Maruti Suzuki A-Star to be exported to Europe starting 2009
Maruti Suzuki has finally launched its much awaited car, the A-Star with an introductory price of 3,46,775 for its base LXi version announced that they are aiming to sell 50,000 units of the A-star in Indian market.
The car would be manufactured in Manesar production facility where the capacity has been upgraded to manufacture three lakh cars a year.
Maruti’s new A-star comes with Maruti’s New-Gen light weight, 998cc K10B petrol engine (a part KB series engine from Maruti Suzuki). The engine offers the power of 67ps @ 6200 rpm and torque of 90nm @ 3500 rpm and the flat torque curve comes in handy while negotiating the stop-go city traffic conditions with ease. With a turning radius of 4.5 meters and a ground clearance of 170 mm, the A-star is tailored for Indian conditions which comprises of highly demanding terrains like congested areas and potholed roads.
The all new A-Star (known as Pixo in European markets) will be made in over 200 variants and exported to around 150 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Africa. The A-Star would contribute half of Maruti Suzuki’s overall export target of 200,000 units by 2010-11.The company also plans to commence exports of A-Star in early 2009 to Europe.