The new generation Suzuki Alto mini-car is set for a New Zealand launch next year.
The stylish five-door hatchback goes into production in October and makes its world debut at the Paris international motor show the same month.
Destined to be a significant international car, the new front wheel driven Alto is the fifth world strategy car from Suzuki, following the success of the Grand Vitara, Swift, SX4 and Splash models.
Suzuki expects annual production of the Alto to reach 960,000 by 2010, with around 100,000 units destined for European markets.
As the smallest world car yet from Suzuki, the highly efficient Alto is totally in tune with today’s needs.
The thrifty car is characterised not only by low running costs but also for its strong styling and European flair.
Prominent ornate headlights, a bold front end with a deep grille, teardrop roofline, high metal-to-glass ratio and flared wheel arches provide a highly distinctive look for the new Alto.
“This fresh styling creates a sense of dynamism even when the car is stationary,” said Tom Peck, General Manager of Marketing for Suzuki New Zealand Limited. “We have every reason to be highly enthusiastic about the arrival of this new car which we expect to have here by mid 2009.”
The new Alto is based on the funky A-Star concept car, recently shown at a number of international motor shows.
Powering the latest Suzuki passenger car will be a Euro 5 compliant one-litre engine with CO2 emissions lower than 109 grams/kilometre.
The lightweight, aluminium K10B engine displaces 996cm3 and has three cylinders.
Alto was a pioneer of mini-cars in New Zealand, with the first generation version going on local sale in 1979.
The early models were built in many countries worldwide and were also assembled in New Zealand into the eighties. Alto played a significant role in establishing the brand locally as an automobile manufacturer.
Suzuki is the leading international manufacturer of mini-cars in the world and the twelfth largest motor manufacturer. The marque is represented in 190 markets and has achieved nine years of consecutive growth.
In addition to the unveiling of the new Alto in Paris, Suzuki will also display two hydrogen fuel-cell models — the SX4 FCV and the Crosscage which has an air-cooled fuel-cell system.