Maruti-Suzuki Alto

The Alto K10 was launched in 2010 and became the fastest selling car in india. The Alto has also been the largest selling car in india since 2004. Its competitors are the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Estilo and the A-Star. The Hyundai Santro, Ford Figo and Chevrolet Beat too come in the same price bracket.

  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-3
  • Transmission:
    5 speed manual (Est.)
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    26 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    51 @ 3500
  • Displacement:
    796 cc
  • Top Speed:
    87 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    INR 249000
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2016 Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800

Same old hatchback under a new skin

There is no doubt in the fact that the Maruti Alto is the most popular entry level car of India and why not it carried forward the legacy of the Maruti 800 which was the only popular peoples car back then.

The Alto has been in the Indian market for a long time now and has broken many record and achieved many milestones. But recently Maruti seems to be little worried mainly because of their latest rivals the Renault KWID and the soon to be launched Datsun Redi-Go which has been gaining sales volumes mainly because of their Crossover styling and plenty of new features provided inside the cabin offered at almost the same price point.

Now for quite some time Maruti was planning to launch the updated Alto800. The car was also caught few times being tested, the reports also stated that Maruti had plans to showcase the facelift Alto at the 2016 Auto expo, but somehow that did not happen. Now that Maruti has launched the facelift variant of the Alto800 in India finally we have provided you all the information which is available at this moment about the new facelift Alto800.

Update18.05.2016:- Maruti launched the facelifft Alto800 in India today. The prices for the facelift hatchback start at INR. 2.49 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi) for the base STD variant.

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EXTERIOR

This is only a mid-life facelift for the Alto so as we all expected the changes to the exterior styling are minimal. The front profile gets a restyled headlamp cluster while there is also a newly designed grille and bumper added to the front. Maruti has also left a provision for fog lamps towards the lower front profile as well. The car actually has grown in size because of the new front bumper design. The facelift Alto800 also gets both right and left side ORVM’s for the first time as well.

Apart from these changes there were no other changes made to hatchback.

OVERALL DIMENSION

Overall length 3430 mm
Overall Width 1490 mm (without side molding)
1515 mm (with side molding)
Overall Height 1475 mm
Wheelbase 2360 mm

INTERIOR

The noticeable changes to the interior include a completely new dark gray interior. The seats too appears to be new while surprisingly the face lift Alto800 gets a rear seat headrest integrated with it. The rest of the interiors look identical to the ones you will find in the pre-facelift hatchback including the dashboard, instrument cluster, steering wheel and the audio system. The new door trim also matches with the overall interior which leaves a premium feel inside.Maruti has also added a new bottle holder for both the front as well as the rear passengers.

DRIVETRAIN

Like we already mentioned earlier also the facelift the Alto800 won’t have any mechanical changes under its hood and thus it is powered by the same 796 cc F8D engine which is capable of producing about 47.65 PS of peak power at 6000 rpm and 69 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. Although we thought that Maruti could introduce an AMT gearbox with the facelift variant this time but that is not the case, thus the engine will be paired to the same 5 speed manual gearbox.

Besides the petrol engine this entry level hatchback from Maruti is also available with a CNG variant as well.

SPECIFICATION

Swept Volume 796 cc
Engine Type F8D
No. of Cylinders 3
No. of Valves 12
Engine Control 32 Bit Computer
Maximum Power 35.3 Kw @ 6000 rpm

30.1 Kw @ 6000 rpm (CNG) |
| Maximum Torque | 69 Nm @ 3500 rpm 60 Nm @ 3500 rpm(CNG) |
| Transmission | 5 Speed MT Cable Type Gear Shift |

SAFETY FEATURES

The facelift Maruti Alto800 gets a driver side airbag only which is bit disappointing there is not even any option of a passenger side airbag as well.

PRICE

The prices of the facelift 2016 Alto 800 has been provided below:

Maruti Alto 800 facelift STD INR 2.49 lakhs
Maruti Alto 800 facelift STD (O) INR 2.55 lakhs
Maruti Alto 800 facelift LX INR 2.83 lakhs
Maruti Alto 800 facelift LX (O) INR 2.89 lakhs
Maruti Alto 800 facelift LXi INR 3.09 lakhs
Maruti Alto 800 facelift LXi (O) INR 3.15 lakhs
Maruti Alto 800 facelift LXi CNG INR 3.7 lakhs
Maruti Alto 800 facelift LXi CNG (O) INR 3.76 lakhs
Maruti Alto 800 facelift VXi INR 3.28 lakhs
Maruti Alto 800 facelift VXi (O) INR 3.34 lakhs

The (O) variants of the Alto800 are equipped with a driver-side airbag only . All the above prices are ex-Showroom, New Delhi based prices.

COMPETITION

RENAULT KWID

The biggest competitor of the facelift Alto800 is definitely the Renault KWID, the KWID with its unique Crossover styling and plenty of features inside definitely make it stand out in the crowd. Powered by a newly developed BR-8, DOHC petrol engine which is capable of producing about 54 Ps of peak power at 5678 rpm and 72 Nm of torque at 4, 386 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual transmission.

DATSUN REDI-GO

The newest entrant to the entry level hatchback market is the Datsun Redi-Go which will be launched in first week of June here in India. The Datsun Redi-Go uses the same KWID 800 cc drivetrain which produces about 800 cc unit produces about 54 Ps of peak power and 74 Nm of torque under the hood. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The car will be priced aggressively and definitely will be counted as one of the top contenders of this segment.

CONCLUSION

The Alto 800 facelift has not received any major changes it still remains to be powered by the three-cylinder F8 petrol unit, unfortunately if you want an AMT variant you still have to spend all that extra money and go for the bigger and more powerful Alto K10. Just like the exterior the changes to the interior are also minimalist and because there are no changes to its mechanical ’s the facelift Alto800 basically is the same car under the new skin.

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    • No mechanical change
    • It still offers quite less compared to its rival
    • the styling looks bit backdated
    • Lacks safety features

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Renault KWID 1.0 Litre VS Rivals Specs

Renault KWID 1.0 Litre VS Rivals Specs

Find out where the KWID 1.0 Litre stands
Renault KWID 1.0 Litre VS Rivals Specs
Renault KWID 1.0 Litre VS Rivals Specs
Renault KWID 1.0 Litre VS Rivals Specs
Renault KWID 1.0 Litre VS Rivals Specs
Renault KWID 1.0 Litre VS Rivals Specs
Renault KWID 1.0 Litre VS Rivals Specs

Renault definitely will leave a huge impact when they actually introduce the 1.0 Litre variant of the KWID hatchback. They already showcased the hatchback at the 2016 Auto expo where it attracted plenty of attention. Only today Renault has also unveiled almost all the details of their soon to be launched hatchback and we have updated all the details available at this moment about the 1.0 Litre KWID in our speculative review.

The KWID 1.0 Litre variant will not look a lot different than the smaller variant and the only way you can differentiate between the two variants is by actually seeing the 1.0 Litre badge positioned just beneath the C pillar of the hatch and also by the chequered flag positioned towards the lower portion of the front doors on either side of the hatchback. Inside there won’t be too much change either, the more powerful variant will get the same equipment level as found in the 800 cc variant.

