Maruti Alto surpasses Maruti 800 as MSIL’ best selling model – Report

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Cumulative sales of 29,19,819 units since launch in 2000.

Indian Express reports that the Maruti Alto has overtaken the iconic Maruti 800 as the company’s best selling model in India.

2015 Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 VXi front three quarter at the 2015 Nepal Auto Show
The Alto is available with an optional 1-liter petrol engine and AMT.

Speaking on this achievement, Maruti Suzuki Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) R S Kalsi said:

Over the years, Alto has brought happiness to 29 lakh families to become India’s largest selling single brand car. With its success, Alto continues to remain the first choice for personal mobility solution for Indian customers.

First launched in 2000, the Maruti Alto took only 15 years to achieve about 2.9 million units, which the discontinued Maruti 800 took 29 years to get. The Alto was introduced as an 800 cc-engined, highly affordable hatchback that was a step above the M800 in terms of exterior, interior and drivability with a 5-speed gearbox.

Maruti 800 front three quarter press shot
The Maruti 800 took 29 years to do what the Alto did in 15 years.

Then in 2010, Maruti plonked a bigger 1.0-liter K-series engine into the Alto for customers wanting more power. The discontinuation of the M800 paved the way for the successful Alto 800 hatchback. Recent changes for the A-Segment hatchback include a new design, improved equipment, a roomier cabin, higher fuel efficiency and the option of an AMT gearbox, making it one of the cheapest cars with an automatic gearbox.

 Maruti Alto K10 – Image Gallery

[Source: Indian Express]

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