Maruti Suzuki exports over 1.5 million vehicles

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The Indian biggest carmaker Maruti Suzukihas reported that it has cumulative exports of 1.5 million (15 lakh) vehicles with the top five exported models. The company has a great export market in more than 100 countries, including Latin America, Europe and Africa. Maruti Suzuki Alto, Celerio, Swift, Baleno and Ciaz models have more demand in the top Maruti Suzuki export markets, Sri Lanka, Peru, Philippines and Bolivia.

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Maruti Suzuki has started export business in the European market in 1987-88 with the small range of cars, Maruti 800, Zen, Alto and A-Star. In the history of the Indian carmaker, the Baleno hatchback is the first premium car exported to the Japanese market (Suzuki’s home market) from India.

                       

Kenichi Ayukawa, MD and CEO of Maruti Suzuki, said that…

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A new generation Maruti Suzuki Alto is coming up ; Kenichi Ayukawa , MD Maruti Suzuki, said in an interview

In an interview with TOI, Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO of Maruti Suzuki, admitted that the company needs to upgrade Alto. He also said that the company is planning to introduce a new-generation of Alto. He didn’t mention about the time-frame or what we can expect in the new gen Alto.

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Alto 800
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Alto K10

Though Alto is the top selling car in its segment(overall top seller too), numbers are constantly declining these days. If the trend continues further it may lose its top position. Maruti nowadays started concentrating on premium segment, but by paying no heed to Alto’s decline, cannot afford to lose its throne to Renault’s Kwid. Kwid aside, Datsun introduced redi-GO and competition in the segment is becoming intense day by day. Entry level segment is a tough nut to crack but then came the Renault Kwid with a superb design which is changing the segment dynamics like never before in India.

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“Originally entry cars had big volumes, but now people expect a little more premium cars. We have to prepare and respond to all these expectations,” Ayukawa told TOI . “The Indian customer is upgrading and expecting more premium vehicles.” 

Though he didn’t mention about what we can expect in the new gen Alto, we can safely expect the new version to be more premium than the present model.Expect the engines and other mechanicals to remain same, the changes to expect are interiors, exteriors & features. We can expect a much stronger structure to meet the proposed Bharat New Car Assessment Program standards.

Source: ET Auto