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Maruti’s A-Star to Be Called With Three Different Names

By Motortrend India Staff   |   16 September,2008

Everyone is eagerly waiting for the launch of Maruti-Suzuki A-Star. The global car is manufactured in India, will carry three different names in the global market. This is first time in the Indian car industry where the same car will be baptized with three different names.

Maruti Suzuki will trade name the car as A-Star in India and the same car will be contract-manufactured by Maruti for Nissan Motors and will be called Pixo. In Europe it will be called the new Alto. The car would be manufactured from Maruti Suzuki’s plant at Manesar in Haryana and will be showcased at Paris Motor Show next month.

Suzuki Alto and Nissan Pixo will compete against Toyota Aygo in the global market and in India it will give a tough time to Hyundai i10, Fiat Palio and Tata Indica Vista.

According to Maruti Suzuki India spokesperson, “A-Star is from completely different segment an have nothing to do with Alto. Alto will continue to be the flagship model of Maruti Suzuki in India.”

The company also announced that Alto, A-Star, and Pixo will be built on the same platform, but will be different between European and Indian models. A-star will be propelled by Suzuki’s 1.0 litre K-series engine. But the Alto and Pixo will have additional feature of four speed automatic transmission (similar to the Hyundai i10) for trouble-free city handling which could be absent in A-Star.

According to some of the sources in car industry, the A-star will fall in the smallest premium hatchback segment in India with its 3,565-mm length, 1,470-mm height and 1,600-mm width, with a 2,360-mm wheelbase.

The four-seater will be enhanced with efficient design and spacious interiors and also offers generous boot.

The hatchback comes with safety features like airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic power steering and steering-mounted audio controls. The car will hit the Indian market in November and the global market early next year.

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