However, because the Alto (F8) was doing unbelievably well in the Indian market, Maruti Suzuki chose to sell both cars side-by-side in different segments.
However, in the JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) a raised version of the A-Star is sold as an Alto. Recently, Suzuki launched a frugal version called as the Alto Eco which delivers a mind boggling 32Km/l.
The reason for this astonishing fuel economy is a new 660 cc, R06A, three-cylinder engine with 52-horses at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 63Nm at 4,000 rpm coupled with a Start Stop system. The engine is mated to a CVT gearbox which powers the front wheels.
The 2012 Alto Eco will be offered in Japan in two trim levels, "S" and "L" with pricing set at around 6 lakhs a pop.
Back home, Maruti Suzuki has no plans to enter sub 800 cc segment. The company is readying a brand new M800 to fight the stiff competition from Hyundai’s EON and Tata’s Nano expected to launch in 2012.
Suzuki Alto Eco Image Gallery