It is for the first time that MSI made model is being exported to Japan where its parent SMC is based. SMC has launched the all-new hatchback Baleno in Japan with 1.2 Dualjet naturally-aspirated engine, the Japanese firm said in a statement. The 1.0 Boosterjet variant of the vehicle will be launched on May 13, it added.
Maruti Suzuki MD and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said: "Launch of 'Made in India' Baleno in Japan is a proud moment for all of us. This reaffirms Maruti Suzuki's manufacturing potential and growing importance of Maruti Suzuki India Limited in Suzuki Motor Corporation's global business strategies.
"The Baleno is a model developed with Suzuki's expertise in building compact cars in pursuit of the ideal compact hatchback. The model embodies a harmonious and high-level combination of the elements expected in a compact car including design, comfort, and driving and safety
On the launch, Sujan R Chinoy, Ambassador of India to Japan said: "The model being launched today, the Baleno is a state-of-the-art car developed and manufactured in India through Suzuki's excellence. It will be exported to 100 global markets including Japan. I am confident that the Baleno will prove to be a huge success in Japan."

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