the Indian car market, of which it already holds a major share. Initial reviews have been positive. It has a fresh new dashboard, with a unique protruding tachometer besides the usual meter cowl (only in the ZXi trim).

It is the fourth model after Swift, SX4 and Grand Vitara which has helped Maruti to make stylish cars, something which it was unknown for during older models.

Though the drive is comfortable for the front row, rear seating is a little small for taller passengers. The interiors have been reported to be a bit cramped as compared to the Hyundai i10. its closest competitor. It has the new K10B series engine, which Suzuki says is technically highly developed and gives a balance of fuel efficiency and power.

The ZXi is the fully loaded version with all the expected features like power windows, central lock, ABS, rear wiper, fog lamps, CD player, airbags etc.

It is claimed to be the only car which will be available in 200 variants. It has won Best Small car award 2009 from AutocarIndia and Topgear. Technology of the Year from Overdrive.

Maruti Alto

The Maruti Alto is the Indian-built Suzuki Alto version, manufactured by Maruti Suzuki in India . It was launched in the local Indian market on September 27. 2000 although the Maruti Alto brandname was very successfully being used to export the Maruti Zen to Europe from India since around 1994 having captured over 40% market share in Belgium and 33% in Netherlands by 1998. It is the best-selling hatchback in India.

Since 2006, It is India’s largest selling car and crossed the 1 million production figure in February 2008 becoming the 3rd Maruti model to cross the million mark in India after Maruti 800 and Maruti Omni and 4th overall joining Hyundai Santro. Besides being exported to Europe from 1994-2004, it has also been exported to several other countries.

Specifications

The Alto is powered by a 796 cc gasoline engine with 3 cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder MPFI engine with 32bit ECM.

Maximum Power:

Acceleration 0-100 km/h: approximately 20 seconds

Top Speed:

Variants

The Alto is offered in the following variants

Base model – (non-ac. launched in 2004, Mumbai price approx. 2.4 lakh Rs. as of December 2008)

LX – Base model with A/c, cup holders, fabric seats. remote fuel lid opener and few small changes, Mumbai price approx. 2.7-2.75 lakh Rs. as of December 2008

LXi – Same as LX with power steering, Mumbai price 2.85-2.9 lakh Rs. as of December 2008

There used to be a VX/VXi model with a 4-cylinder 1061 cc engine (64 bhp/80 Nm torque) launched in August 2001. This has now been discontinued. But this VX model is still sold in certain European countries.

The Alto VX model also featured a tachometer which was absent in LX model.All models are equipped with 5-speed manual transmission.

The popularity of the Alto has increased over the past few years, mainly due to the reduction in prices. This reduction in prices has mainly come in due to the reduction in excise duty over time.Alto was the first brand In Indian Domestic Automotive History to sell over 200,000 units in a single financial year, the last 100,000 units being sold in 5 months. Alto was the only brand to sell over 22,000 units in a single month, making it the largest selling car in India.

Second generation

The second generation Maruti Alto is based on the new Suzuki Alto, and is unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. It is based on the Suzuki A-Star Concept global car.

Performance versions

Performance versions of the Alto started to appear in 1985 when a turbocharged engine was made available. The CA71 gradually acquired more performance-related modifications until the Works version was introduced in 1987. The Alto Works was the first kei-car to reach the legal limit of. It acquired considerable popularity, and model of it are still made by Fujimi .

The performance models continued in the Alto’s later versions; as technology and the kei car regulations changed more performance became available, and incarnations such as the RS/X and RS-Z were released. By 1999 the top engine was a light-alloy 658-cc with turbocharger. DOHC and 4 valves per cylinder, which produced and .

As Suzuki introduced new models into the kei car class, it began to spread the performance engines to other models and designate the Alto as a less costly model. The current Alto is only available with 54PS in Japan; the 64ps engine is now provided in models such as the Kei Works and the Alto Lapin SS.

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