Who said the Suzuki A-Star was just for the urban commute? Two Suzuki A-Stars finished a 2,112 mile journey through New Zealand, just to prove that statement wrong. While providing a comfortable drive, the Altos scored high marks in the fuel economy department.
The first A-Star was a 5-speed manual transmission and it returned a mileage of 63.8mpg (27.12 kpl). The other car was a 4-speed automatic variant which sipped fuel and returned an average of 56.5mpg (24 kpl)
Both the cars came strapped with the 1.0-liter KB Series engine manufactured here in India.
The journey which spanned over 6 days and 2,000 miles, saw motoring journalists Allan Dick and Donn Anderson each driving an Alto with manual and automatic transmission from Auckland to Invercargill, and then onto the Bluff, the most Southerly point, before returning to Auckland.
The journos did not complain about aches or sprains during the marathon highlighting the Alto's suitability to such long distance journeys.
Allan Dick -
We did the Auckland to Wellington drive with the speedo needle sitting close to 100 km/h all the way and were never passed by anything that wasn’t going in the opposite direction
|NEW ZEALAND TOUR PROVES NO OBSTACLE FOR SUZUKI ALTO
Two Alto’s reach the most Southerly point of New Zealand
Suzuki has again shattered the illusion that its city cars are only suited to urban motoring as two Alto’s have just completed a 2,112 mile marathon drive through New Zealand’s North and South islands and back again.
Motoring journalists Allan Dick and Donn Anderson each drove an Alto with manual and automatic transmission from Auckland to Invercargill, and then onto the Bluff, the most Southerly point, before making the return journey back to New Zealand’s largest city.
The objective of the trip was to not only monitor the frugal petrol consumption of the one litre, 3-cylinder Suzukis, but to gauge the comfort levels of the compact cars on the six day journey.
The manual gearbox Alto consumed a total of 150.1 litres of fuel which was an average of 63.8mpg. Compared to the manual car, the 4-speed automatic transmission Alto used 165.4 litres, averaging 56.5mpg and two mpg better than the official combined figure.
The best individual leg result for the Alto manual was on the final day from Paraparaumu to Auckland where the car achieved 70.9mpg. In the run from Oamaru to Invercargill on the third day, the Alto automatic posted its best result of 61.8mpg.
Allan Dick, an experienced journalist and long distance driver, said the Alto was every bit as practical on the Auckland to Bluff run as he knew it was going to be.
“There are plenty of New Zealanders who still think that you need a big car for journeys longer than going to the supermarket,” said Dick. “We have just proved that any prejudices about small cars can be put aside.”
“We did the Auckland to Wellington drive with the speedo needle sitting close to 100 km/h all the way and were never passed by anything that wasn’t going in the opposite direction,” said Dick.
“This was something of a marathon drive for a small car, and one that surprised many people,” said Donn Anderson. “But the Altos took the journey in their stride and there is no doubt we could have taken a day less to complete the trip and still been in good shape.”
“We proved it was possible to get close to petrol/electric hybrid economy in a conventional car that carries a considerably lower price tag than those more complex vehicles,” he said.