New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India’s (MSI) entry-level vehicle — the new Alto 800 made its debut in India on Tuesday. With the launch, India’s largest carmaker aims to deal with the sales deficit that has hit the company’s sales scores in the past. It is believed that MSI also looks to overcome tough market conditions, especially soaring petrol prices, high interest rates and shifting customer tastes.
However, the new version of Alto already seems to be the darling for small car-lovers, as the much awaited model registered over 10,000 pre-orders. Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has had over 10,000 bookings for its new entry-level vehicle, the carmaker's managing director Shinzo Nakanishi said on Tuesday.
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Nakanishi further said that: "Around 200 engineers from Suzuki Motor Corporation and Maruti Suzuki were jointly involved in development of this vehicle for over four years".
The Alto was first launched in September 2000 and has registered sales of over 2 million units so far.
What to look for:
The petrol variant of the new Alto has been priced at Rs 2.44 lakh and would go up to Rs 2.99 lakh and promises a fuel efficiency of 22.74 kmpl.
While, the CNG variant has been priced at Rs 3.19 lakh to Rs 3.56 lakh with a fuel efficiency of 30.46 km/kg.
The price of the existing alto (petrol) ranges between Rs 2.49 and 3 lakh while the CNG variant is priced in the range of Rs 2.97 to RS 3.48 lakh.