We are actually bit disappointed with the safety features provided with the 1.0 Litre variant of the KWID because like we all have expected the more powerful variant will perhaps get ABS or EBD but unfortunately the hatchback is getting neither of them. What was even surprising is also the fact the driver side airbag will be available as an option while there is absolutely no provision of a passenger side airbag.

Coming to the powertrain the KWID 1.0 Litre variant will be powered by the 1.0 Litre, 3 cylinder SCe petrol unit which will churn out about 68 Ps of peak power and 91 Nm of torque. The engine will be paired to a 5 speed manual transmission as standard while there will also be an AMT transmission on offer at a later stage.

The new KWID 1.0 Litre variant will compete with the Maruti Alto K10, Hyundai Eon 1.0 Litre, Tata Tiago and the hatchback with the most powerful engine amongst this segment the Datsun GO.

Below provided is the entire tech spec of the Renault KWID 1.l0 Litre and its above mentioned rivals

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5 Great Hatchbacks of All Time in India

5 Great Hatchbacks of All Time in India

Maruti-Suzuki clearly has an edge with three models in the list
5 Great Hatchbacks of All Time in India

Indian customers are known for their love for compact small vehicles. The hatchbacks are naturally the most popular and most affordable cars in Indian market. They are easy to drive, easy to buy and easy to park. The hatchbacks are pretty much fuel efficient as well. Considering all the factors Indian customers more or often choose to buy a hatchback.

Almost every other auto manufacturer present in Indian market has at least one hatchback in their lineup. In recent times the hatchbacks are not just a small vehicle to transport. All the automakers are offering unique features with their hatchbacks.

Here we have selected five greatest compact hatchbacks which available in India. These hatchbacks have been at the peak of popularity for quite long time. Maruti-Suzuki has the largest fleet of hatchbacks in the country. This is also the largest brand in terms of sales and popularity in the country. Here in our list too, the Indo Japanese brand retains its majority.

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The best cars to drive in India's city traffic

The best cars to drive in India’s city traffic

With these cars you can commute in the city without any hassle
The best cars to drive in India's city traffic

Indian roads are notoriously congested, and at times the driving or riding in the Indian cities becomes nightmares for the vehicle owners. And now with every single day passing the volume of traffic on the Indian roads are increasing rapidly, which is leading to more traffic jams, late entry to office and many other troubles as well. People who dreams of large luxurious cars, finally end up getting nightmares as commuting in city with larger cars are pretty much taxing.

Now to get rid of that problem you can opt for either public transport system, which is economic but very tiring on other hand, or you can avail a small car which can take you to your destination without much hassle. Here come the 7 ideal cars for better city commuting in India.

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Top 5 Fuel Efficient Petrol Cars in India you can buy under INR. 5 lakh

Top 5 Fuel Efficient Petrol Cars in India you can buy under INR. 5 lakh

Petrol may be pricey, but here are some fuel saver petrol cars for you
Top 5 Fuel Efficient Petrol Cars in India you can buy under INR. 5 lakh

Indian customers have been known for their love for diesels, but in recent times as the government and courts implementing bans on diesel vehicles, the other fossil fuel petrol is coming in focus. The petrol cars are so far cheaper than the diesel powered cars. Although petrol cars are not known for their fuel efficiency, but we found some cars available in Indian market, which offer amazing fuel economy, even in some cases more than diesel ones.

For your convenience we made a list of petrol cars with great fuel economy available under the Rs. 5 lakh pricing slab. So what you get here is the list of 5 petrol cars, which comes with cheaper price tags and great fuel economy. That’s economic during the purchase and post purchase as well. The cars include several Maruti-Suzuki cars, and among others Tata Motors has the Tiago. Recently unveiled Datsun Redi Go also comes at the top models in the list, alongside the Renault Kwid. In fact, both the Renault Kwid and the Datsun Redi Go is at the top of the list jointly.

Let’s take a look at our list.

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Maruti-Suzuki launched the new Alto 800 at INR. 2.55 lakh

Maruti-Suzuki launched the new Alto 800 at INR. 2.55 lakh

The new facelift Alto 800 receives cosmetic updates only
Maruti-Suzuki launched the new Alto 800 at INR. 2.55 lakh

Maruti-Suzuki today launched the facelift new Alto 800. The new Alto 800 receives cosmetic upgrades at exterior and inside the cabin. The car boasts more space inside the cabin for the occupants. And very interestingly, the fuel economy has been improved as well. The new Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 comes with price tags ranging between INR. 2.49 lakh to INR. 3.34 lakh.

The Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 has received a front fascia which is similar with its sibling Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10. The front grille has been redesigned. The noses section gets a sleek slit joining two headlamp clusters. The headlamp clusters remain same, while the lower fascia gets provisions for the fog lamps. The fog lamps come at an additional price tag although. Maruti-Suzuki calls the new front fascia design “Aero Edge design”. The side profile also gets side cladding on doors which are similar to the Alto K10.

Dimensionally the Alto 800 stands with 3430 mm of length, 1490 mm of width, and 1475 mm of height. Apart from the existing body colours, new Alto 800 is available in two more colour options, which are Mojito Green and Cerulean Blue.

Inside the cabin, the car sports more space. The interior colour gets a new dark grey theme, while the seat and door trims receive new fabric upholstery, which bring a bit stylish look inside the cabin compare to the old model. The new Alto 800 also features integrated headrests for the occupants.

The power source for the Alto 800 remains same, but the 0.8 litre engine has been re-tuned to deliver improved fuel efficiency. Presently the engine delivers 48 PS of peak power and 69 Nm of peak torque with 24.74 kmpl of fuel economy. The fuel efficiency has been increased by 9% in the facelift Alto 800 petrol variant. Transmission duty is done by the same 5 speed manual gearbox.

On the safety front the car comes with a driver airbag as option on all the variants. All the variants receive passenger side wing mirrors as standard. The top variants receive rear door child lock, keyless entry.

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2016 Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800

2016 Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800

Same old hatchback under a new skin
2016 Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800
2016 Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800
2016 Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800
2016 Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800
2016 Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800
2016 Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800

There is no doubt in the fact that the Maruti Alto is the most popular entry level car of India and why not it carried forward the legacy of the Maruti 800 which was the only popular peoples car back then.

The Alto has been in the Indian market for a long time now and has broken many record and achieved many milestones. But recently Maruti seems to be little worried mainly because of their latest rivals the Renault KWID and the soon to be launched Datsun Redi-Go which has been gaining sales volumes mainly because of their Crossover styling and plenty of new features provided inside the cabin offered at almost the same price point.

Now for quite some time Maruti was planning to launch the updated Alto800. The car was also caught few times being tested, the reports also stated that Maruti had plans to showcase the facelift Alto at the 2016 Auto expo, but somehow that did not happen. Now that Maruti has launched the facelift variant of the Alto800 in India finally we have provided you all the information which is available at this moment about the new facelift Alto800.

Update18.05.2016:- Maruti launched the facelifft Alto800 in India today. The prices for the facelift hatchback start at INR. 2.49 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi) for the base STD variant.

Click past jump to read more about the 2016 Maruti Alto800 facelift

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Spec comparison: Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 facelift vs outgoing Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800

Spec comparison: Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 facelift vs outgoing Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800

The facelift model comes with updates inside out, no powertrain change available
Spec comparison: Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 facelift vs outgoing Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800

Maruti Suzuki being the most popular and best selling automotive brand in Indian market has several popular models in their stable. Maruti 800 was the first people’s car of the country, which garnered immense popularity during its tenure. Although Maruti-Suzuki stopped production of the Maruti 800, but the automaker couldn’t dare to neglect the popularity and the badge of the prized model. Therefore they introduced new models bearing the 800 badge. Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 is the direct successor of the Maruti 800.

