Suzuki Alto: Tiny Carbon Footprint
Motoring Channel Staff - 27/February/2009
The Suzuki Alto will be on sale later in 2009
The ultra compact Alto will be budget priced
– Joining the
Suzuki Swift small car later in the year, the Alto made its Australian
debut at the 2009 Melbourne International Motor Show.
and smallest member of Suzuki's unique range, the new Alto 'combines
eye-catching style and easy urban mobility with great performance in
terms of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions' says the Japanese company.
by a 1.0-litre petrol engine, the ultra-compact and light weight
vehicle could be a big hit for Suzuki in Australia as drivers look at
downsizing and reducing expenditure.
Powered by an inline
3-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine developing 50kW of power
and 90Nm of torque, the Alto will be very cheap to run.
Euro IV compliant engine uses just 4.5 litres of fuel
per 100km travelled and produces only 103g/km of CO2 emissions,
which will make it one of the greenest cars in Australia.
A 5-speed manual will be standard while a 4-speed automatic transmission will be available as a cost option.
is the answer for people wanting a quality vehicle offering great
performance, high levels of safety and outstanding fuel economy," said
Suzuki Australia's general manager Tony Devers.
Devers said the
new Suzuki Alto would put a quality, environmentally friendly car
within reach of all customers for the first time.
The Suzuki Alto will go on sale in Australia in the
third quarter of 2009 and no price has been released yet, but it could be priced at under $10,000.
has long been a pioneer in the automotive industry, and the new Alto is
pioneering a new sub-light car for Australia," said Devers.
"Alto will represent the essence of the Suzuki commitment of offering outstanding value for money," added Mr Devers.
Devers confirmed that the Alto would be available in two specifications, both packed with features.
entry level Alto will come standard with air conditioning, CD stereo
system with MP3 auxiliary input, remote central locking, ABS brakes and
"The top specification Alto adds alloy wheels, fog lamps, a tachometer and ESP stability control," said Suzuki's general manager.
The ultra-compact car is just 3.5 metres long and 1.6 metres wide, which should make it very easy to park. The compact car also has a turning circle of 9 metres which means it will have excellent manoeuvrability.
The cabin layout apportions most of the space to the front seats but
still provides 'ample' space for four adults according to Suzuki.
It also has numerous storage
spaces for small items located throughout the cabin.
Suzuki also claims there's a usable amount of
luggage space behind the rear seats and folding down the rear seatback
will expand the space into a roomy luggage area suited to daily use.
at Suzuki’s Manesar plant in India, the Alto was designed by
Suzuki engineers and tuned for European customers based on an extensive
test drive program.
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