Report – Maruti A-Star and Ritz to be replaced by a single model

Posted on: Jun 12, 2013 - 6:51pm IST

The Maruti A-Star, called as the Suzuki Alto in the international markets is getting old and its sales performance is not all that great either.

Maruti A-Star Automatic

The Maruti Ritz a.k.a. Suzuki Splash has also been here long enough to warrant a replacement. Autocar.co.uk reports that the small car specialist is planning to replace both the models with a single new product. We are talking about a small car which will have the Ritz’s space and the A-Star’s fuel economy.

Maruti Ritz facelift front three quarters

The report also says the replacement will arrive in 2014 with Thailand as the production base. In preparation to welcome the new car, the A-Star and the Ritz will be gradually withdrawn from the international markets.

Further details regarding the upcoming small car is unclear but we expect it to be a direct rival to the Honda Brio. We think the Concept G70, previously called as the Regina, is a good place to start with.

Suzuki G70 Concept
The production version of the Suzuki G70 Concept with its 800cc supercharged turbocharged petrol engine could be a potential replacement for the A-Star and the Ritz.

In addition, Suzuki is reportedly working on the mid-life facelift of the Swift which is expected this year, a roomier hatchback which will rival Nissan Note globally and a small crossover which will tuck under the newly launched SX4 crossover.

Suzuki is staying away from premium products and is now shifting its attention towards its forte, the small cars.

[The images of the current the A-Star and the Ritz are used for illustration purpose only]

[Source: Autocar.co.uk]

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6 thoughts on “Report – Maruti A-Star and Ritz to be replaced by a single model

  1. Suresh says:

    Certainly … MSIL should work on a improved rear styling for Ritz. Already with better front design and if they implement better styling improvement in rear, the sale will boost further and this model will continue to hit the market few more years …!

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  2. Suresh says:

    Certainly … MSIL should work on a facelift for Ritz by changing the rear styling. Already with better front design and if they implement better styling improvement in rear, the sale will boost further and this model will continue to hit the market few more years …!

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  3. Rocky says:

    Dear Nithyanand,

    The G70 concept was with turbocharged petrol engine and not supercharged when showcased at Geneva

    There is big difference between these two technologies.

    Please check again and edit is expected from reputed blog like IAB.

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    1. Hello Rocky, thanks for correcting us. We’ve updated it now.

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  4. sandy says:

    Suzuki India is looking for replacing Estilo and A-Star with single product, and now Suzuki International is looking for replacing Ritz and A-Star with single product. So are we going to bid farewell to Estilo, Ritz and A-Star, all at at time?
    Though I support Suzuki India’s plan, since Ritz is better product or alternative to Swift in certain areas. If they do as posted in this post, then they need to get ready for another defeat. And in the later stage in our market, the crown may go to Hyundai.

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  5. Harsh says:

    Both the cars are of different segment….ritz is a premium hatch whereas a-star is a compact hatch….and ritz is doing pretty well.
    So I dont think its adviceable to withdraw a good product frm market such as ritz which even has a potential of facelift in future.
    Whereas a-star lacks in everything……so I guess they should not replace both by single car….new car should only be launched in 1.0ltr petrol car segment.

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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!