The small compact hatchback is one of the very popular models in Indian market. It might not be aesthetically beautiful, but the car is surely practical. Launched in 2012 the Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 has garnered popularity in the country. Now with the steeply rising competition the Indo Japanese automaker is all set to introduce a facelift version of the popular compact hatchback in Indian market which will be launched in a few days. The new Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 will be competing against the popular Renault Kwid.

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The 2016 Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 facelift spied

The 2016 Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 facelift spied

The facelift Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 will launch this month
The 2016 Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 facelift spied

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is one of the most popular and best selling compact hatchbacks in India. The car is compact and affordable. In a few days the Indo Japanese automaker will launch a facelift version of the popular model. Before that, a facelift model of the car has been spotted.

The new car sports a completely revised front fascia, with new set of headlamps, redesigned front grille. The top end variants will receive round shape fog lamps at the lower fascia in the facelift model. Dimensionally the outgoing model gets 3395 mm of length, 1490 mm of width, 1475 mm of height and 2360 mm of wheelbase. It comes with a ground clearance of 160 mm. Expect the dimensions to remain unchanged. The exterior would get several other changes as well, while the interior is expected to sport a revised appearance also.

Presently the outgoing Maruti-Suzuki model gets power from a 796 cc F8D engine paired with a 5 speed manual transmission which generates 47.65 PS of peak power and 69 Nm of peak torque. Presently available in petrol and CNG variants, the facelift model is expected to get a diesel variant as well. Alongside the Maruti-Suzuki might introduce the AMT gearbox to the car, which will undoubtedly add on value to the car, and make it more popular.

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Spec comparison: Datsun redi-GO vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800

Spec comparison: Datsun redi-GO vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800

Datsun Redi Go comes with impressive look compare to Alto 800’s dated appearance
Spec comparison: Datsun redi-GO vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800
Spec comparison: Datsun redi-GO vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800
Spec comparison: Datsun redi-GO vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800
Spec comparison: Datsun redi-GO vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800
Spec comparison: Datsun redi-GO vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800
Spec comparison: Datsun redi-GO vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800
Spec comparison: Datsun redi-GO vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800
Spec comparison: Datsun redi-GO vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800

Datsun just unveiled their latest offering in Indian market in form of Redi Go. First showcased at the 2014 New Delhi Auto Expo as a concept form, Datsun unveiled the new compact hatchback four years later. The new compact hatchback looks stylish and very much urban. Although Datsun is not so popular brand in Indian market, but the Japanese automaker is expecting a sales boost with their latest offering, when they launch the car in mid May.

Datsun Redi Go is all set to compete against popular compact hatchbacks like Renault Kwid, Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon. Comparing all these cars, it can be said, that Datsun Redi Go boasts a much more stylish appearance than the other three cars.

Here we will take a look at the Datsun Redi Go and its competitor Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800. Let’s see, how these two cars stand against each other.

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Maruti Suzuki Alto Lapin - the next Maruti hatchback for India?

Maruti Suzuki Alto Lapin - the next Maruti hatchback for India?

Leaked Indian patent images indicate the manufacturer considering this retro hatch for the country.
Maruti Suzuki Alto Lapin - the next Maruti hatchback for India?
Maruti Suzuki Alto Lapin - the next Maruti hatchback for India?
Maruti Suzuki Alto Lapin - the next Maruti hatchback for India?
Maruti Suzuki Alto Lapin - the next Maruti hatchback for India?
Maruti Suzuki Alto Lapin - the next Maruti hatchback for India?
Maruti Suzuki Alto Lapin - the next Maruti hatchback for India?

Maruti Suzuki has been the hatchback segment leader for a very long time, owing to a dense range of products placed in a wide price spectrum. But the Alto moniker can undoubtedly be termed as the most successful car brand in the history of Indian Automobile Industry. And in order to further milk the fondness, acceptance, and belief of Indian customers for the Alto brand, Maruti Suzuki is reportedly planning to introduce an all-new compact hatchback in the Indian market. The root of these speculations lies in a single patent image that shows the JDM-spec Suzuki Alto Lapin. This image has recently been leaked on the Internet, claiming that it was a part of Maruti’s effort to patent the Lapin’s name and design in the Indian subcontinent.

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Maruti-Suzuki Alto about to reach thirty-lakh unit milestone

Maruti-Suzuki Alto about to reach thirty-lakh unit milestone

One Step Closer To That Legendary Milestone
Maruti-Suzuki Alto about to reach thirty-lakh unit milestone

The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki will soon be setting another sales record. Its small car, the Maruti Alto, will soon cross the thirty lakh sales mark. The Alto was launched in 2000 as a replacement for the iconic 800. It overtook the humble 800 – which managed to shift 28 lakh units in its lifetime – as the best-selling car of all time.

The Alto has been at the top of the sales charts for some time now and the credit has to be given to the company for it. Maruti has time and again succeeded in reading the pulse of the customer and updated the hatchback accordingly, with fuel efficiency being the only common aspect. There are many variants of the Alto that appeal to all kinds of budget-conscious buyers. There is the CNG variant, one with an automatic gearbox and another with a more powerful 1.0-litre engine. Keeping in mind the recent concerns on safety, the automaker has also offered several safety features such as airbags even on the base variants, as options.

Maruti Alto will be taking a little more than 15 years to reach the historic figure of 30 lakh units; the first car in India to do so. Statistically speaking, Maruti sells around 2 lakh units of the Alto in a year which translates into an average of 16,000 units a month. Reflecting the car’s growing popularity, the 20-30 lakh sales mark will be reached in the shortest time span. Helping the sale of the hatchback is the wide reach of Maruti’s dealerships that have expanded from 200 in the year 2000 to 1,750 dealerships today.

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Alto800 & Alto K10 Gets Optional Driver Side Airbags With All Variants

Alto800 & Alto K10 Gets Optional Driver Side Airbags With All Variants

Alto800 & Alto K10 Gets Optional Driver Side Airbags With All Variants

Perhaps Maruti is taking the safety of their occupants seriously now they have already installed optional dual front airbag and in some of their available products like Wagon R and Wagon R stingray, Maruti Celerio and even the Maruti Dzire and the Ciaz. While besides the dual front airbags some of the high end luxury models from Maruti Suzuki like the S-Cross and the Baleno also gets ABS and EBD as standard. Now they have provided driver side airbag as an option in all the variants of their entry level Allto800 and the Alto K10.

This is definitely a boon for those customers who take the safety issue seriously , the addition of the driver side airbag has made the Alto which also happens to India’s largest selling car 10 years down the row now has even more attractive package.

The driver side airbag equipped Alto 800 and the Alto K10 is priced INR. 6000 more than the non air bag variant, apart from the driver side airbag the left outside window mirrors is also available as an option across all the variants.

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Best Selling Cars Of October 2015

Best Selling Cars Of October 2015

Best Selling Cars Of October 2015

It is no wonder that automobile market in India has flourished in recent times. Specially, since last two decades private cars has been ruling the Indian roads. And the trend is all set to continue and grow gradually.

