Saturday, 21 July 2012

Maruti Suzuki to delay the launch of its small 800cc car - New Alto

Maruti Suzuki's top brass Mr. Shinzo Nakanishi conveyed it to media regarding the delay in launch of its much anticipated new small 800 cc car for India. Earlier the company had planned to launch the car during Diwali however the car maker has said due to the recent violence at the factory the production of the small car will get delayed, the production of which was slated to start some where within a week or two.

The car maker has also said if we are able to recover from the situation early, then we might launch the car as planned however nothing can be confirmed as of now.

It is understood that MSI has upgraded the existing engine and platform of the Alto instead of a complete overhaul in order to reduce development costs. 

The company has stopped selling its bread-and-butter model M800 in specific cities, where Bharat Stage IV emission norms are applicable as the car does not meet the stringent parameters. 

Although MSI is still selling its first model in the country in other places, it had categorically ruled out upgrading it. The M800 will be naturally phased out once emission norms are upgraded in rest of the country. 

Alto is MSI's best selling car so far. However, in recent times, the monthly sales have fallen to about 20,000 units, including Alto K10, from about 30,000 units earlier due to factors like high interest rates and rising petrol costs. Huge stock of petrol cars are lying at the dealers level now. 

In fact, MSI had in May stopped production of petrol models, like the Alto, M800, A-Star, Estilo and Omni for three days to prevent inventory pile up.

Meanwhile, the car maker is also reported to said for working upon a small 800 cc 2 cylinder Diesel engine which could deliver a mileage of 30 Kmpl.


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