CarAdvice.com.au has carried an interesting report on Suzuki in the wake of the Auto Expo. It looks like the developed-in-India Ertiga has caught the fancy of Suzuki's Australian arm. The Ertiga was presented at the Auto Expo on the 6th of January and already officials from Suzuki Australia have been flown down to India to study the possibility of selling what Australians term as the "stretched Swift" in their showrooms.
Andrew Moore, Suzuki Australia’s national marketing manager -
It’s a bit of a different market in India but we are working closely with Maruti to see any potential [products] for Australia. Ertiga is one we are looking at.
The Ertiga is not Suzuki's first MPV as the products like the APV and Eeco (a refurbished Versa) are available in international markets. As the Ertiga is built on a global platform and features 21st century design, Australia won't be the only country performing market studies on the Ertiga.
During the unveiling, Maruti said the Ertiga has ABS, EBD and dual front airbags. They made no mention of curtain airbags or ESP, mandatory if it has to be sold in some markets. Maruti could work further on the Ertiga to improve its safety and emission ratings. This can be done through the use of CNG or LPG kits.
Suzuki Australia sells the made-in-India A-Star as the Alto alongside vehicles such as the SX4 crossover and Jimny SUV.
[Source - CarAdvice.com.au]