Maruti Suzuki has been serving the country’s automobile market for quite long time. Truly they have become the people’s car maker in India. Not only that; when it comes to selling cars, they have been sitting on the top of the list for long time despite so many competitors with their innovative new products in the Indian market. If we check the latest report, which is made based on the sales report of October, 2015, we can see that Maruti Suzuki is the lone topper with several top selling cars coming from their stable.

It is no wonder, that we Indian have a keen soft spot in our heart and brain for Japanese, Korean automobiles. That is why, the sales report shows, Maruti Suzuki has ruled the segment with all the top four cars from their stable. While the Hyundai has a fare share too. Honda too is not very far behind in the list. The lone solely Indian automaker in the top ten selling car list is the Mahindra, which is famous for their range of rugged looking and high performing SUVs.

Here we tried to bring you a brief list of the top selling cars in India in the month of October. We also tried to show a comparison between the top ten selling car’s list of October, 2014 and October 2015.

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Maruti-Suzuki launched limited edition Alto K10 Urbano at 3.23 lakhs

Maruti-Suzuki launched limited edition Alto K10 Urbano at 3.23 lakhs

Maruti-Suzuki launched limited edition Alto K10 Urbano at 3.23 lakhs

Although Maruti Suzuki Alto is the successor of Maruti 800, the first people’s car in India, but the Alto K10, which is one of the later model didn’t taste the success their predecessor. Maruti Suzuki recently launched a limited edition version of the Alto K10, named as the Urbano.

As other limited edition cars this one too comes with some new features, styling updates. Alto K10 Urbano comes with attractive body graphics at exterior, lots of chrome garnishing at the front and rear of the car; while inside the cabin we can see premium art leather seat covers, stylish foot pedals, restyled instrument panel at the dashboard, steering mounted hands free Bluetooth kit, fast USB charger with voltage and temperature display, ambient lighting inside the cabin, trendy LED door sill guard. The car comes with rear parking sensors, long range vision bulbs integrated to the headlamps. This car comes at a price range in between INR. 3.23 lakhs to INR. 4.05 lakhs (Ex-showroom price, Delhi). Maruti Suzuki launched this car keeping an eye to the potential customer base during the upcoming festive season, but as Alto K10 doesn’t come that much popular, therefore it is really hard whether it will make a good impression or not.

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Maruti-Suzuki's popular Auto Gear Shift cars sold 50000 units

Maruti-Suzuki’s popular Auto Gear Shift cars sold 50000 units

Maruti-Suzuki's popular Auto Gear Shift cars sold 50000 units

Automatic gear shifting is quite a popular technology all around the globe. Indian customers too are slowly opting toward the automatic transmission technology. Indian customers are generally cost sensitive, hence automatic transmission is yet to get a fare share in the Indian market, as it comes quite expensive than the manual one, and moreover automatic gear boxes are not that much fuel efficient like that of the manual ones. Hence comes, Automated Manual Transmission, which neither is completely automatic one, nor completely a manual one.

Several auto manufacturers are trying to woo the customers in Indian market by pairing their vehicles with AMT gearboxes. There are several names also. Maruti Suzuki calls it Auto Gear Shift technology. Recently, Maruti Suzuki has announced their Auto Gear Shift technology powered cars have crossed a sales figure of 50, 000 units. Incidentally, Maruti Suzuki offers two cars with AGS, which are Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Maruti Suzuki Alto K10.

Eventually, Maruti Suzuki Celerio comes as the most fuel efficient car of Indian in the segment. Customers from Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi prefer to buy AGS cars.

Auto Gear Shift system is equipped with the Intelligent Shift Control Actuator (ISCA), which is an electric hydraulic actuator, which automatically performs clutch and shift operations. Auto Gear Shift technology combines the actuator and controller and directly mounts them in the transmission in order to unify the working components. It permits synchronised control over the clutch, shifting, and engine and helps in smoother gear changes. It also brings together the advantages of both the manual and automatic transmissions, while the gear shifting time is shortened compared to the conventional automatic transmissions. Mated with the 1 litre K-next engine, the new generation transmission system with optimized ECU calibration helps to boost the fuel efficiency of the car.

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Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Datsun Go vs Hyundai Eon (Petrol)

Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Datsun Go vs Hyundai Eon (Petrol)

Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Datsun Go vs Hyundai Eon (Petrol)
Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Datsun Go vs Hyundai Eon (Petrol)
Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Datsun Go vs Hyundai Eon (Petrol)
Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Datsun Go vs Hyundai Eon (Petrol)
Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Datsun Go vs Hyundai Eon (Petrol)
Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Datsun Go vs Hyundai Eon (Petrol)
Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Datsun Go vs Hyundai Eon (Petrol)
Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Datsun Go vs Hyundai Eon (Petrol)

This month of September is bringing us some amazing news from automobile industry. While yesterday Ford launched their all new look and styled compact hatchback Ford Figo, Renault today launched their own, which is Renault KWID. It has been the vehemently awaited car of this month since it came under the sun for the first time, and now it has finally arrived.

Renault just launched their much awaited and hyped crossover looking compact hatchback Renault KWID in India.

As Renault marked their footstep on Indian roads, there are several other vehicles waiting eagerly to give this car a tough competition. Among them are cars like Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Datsun Go and Hyundai Eon. But, the question is, can Renault KWID actually compete against those vehicles, or is it all set to reign the segment for quite some time. We tried to find out the answer.

How? Here take a look at our spec sheet based comparison between Renault KWID, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Datsun Go and Hyundai Eon.

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Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 (Petrol)

Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 (Petrol)

Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 (Petrol)
Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 (Petrol)
Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 (Petrol)
Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 (Petrol)
Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 (Petrol)
Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 (Petrol)
Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 (Petrol)
Spec comparison: Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 (Petrol)

After so many headlines made by SUVs, compact SUVs, crossovers in recent times, Indian automotive sector is gearing up for a compact hatchback again. It has been the talk of the town for quite some time now, and it is all set to be launched soon. Yes, we are talking about the new compact hatchback Renault Kwid.

The upcoming car is already arriving at various dealerships across the country. This car comes with 98% localization on manufacturing terms in India, which means it will be priced very aggressively in the country. No matter how popular and impressive the SUVs, compact SUVs and even compact sedans are, the most lucrative bet for common Indian has always been the compact hatchback. Small, convenient, budget fit – with these characteristics, compact hatchbacks have always been the cup of tea for every other common Indian citizen.

As the launch date of Renault Kwid is nearing, the other cars in the segment are also gearing up for a tough rivalry. Among those cars the front runner is Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. Maruti 800 has always been the most popular car of India over decades, and being the direct ancestor of that model Alto 800 comes pretty popular in the entry level segment of Indian compact hatchback fraternity. As these two cars are all set to lock horns on roads, we brought you a spec sheet based comparison.

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Spec Comparison: Renault KWID VS Rivals

Spec Comparison: Renault KWID VS Rivals

Spec Comparison: Renault KWID VS Rivals
Spec Comparison: Renault KWID VS Rivals
Spec Comparison: Renault KWID VS Rivals
Spec Comparison: Renault KWID VS Rivals
Spec Comparison: Renault KWID VS Rivals
Spec Comparison: Renault KWID VS Rivals
Spec Comparison: Renault KWID VS Rivals
Spec Comparison: Renault KWID VS Rivals

Renault unveiled their global small car in May 2015 in India and we all know by now that it will be called the KWID. Renault decided to give KWID, 98 percent localization which will also help the French auto manufacturer to price it aggressively here. Reports say that Renault’s global small car should be priced in between 3 to 4 Lakhs Rupees which means that it will be positioned in the entry level hatchback segment of the Country.

