Suzuki shows Alto minicar ahead of Paris Motor Show debut
Suzuki is expected to build two different versions of the Alto - a low-cost model to be manufactured by Maruti at a plant in Manesar, India, and a global version that will be sourced from Japan. Power for both models will come from a newly developed Euro 5-compliant 1.0L aluminum petrol engine with carbon-dioxide emissions of less than 109g/km.
The Suzuki Alto was first introduced in Japan back in 1979 and has since gone on to spawn six generations, with sales in Europe, the Middle East and South America. The current generation Alto is the largest selling car in India, however has been under threat by new models from Hyundai and General Motors. The latest, seventh-generation car, will once again be an A-segment five-door hatchback and could for the first time be sold in North America.
Suzuki is also planning to reveal several hydrogen fuel-cell concepts including a motorbike with a 100hp (75kW) electric motor powered by an air-cooled fuel-cell.
2009 Suzuki Alto