Maruti unveils Alto 800, gets over 10K pre-orders

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
New Delhi/Mumbai: Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. country’s largest car maker on Tuesday launched new version of its Alto model ranging from Rs 2.44 lakh to 3.56 lakh ex showroom New Delhi for petrol and CNG variant.

Launching the car, Maruti Suzuki said, the company has already received bookings of over 10,000 units of Alto 800.

“Our engineering team has made many innovations to offer more space, improve drive ability and safety to customers,” Shinzo Nakanishi, Maruti’s managing director, told reporters.

The new car’s petrol model offers 15% greater fuel efficiency, he said.

The company says, petrol variant delivers fuel efficiency of 22.74 kilometers per litre and the factory fitted CNG variant branded Alto Green, delivers a fuel efficiency of 30.46 kilometers per kilogram, 13% better than the outgoing Alto Green.

Maruti, controlled by Japan’s Suzuki Motor, has had over 10,000 pre-orders for the Alto since bookings were opened in late September, Nakanishi added.

The Alto has been launched in the view compete against variants of Tata Motors Nano, Hyundai Santro & Eon and Chevrelot Spark, from General Motors which is also getting ready with its facelift, which will be launched soon. Importantly. Sales of Maruti’s entry-level models are down 21% so far in the current fiscal year in comparison with these models.   

In the fiscal year 2011-12 that ended in March, Maruti sold over 310,000 Altos, making it the world’s biggest selling small car. Indians bought 2.02 million cars that year. 
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