So, what is the entry level hatchback segment’s present scenario in our Country?

Although, the entry level hatchback segment of the country is actually not flooded with plenty of cars but India is a tough market and the customers are even tougher to satisfy and convinence compared to some other markets of the world. The potential rivals of the Renault KWID in India will definitively be the Maruti Alto K10 and the Hyundai Eon, then offcourse there is the Maruti WagonR, which is perhaps the most popular choice amongst the customers for its tried and tested engine, less maintenence, comfort level and big car feel inside the cabin, but if we take a look at the pricing point then this hatchback definitely costs a tad bit higher than the other three.

So that leaves us with two potential rivals which include the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and the Hyundai Eon.

Click past jump as we try to find out which the best hatchback amongst these 3 entry level hatches and why you should buy this upcoming Renault product

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Guwahati High Court revokes ban on small cars

Guwahati High Court revokes ban on small cars

Guwahati High Court revokes ban on small cars

Guwahati High Court finally revokes ban on small cars after the verdict initiated controversy. In its latest verdict Guwahati High Court has allowed sales of small passenger cars under the 1500 kg category, but only those cars will be allowed for sales which meet the crash test and emission norm of government.

A few days earlier, Guwahati High Court gave verdict to stop registration and sale of 140 models in total which were less than 1500 kg, due to safety norms. These models included cars like Hyundai i10, Hyundai EON, Honda Jazz, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Maruti Suzuki Alto etc. Due to this verdict sales of small passenger cars were heavily affected in the north eastern states like Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, the sales figure dropped to almost 60%. Incidentally, Assam is the largest market for small passenger cars in north east India with a selling number of small cars reaching nearly 5000 units every month, which came to a dead stop all of a sudden after the verdict.

After this, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) immediately filed a petition challenging the decision of Assam state transport department which led to the ban. SIAM also stated in the petition, that all the small cars sold in the country are certified and have passed all crash test, emission and other mandatory regulations, which are prescribed by the Motor Vehicles Act of India and these cars have been tested by the authorities like the Automotive Research Association of India. They claimed, therefore these cars come perfectly meeting the safety norms, and there is no valid ground to ban the registration and sale of these cars, which ultimately resulted Gauhati High Court revoked the ban today.

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New Maruti-Suzuki Alto800 Launching in December Diesel Motor On The Cards

New Maruti-Suzuki Alto800 Launching in December Diesel Motor On The Cards

New Maruti-Suzuki Alto800 Launching in December Diesel Motor On The Cards

Maruti Suzuki India will be launching couple of new products in the Indian market, within the next few months, in order to keep up with their competition as well return to their formal glory and claim the lost position in the Indian market.

Maruti Suzuki India will be launching the new crossover S-Cross on August 5, while the next car which will join their lineup will be the new Alto800. The new Alto800 will definitely posses some new features, while it will also get some new innovation under its hood in order to make it more fuel efficient. According to the report the new Alto800, which will be launched in the month of December here will get the new 2 cylinder, 800 cc diesel unit, which is developed by Suzuki Japan. This is the same engine which also powers the recently launched Celerio diesel. This 800 cc engine returns class-leading fuel efficiency figures of 27.62 KMPL. The Alto800 is well known across the market and competes with the other entry level hatches like Hyundai Eon and the Datsun Go.

The introduction of the new diesel unit on the Alto800 will really be beneficial for this particular model because compared to the Celerio diesel the Alto800 also has a lighter kerb weight and the smaller engine will be more potential for this smaller car. If Maruti finally launches the new diesel powered Alto then it will be their cheapest diesel powered hatchback available in the Indian market.

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7 existing popular hatchbacks of India

7 existing popular hatchbacks of India

7 existing popular hatchbacks of India

Basically in Indian market there are various segments with various customer choices, a part of buyers are looking for compact SUVs, while the other half is always up for sedans, but the largest chunk of customer base is always keen to go for hatchbacks. A 4/5 seater car is always in their mind, while going for a buy.

Keeping that in mind more or less all the automobile manufacturers, be it homegrown or an international brand, are making hatchbacks their prime segment to cater the particular customer base, and here comes the fiery fight of hatchbacks.

In Indian automobile market now a day, two facts are visibly noticeable. It’s all about compact SUV’s and hatchbacks. Recently we saw a few compact cars made their way into the market, among which most popular and hyped was Honda Jazz, and there are many more to hit the Indian shores soon, in the form of new Ford Figo, new Hyundai Eon, Tata Kite, Fiat Panda, Renault Kwid and many more.

So today let us take a quick look at seven hatchbacks precisely, which are very popular at present scenario in Indian automobile market.

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Maruti-Suzuki Alto Earned 2014 World's Best-Selling Small Car Title

Maruti-Suzuki Alto Earned 2014 World’s Best-Selling Small Car Title

Maruti-Suzuki Alto Earned 2014 World's Best-Selling Small Car Title

Maruti Alto once again has beaten the odds to become the World’s largest selling small car for the year 2014. It has been India’s bestselling car for almost 9 years and all of the credit definitely goes to the manufacturer for providing such a product which has been dominating the car market of India from the very beginning.

According to the report Maruti has sold a total of 264,544 units in the year 2014 while it was able to sell a total of 265, 777 units back in the year 2013. The second position was occupied by VW Golf from Germany and they were able to sell a total of 255, 044 units in the year 2014, while the third position was occupied by Daihatsu Tanto from Japan with a score of 234,456 units. It is surprising that this year’s list does not feature any participants from Brazil which is considered as the largest small car market of the World. Lastly we also need to mention that the 6th position too was occupied by Swift which also happens to the bread and butter car for Maruti in India and it was able to sell a total of 202, 831 units in 2014.

Although the refreshed new generation Alto was launched back in the year 2012 and it was able to stay on top of the list but still its sales has taken a dip from the past few years. Perhaps in order to strengthen the overall sales Maruti has launched a refreshed version of their Alto K10 hatchback which comes with a bigger 1.0 Litre engine and an optional automatic transmission, hopefully this new product will be able to impress the customers equally and help Maruti Alto to secure the top spot even in the year 2015.

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2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10

2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10

2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10
2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10
2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10
2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10
2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10
2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10
2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10
2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10

The Indian car market and the demands of the consumers are always changing and in order to cope up with the current situation the car manufacturers are trying all their new strategies while also keeping the cost cutting measures in mind.

Recently we saw Maruti who is known for dominating the small car segment of the Country introduced the next generation Alto K10. The first generation Alto K10 was launched back in the year 2010 although was not a big seller like the Alto but was actually powered by a more powerful engine than the later. The Alto K10 was powered by a 998 cc K10 petrol engine and this car in particular attracted the attention of those customers who wanted a bigger engine which translates into more power and a slightly more premium looking hatch than the entry level Alto.

The next generation hatch which was launched recently is also pinned under the new Alto 800 platform but houses the same engine that used to power the previous generation hatch. The manufacturer claims that the engine has been tweaked to return better fuel efficiency figures while the other big change is the introduction of an optional automatic gearbox beside the standard 5 speed manual gearbox. The car beside all these mechanical changes also received a completely new look now that it is based on the new Alto800 Platform and not the previous generation Alto.

