Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest passenger car maker is set to launch next generation Alto Eco minivehicle, called A-Star in India. The current Suzuki's model claims fuel efficiency 30.2 kmpl while the Toyota Prius hybrid's claimed 32.6 kmpl. But next generation A-star claims an outstanding fuel efficiency of 33 kmpl.
How A-star achieves this fuel efficiency ?
In order to achieve this mileage, a number of eco-friendly technologies were used in the vehicle. The technologies include regenerative braking system and a start-stop system. Moreover the design is aerodynamic, a number of components are reduced and the weight of the vehicle became lighter by 20 kg.
The four wheeler is powered by a 660 cc three-cylinder petrol engine, which delivers a maximum power of 52 Bhp and a maximum torque of 63 Nm. In Japanese market, the Alto Eco with this engine gets a CVT automatic gearbox and a start-stop system.
Maruti Udyog Limited(MUL) produced Maruti 800 (which is based on Suzuki Alto) in Indian market in 1983. At that time the only competitors of Maruti were the Hindustan Ambassador and Premier Padmini. The company's annual exports is more than 50,000 cars and has an annual domestic sales of 730,000 cars.
Maruti Suzuki's manufacturing facilities are located at Manesar and Gurgaon, in Haryana. Both have a combined capability to produce over 14,50,000 units annually. Various models offered by Maruti Suzuki are Maruti 800, Alto, Maruti Alto 800, WagonR, Estilo, A-star, Ritz, Swift, Swift Dzire, SX4, Omini, Eeco, Gypsy, Grand Vitara, Kizashi and the new Ertiga.
Like the Chinese market, the Indian auto market also has predecessor and successor models selling side-by-side such as the Alto K10/A-Star, Accent/Verna and Spark/Beat. Suzuki A-Star is a successor to the Alto (Alto F8D and the K10). Depending upon the country, the Suzuki A-star's name is branded as Alto/Celerio/Nissan Pixo.
A happy news for the Suzuki fans is that the company is planning to launch four new SUVs in next two years. Among this, one will be the Maruti XA Alpha concept, which was showcased at the 11th Auto Expo 2012 held at New Delhi.
As diesel prices have been decontrolled by the government of India, the new A-star will become a huge success. If launched in India, A-star will compete with the Chevrolet Beat diesel and the upcoming Tata Nano diesel. Suzuki has already announced that the new fuel saving technologies will eventually make it to its biggest market, India.
The Alto will be equipped with a regenerative braking system and a start-stop system
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