New Delhi: It seems 'LUV' is in the air in the automobile industry. While Maruti Suzuki India has fallen for its new 'Life Utility Vehicle' Ertiga, for Mahindras-owned South Korean firm Ssangyong Motor, it is the 'Leisure Utility Vehicle' Actyon Sports that it is smitten with.

As companies look to create new segments in the already crowded automotive market and make a differentiation, new acronyms are being invented to attract customers.

Now, Maruti Suzuki has plastered India with its "Live life with LUV (Life Utility Vehicle)" adverts as it promotes its new Ertiga model, and stock investors appear to have responded in kind.   

As of Thursday's close, Maruti stocks had surged 9.3 percent since the launch of the model on April 12, versus a 2 percent gain in the broader Nifty index, after analysts cited the competitive pricing for the model.    

Shares in India's biggest car maker Maruti Suzuki added 1.1 percent on Friday, extending the rally after executives have been making media appearances citing the auto maker has received over 10,000 bookings in the first five days of sales.   

"Even as the product has lower engine power, Ertiga initial response is better than  expectations as it carries a competitive pricing and higher mileage tag with it," said Deepak  Jain, a sector analyst at brokerage Sharekhan.   

"Large proportion of Ertiga sales is expected to be for the diesel variants," Jain said.