What is even more interesting is the fact that the new budget hatch also becomes the cheapest car in the Indian market to be equipped with an automatic gearbox now that actually also becomes the grand USP of this hatch. So without any further due let us get straight into the other details of the recently launched Alto K10.

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Second Generation Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Launched Today

Second Generation Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Launched Today

Second Generation Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Launched Today
Second Generation Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Launched Today
Second Generation Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Launched Today
Second Generation Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Launched Today

Maruti launched the new generation Alto K10 in India today with prices starting at INR. 3.06 Lakhs (ex showroom Delhi). This new hatchback which is actually the same Alto800 powered by a bigger 998 cc K10B petrol engine produces about 68 ps of peak power at 6000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm.

The engine and the power figures although may remain similar to the previous generation K10 which was launched back in the year 2010 but the biggest change however is that the same engine has been tweaked for better fuel efficiency figures and that is not all the new generation K10 engine also comes mated to an optional AMT gearbox beside the standard 5 speed manual gearbox. The new generation Alto K10 promises to deliver a claimed mileage of 24.07 Km to a liter of petrol now which makes this one extremely fuel efficient hatch of the country.

The next generation Alto K10 besides receiving the mechanical tweaks also received cosmetic changes as well. The new hatch is based on the entry level Alto800 hatch but it did received some cosmetic upgrades to make it appear different than the other entry level hatch, the changes includes a completely new headlamps at the front while the sharp aerodynamic lines running towards the side profile of the hatch adds to the sportiness of the hatch. Inside the new generation hatch received a completely new dash while the steering wheel looks like it has been inspired from the Swift hatch, the duel tone interiors really looks premium while the audio entertainment system gets finished in Piano black finish to it which also supports features like CD, USB, AUX and Radio.

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Second Generation Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Launching on 3rd November

Second Generation Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Launching on 3rd November

Second Generation Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Launching on 3rd November

We already have informed you that Maruti will be launching the next generation Alto K10 in the Indian market in the first week of November 2014 in India and now the reports suggests that the Alto K10 will be launched in India on 3rd of November itself.

This is the second generation Alto K10 which will hit the Indian market and we must admit that although the Alto K10 is not a popular seller like its smaller cousin the Alto800 which was launched back in the year 2012 but it surely has a bigger engine than the entry level Alto800 and the looks to back it up. The second generation hatch which will be launched on Monday is actually based on the Alto800, although the overall design of the car has received some updates and also some new design elements which comes in the form of a new headlamps at the front and also tail lights at the rear which actually helps give the hatch an upmarket appeal but the overall proportions remains same as the Alto800.

Now although Maruti has not made any significant change to the exterior of the hatch but it surely will be equipped with a refreshed new upmarket interior, the dash looks pretty impressive with a 2 din music system which also comes with MP3/CD/Radio/USB/AUX-in, while it will also get front power windows and a new and upmarket dash.

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New 2015 Maruti Alto K10 To Hit The Indian Market Soon

New 2015 Maruti Alto K10 To Hit The Indian Market Soon

New 2015 Maruti Alto K10 To Hit The Indian Market Soon
New 2015 Maruti Alto K10 To Hit The Indian Market Soon
New 2015 Maruti Alto K10 To Hit The Indian Market Soon
New 2015 Maruti Alto K10 To Hit The Indian Market Soon
New 2015 Maruti Alto K10 To Hit The Indian Market Soon
New 2015 Maruti Alto K10 To Hit The Indian Market Soon
New 2015 Maruti Alto K10 To Hit The Indian Market Soon
New 2015 Maruti Alto K10 To Hit The Indian Market Soon

The Alto K10 unlike the Alto 800 is not so popular in the Indian market although the front wheel drive hatch has a bigger engine and looks better than the Maruti Suzuki’s entry level hatch. When Maruti Suzuki who is the most popular auto manufacturer and the first preference for many in the Indian market in the small and compact cars market saw that their Alto K10 despite all the efforts was not able to leave its mark in the minds of the consumers they decided to give it a makeover.

According to the reports the completely reworked Alto K10 will be introduced in the Indian market next month and it has not only received a major overhaul in terms of styling but also under its hood. It’s true that nobody takes the risk of experimenting with small cars much except Maruti in India and everytime they have experimented with their products they surely did hit the right note. The upcoming new Alto K10 too will be the cheapest car in India which will be equipped with a 5 speed automatic transmission that’s right! The new Alto K10 beside the 5 speed manual transmission will also get the optional 5 speed automatic transmission.

As far as the engine is concerned the new Alto K10 still is powered by the same 3 cylinder 998 cc unit which produces about 67 bhp of peak power at 6000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm.

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Spy Shots: Facelift Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Being Tested On Indian Roads

Spy Shots: Facelift Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Being Tested On Indian Roads

Spy Shots: Facelift Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Being Tested On Indian Roads
Spy Shots: Facelift Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Being Tested On Indian Roads
Spy Shots: Facelift Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Being Tested On Indian Roads
Spy Shots: Facelift Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Being Tested On Indian Roads
Spy Shots: Facelift Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Being Tested On Indian Roads
Spy Shots: Facelift Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Being Tested On Indian Roads

Recently GaadiWaadi caught the facelift Alto K10 being tested on Indian roads, now remember you might get confused looking at these images here because in the images the car looks nothing like the Alto K10 presently available in the Indian market instead it looks similar to the entry level Alto800 available in the Indian market.

But don’t get confused because what Maruti Suzuki actually has done is that they have shared the body shell of the new Alto800 while rest of the parts is all new. The new elements that has been added to the facelift Alto K10 are new angular headlamps at the front while the bumper too looks new with the new air dams and fog lamps enclosure, the side profile however has not received any changes and looks similar to what you will find in the Alto800 except the Blacked out B pillar. The rear of the facelift ALtoK10 also received its own share of changes which includes a new taillight and slight changes towards the rear registration plate area. Take a look at the new facelift ALtoK10 and the design seems to be inspired by the bigger Celerio however the Maruti Suzuki has perhaps used the body shell of the new Alto800 perhaps in order to save expense.

This is only a facelift so expect the new Alto K10 to be powered by the same All Aluminum Light Weight 1.0-liter three-cylinder K-Series petrol engine which produces about 68 Ps of peak power and 90 Nm of peak torque now what will be different though is that Maruti Suzuki will introduce an automated manual transmission (AMT) beside the already available 5 speed manual transmission with this new facelift Alto K10 variant. Expect the new facelift AltoK10 to be priced around 3.20-4 Lakhs Rupee mark when launched.

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K-Series Engine From Maruti-Suzuki Crossed 25 lakh production milestone

K-Series Engine From Maruti-Suzuki Crossed 25 lakh production milestone

K-Series Engine From Maruti-Suzuki Crossed 25 lakh production milestone

Maruti Suzuki today declared that their K-Series engine has crossed the 25 Lakh milestones today. Now let us inform you that the K-Series engine powers the following hatchbacks namely Celerio, Alto K10 and Wagon R which comes out from the stable of Maruti Suzuki.

This K-Series engine which was introduced in the year 2008, with the A-Star hatch is extremely lightweight, compact and fuel efficient and brings the next generation Petrol engine technology with it, however beside the conventional fuel the K Series engine also uses alternate fuel CNG and LPG fuels. This engine which is now used in the recently launched products such as the Celerio, Ertiga and DZire has an improved combustion, reduced mechanical friction and also Optimization of engine control system all the above mentioned improvements resulted in more fuel efficiency.

Mr. C.V Raman, executive director, engineering, Maruti Suzuki said, that the K Series engine is one the most refined gasoline engine technologies which is available in India, this new engine combines the best of fuel efficiency while also returning impressive overall performance. MR. Raman also included that Maruti Suzuki is trying to improve and develop this engines so that they would become more fuel efficient, emits lower emissions and also return superior performance along with lower NVH.

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Maruti-Suzuki Alto sales cross 2500000 units

Maruti-Suzuki Alto sales cross 2500000 units

Maruti-Suzuki Alto sales cross 2500000 units

One of the most popular choices amongst Indian consumers when it comes to buying their first budget car has always been Maruti Alto which also happens to be the replacement of the trustworthy old Maruti 800.

Today Maruti has announced that their popular entry level product Alto has crossed 25Lakh mark which is a big achievement for the company. The Alto was introduced way back in the year 2000 and after the Maruti 800, this has become the second car to cross that milestone. Beside that it has also won the title of being World’s largest selling small car in the year 2010, 2011 and 2013 respectively. Not only has the Alto800 bagged the title of being the most awarded entry level car in the year 2011 by winning 11 awards this product is also one of the major reason behind the Maruti’s success story in Indian market.

As already mentioned above the Maruti has launched the Alto in the year 2000 while the Alto800 was launched almost after 12 years but it still shared the same chassis. Powered by a 796 cc 3 cylinder engine, it generates 48 Ps of peak power and 69 Nm of torque, this may not be the most powerful entry level car available in the Indian market today but it surely serves the purpose. On the other hand the Alto K10 which was launched in the year 2010 is powered by an all Aluminum Light Weight K10B 998 cc 4 cylinder engine, it generates 68 Ps of peak power and 90 Nm of torque.

Prices for the Alto800 starts at INR 27, 6415 (Ex showroom Delhi) while the Alto K10 starts at INR 31, 5329 (ex showrrom Delhi).

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Datsun Go Vs Rivals

Datsun Go Vs Rivals

Datsun Go Vs Rivals

Entry level hatches are always in demand in India. Some of the reasons for that are they are easily affordable, needs minimum maintenance, returns descent fuel efficiency and lastly the spare parts comes cheap. Till now Maruti won the hearts of almost every Indian small family with the Maruti 800 and then came Alto which too became hot favorite. But gradually other foreign manufacturers too stepped in the Indian market such as Hyundai who launched Santro which shared the stage with the Alto in the past years then this Korean manufacturer later introduced the Eon in the year 2012 which also won many awards for the best hatch of that year because it provided comfort and quality interiors and also carried Hyundai’s new fluidic designed exterior.

Later Datsun too stepped in the most competitive segment of the Country with their much anticipated launch of the year the Go hatch. Datsun promised that they will price this new hatch quite aggressively and below 4 Lakh rupees and they have kept their promise and priced the Go well under 4 Lakh rupees.

Now these hatches will specially attract those who are first time car buyers or those who want a car for daily commute within the city. So we providing you with some important data which could prove useful for those who are looking for a budget hatch.

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Rival Comparison: Datsun Go vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai Eon

Rival Comparison: Datsun Go vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai Eon

Rival Comparison: Datsun Go vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai Eon
Rival Comparison: Datsun Go vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai Eon
Rival Comparison: Datsun Go vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai Eon
Rival Comparison: Datsun Go vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai Eon
Rival Comparison: Datsun Go vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai Eon
Rival Comparison: Datsun Go vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai Eon

Nissan decide to revive the ’Datsun’ brand as part of their plan to expand into emerging markets. The first of the new Datsun cars has been christened ’Go’ and will soon be launched in India.

While official media drives are on in Hyderabad, we decided to take a look at the main rivals of the new Datsun Go hatchback.

The Datsun Go sits in a segment where Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai make up majority of the sales. How would the low-cost Datsun Go stack up against its main rivals? What does it have in store that could woo buyers away from the more established brands? And, is it any better than lets say, the Maruti Alto 800?

These are a few question we would try to answer as you read along. The Datsun Go was revealed at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo where we got a feel of the interior and some of the features on the car. We were surprised when we hopped into the Datsun Go. Why? Well, read on to find out.

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Maruti-Suzuki Alto800 VS Tata Nano

Maruti-Suzuki Alto800 VS Tata Nano

Maruti-Suzuki Alto800 VS Tata Nano
Maruti-Suzuki Alto800 VS Tata Nano
Maruti-Suzuki Alto800 VS Tata Nano
Maruti-Suzuki Alto800 VS Tata Nano
Maruti-Suzuki Alto800 VS Tata Nano
Maruti-Suzuki Alto800 VS Tata Nano
Maruti-Suzuki Alto800 VS Tata Nano
Maruti-Suzuki Alto800 VS Tata Nano

We have compared and reviewed many cars in our past starting from Luxury premium sedans to supercars and even small hatchbacks. Today we will be comparing two of the most basic entry level hatchbacks that are available in the Indian market. The two competitors here are the entry level car from two of the leading Indian manufacturers Tata and Maruti from the stable of Tata we have the Nano who was able to shed the worlds cheapest car image and compete with the entry level hatchbacks of the Country, whereas its rival is the entry level offering from Maruti the Alto800. Both of these small hatchback cars are ideal first car for many Indian families and who mostly use their vehicles for city usage and expect that they would perform like commuter vehicles. Previously people had only few options in this entry level segment but now they have plenty of choices to choose from, all the credit goes to the Automobile manufacturers who are trying to provide maximum to the buyers.

Both the hatchbacks are powered by not so powerful engine, they are only meant for city uses and occasional weekend trips. The Alto800 has slightly more powerful engine than the Nano under the hood, it is powered by a 3cylinder inline 796cc engine which generates about 48bhp of maximum power and 69 nm of torque. The Tata Nano has the smallest engine that you will find in an Indian car, it is powered by a 624cc engine which generates around 38bhp of maximum power and 51nm of torque. Let’s find out which car can be a perfect first car for your small family.

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Driver side airbags available for Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 VXi

Driver side airbags available for Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 VXi

Driver side airbags available for Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 VXi

Maruti has launched the Alto800 recently in the Indian market, this was there entry level offering to the Indian customers. The Alto800 has not seen a dip in its sales figures and is now one of the successful selling hatchbacks in the Indian market.

There are even some more good news for the Maruti fans, Maruti has decided to provide driver side airbags only for the Alto800 VXi trim which is the top end variant. The new top trim also includes some other interesting features which are missing in the LXi trim, those includes central locking, full wheel covers, it also has an integrated audio system with 4 built in speakers, left wing mirror and a lastly a rear spoiler.

Now here comes the not so interesting part the driver side airbags is only available after paying Rs.18,000 and moreover there is option for only one driver side airbag. The Alto800 VXi is available at Rs,3,35399(for the Metallic) and Rs.331675(Non metallic) (priced provided above are Ex showroom Delhi).

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VW Golf overtakes Maruti-Suzuki Alto as the largest selling car. Maruti-Suzuki to respond with a diesel engine?

VW Golf overtakes Maruti-Suzuki Alto as the largest selling car. Maruti-Suzuki to respond with a diesel engine?

VW Golf overtakes Maruti-Suzuki Alto as the largest selling car. Maruti-Suzuki to respond with a diesel engine?

The Volkswagen Gol has taken the title of the largest selling passenger car in the world for a calendar year from the Maruti Suzuki Alto. After emerging as the largest selling passenger car in the world for 2 consecutive years theAlto in 2012 sold 2,86,833 units while the Gol sold 2,93,293 units. The Fiat Uno with 2,55,838 units finished in third spot.

The VW Gol has been the largest selling small car in Brazil for no less than 18 years and has been in production if Brazil since 1980. The Gol is VW’s entry-level car in the South America and in Brazil and Argentina it has sold over 5 million units.

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The 10 most fuel efficient petrol hatchbacks in India

The 10 most fuel efficient petrol hatchbacks in India

The 10 most fuel efficient petrol hatchbacks in India
The 10 most fuel efficient petrol hatchbacks in India
The 10 most fuel efficient petrol hatchbacks in India
The 10 most fuel efficient petrol hatchbacks in India
The 10 most fuel efficient petrol hatchbacks in India
The 10 most fuel efficient petrol hatchbacks in India
The 10 most fuel efficient petrol hatchbacks in India
The 10 most fuel efficient petrol hatchbacks in India

It ultimately boils down to the fuel efficiency. Price and fuel efficiency are undoubtedly the most important things when it comes to making the choice for automobiles for the majority of us Indians. We have come out with a list of the ten most fuel efficient petrol hatchbacks in India and have taken the figure supplied by the Automotive Research Association of India to help us come up with the list. Out of the cars it is not a surprise that 5 are Maruti Suzuki’s and that’s a testament to how well Maruti understands the Indian market. They are catering perfectly to our needs andHyundai, the second largest passenger car manufacturer in India comes in seconds with 3 entries. Tata has one and so does Chevrolet.

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Our 10 most important cars of 2012

Our 10 most important cars of 2012

Our 10 most important cars of 2012
Our 10 most important cars of 2012
Our 10 most important cars of 2012
Our 10 most important cars of 2012
Our 10 most important cars of 2012
Our 10 most important cars of 2012
Our 10 most important cars of 2012
Our 10 most important cars of 2012

Though in no order in particular, the following are topspeed’s most important cars of 2012. We have kept in mind what the car brings to the table, if it is a game changer for the manufacturer or for the segment or for the industry at large. Volume it generates is essential, so is innovation and pricing. We have tried to include different categories which is why the Pajero Sport also gets a look. It is the festival season going on right now and the customer is definitely spoilt for choice. If you ask us, there is no better time than now to write that cheque. Happy Diwali.

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2012 Maruti-Suzuki Alto

2012 Maruti-Suzuki Alto

2012 Maruti-Suzuki Alto
2012 Maruti-Suzuki Alto
2012 Maruti-Suzuki Alto
2012 Maruti-Suzuki Alto

Only a few years ago no one would have ever thought that Maruti Suzuki could be in a position where it felt challenge and threatened. Hyundai entered the Indian market with modest expectations but today it has grown to be the second largest manufacturer of passenger cars and its emergence has made Maruti Suzuki take notice and become anxious. The launch of the Eon has made customers in India realize that cheap doesn’t really need to be dated and the Eon’s success has made Maruti react by bringing out the Alto. This is the biggest and most telling change that Maruti Suzuki has brought to the Alto since it was launched which has been the bestselling car in India. Unlike the Eon however which was based on a completely new approach, the Alto is more of an evolution over the existing model. Maruti has consciously tried to retain the simplicity of the Alto which made it the huge success that it is and the new Alto has been designed and engineered specifically keeping in mind Indian customers and for the time being is destined only for the Indian market. Maruti claims that the Alto has improved in all departments and the hatch will be launched in October 16th when the pricing too will be announced.

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Maruti-Suzuki Swift becomes largest selling car in April. Outsells Alto

Maruti-Suzuki Swift becomes largest selling car in April. Outsells Alto

Maruti-Suzuki Swift becomes largest selling car in April. Outsells Alto

The Maruti Suzuki Alto is no longer the largest selling car in India for a single month. After staying in that position for nearly 90 months, the Alto has lost its position to the Swift. This is pretty surprising because the Swift is nearly twice as expensive as the Alto. In the month of April the Swift sold a total of 19484 units as compared to 17842 units of the Alto. Maruti Suzuki in all sold 90255 units in April 2012 and retained its position as the largest automobile manufacturer in India.

The Swift was first launched in India in 2005 and since then it has created a niche for itself. Maruti launched the all new Swift last year and the hatch since then regularly has been the second highest selling car in the country but in April it managed to sell even more than the Alto. The 2011 Swift is more spacious, build quality has improved, so has the ride quality and the handling remains as sure footed as before. Dynamically the Swift is probably the best hatch in the country along with the Volkswagen Polo. But the reason for the Swift becoming the largest selling car in India is it being excellent value for money and because the engines are refined and efficient.

Incidentally, in April the sales of the Alto went down by 30 percent whereas the Swift’s sales grew by 83 percent in the same month. “Last year diesel vehicle sales grew by over 37 percent while there was a 14 percent decline in the sales of petrol cars. There is a huge pressure to sell petrol vehicles even with the high discounts. There is a tremendous shift towards diesel vehicles and we were caught flat-footed last year. This year we are increasing our diesel capacity by over 65 per cent,” said Mayank Pareek, Managing Executive Officer, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki India. The top management in Maruti Suzuki however is not sure of Swift’s prospects in retaining this position in the future. “April was just a freak month and Alto will most certainly be back at the top,” commented I. V. Rao, Managing Executive Officer, Engineering, MSI.

Maruti Suzuki’s Ritz meanwhile attained the 2lakh sales number within 36 months of its launch. The Ritz is one of the fastest models to achieve the 2,00,000 mark.

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2009 Maruti-Suzuki Alto

2009 Maruti-Suzuki Alto

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2009 Maruti-Suzuki Alto
2009 Maruti-Suzuki Alto
2009 Maruti-Suzuki Alto
2009 Maruti-Suzuki Alto
2009 Maruti-Suzuki Alto
2009 Maruti-Suzuki Alto
2009 Maruti-Suzuki Alto

Small can be aspirational. And the Maruti Suzuki Alto is an example of that. The 5th generation Alto was launched in India in September of 2000 and the Alto went on to become the best selling hatch in India. Maruti Suzuki has sold well over a million Alto’s in India, making it the third Maruti model to cross the million mark. The Maruti 800 and Maruti Omni being the other two. The only real and significant changes made to the Alto were in 2010 when the manufacturer added to the Alto the 3 cylinder, 800cc, K-series engine which also comes in the A-star and the Wagon R. Maruti Suzuki however after the introduction of the K-series engine didn’t take the Alto out of production and the hatchback is still sold in India and is the cheapest Maruti Suzuki on offer. The engine nevertheless in Bharat IV compliant and prices start from Rs2,44,161 to Rs2,94,946 for the petrol and Rs3,24,236 to Rs3,42,521 for the CNG ex-showroom New Delhi.

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