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Old 3rd December 2013, 10:14   #31
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Frankly saying, other than its robust platform hopefully based on A-Star, this car looks thoroughly un-inspiring. Just another Alto800, IMO.

Being in a bigger and newer platform than WR, this one will surely be priced above WR. If so, this one may go the Estilo way, I guess.

Maruti Suzuki destroyed the matured-looking Alto by introducing Alto800. Now they destroyed the Sporty jelly bean A-Star with this tallboy. What they had to do was to lengthen A-Star by another 100-200mm, and make its face more matured. Instead, they just made it another comic car
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http://indianautosblog.com/2013/12/1...m_campaign=IAB
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I heartily welcome the latest tall boy from Maruti Suzuki! For cars with almost kei dimensions, tall boy designs are the only way to generate space. The low slung A-Star on a relatively wide track may be a fun-to-drive car, but it failed to sell because of the sheer lack of rear-seat (and boot) space.

This A-Star replacement should sort out the space (and comfort) issue for rear-seat passengers. I guess space should be better than the narrower Wagon R and Estilo, but less than the bigger Ritz. We are looking at another possible top 10 seller from Maruti Suzuki with this one, provided they tone down the weird concept-ish looks at the front, give it a decent name and of course, price it correctly (almost the same as the outgoing A-Star). An automatic would enhance its city friendly appeal and practicality, and should help sales further in the time it waits for Suzuki's in-house diesel engine to take shape.

The best part about it is of course, the chassis is built for the K10B. So Maruti will NOT have to unscientifically modify/elongate the engine bay to accommodate the 3-pot 1-lit. And as it is going to be exported to Europe, it should be able to get a good Euro-NCAP score. The current Suzuki Alto/Nissan Pixo/Maruti Suzuki A-Star gets a 3* rating and this should be able to get at least 4* easily. Knowing Maruti and the immature Indian market, the best in terms of safety features one can expect is 2 airbags and ABS on the ZXi variant. I hope they provide the Automatic also on the ZXi, in addition to the VXi.

Overall, it gets a thumbs up from me!

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2014 Suzuki Wind Will Look Like this, to Replace Alto/A-Star - rendered!

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Unlike the kei car based Alto, which measures 3,395 mm in length, the new model is a well proportioned 3,600mm
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Based on the A:Wind Concept of last week, car has been rendered to a watered down version that's closer to the actual production car. Simpler bumpers and headlights are used, crucial for keeping costs down in this very price-competitive market.
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When it goes on sale next year, the Wind will be assembled in Thailand. Power will come from a 3-cylinder 1-liter engine mater to either a 5-speed manual (we think) or a CVT gearbox.
http://www.autoevolution.com/news/20...tar-72334.html
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Just a look at the picture (style) and one echo of the name, the thing that came to my mind -
The Wi in A-Wind is to be pronounced as in Wiper and not as in window and then the ugliness will vanish.
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The Wi in A-Wind is to be pronounced as in Wiper and not as in window and then the ugliness will vanish.
Somewhere I read that, the reasoning behind naming this car A-Wind. Suzuki strongly believe that this car will create a strong "Wind" in "A" segment. If that is true, we should pronounce it as in "window".
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Concept A -Wind to be named 'Celerio' worldwide, Alto nameplate to be axed.

Seems official...Thai-made Celerio to replace current Indian-made Alto in Suzuki range. ( read A-star in India)
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SUZUKI will replace its current Indian-built Alto city car with a new-generation, Thai-made model called the Celerio from late-2014
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At present, both the Alto and Celerio badges are applied in various global markets, but from the next generation on, Suzuki is opting to go for a single global standard, with the Alto badge used here and in Europe the one that gets the chop.
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Suzuki stopped short of providing full details, but claimed improved occupant space, cargo storage and cabin quality over the Alto. Under the bonnet is a 1.0-litre engine – likely a reworked version of the current Alto’s 50kW/90Nm three-cylinder – matched to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
At 3600mm long, 1600mm wide and 1540mm high, it’s moderately longer and taller than the current Alto, while its 2425mm wheelbase grows by 60mm to open up interior space.


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A-Star is being offered at a huge discount of 66K so it seems the replacement is being launched very soon.

This new concept looks decent and spacious. It would definitely sell in good numbers if the pricing is right. From rear it looks like shortened Estillo!
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Saw this ad here today, Celerio costs OR 4,095/-. For comparison the Swift Dzire costs OR 4,495/- & Swift hatchback costs OR 5,195/-.

PS: 1 OR = 160 RS
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Maruti Suzuki ĎYL7í global hatchback to be called Celerio.

In India, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio will replace both the A-Star and the now-discontinued Zen Estilo.

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio will be powered by one of Marutiís K-series petrol engines, likely the 1.0-litre K10, although it will be tuned for greater efficiency.

http://www.autocarindia.com/auto-new...io-368640.aspx
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Celerio costs OR 4,095/-. For comparison the Swift Dzire costs OR 4,495/- & Swift hatchback costs OR 5,195/-.PS: 1 OR = 160 RS
Is the Swift hatch back costlier than the three box Dezire?
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Is the Swift hatch back costlier than the three box Dezire?
Yes, the hatchbacks are costlier than their sedan counterparts.
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Saw this ad here today, Celerio costs OR 4,095/-. For comparison the Swift Dzire costs OR 4,495/- & Swift hatchback costs OR 5,195/-.
PS: 1 OR = 160 RS
You are referring to the A star.
This is the name that Suzuki currently uses for the A-Star in certain international markets, like the Phillipines

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You are referring to the A star.
This is the name that Suzuki currently uses for the A-Star in certain international markets, like the Phillipines

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It is the A-Star, I was just trying to put a price. Meaning the new car could be as costly as the A-Star or even costlier, since it is an international product.

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Maruti to raise the bar with new clutch-less car; to be unveiled at Delhi Auto Expo 2014

NEW DELHI: The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki will soon introduce a revolutionary technology allowing manual gears to be used like automatic transmission without engaging the clutch.

What's more, the improved technology will not affect fuel efficiency or the price of the car. Maruti will be the first in India to debut this automatic manual transmission (AMT), a technology derived from the famed F1 motorsports arena that is expected to be a turning point in the small-car segment, thereby improving the overall driving experience.

Introduced in its upcoming global hatchback (codename:YL7), which will make its world debut at the New Delhi Auto Expo 2014, it allows the driver to directly change gears without engaging the clutch. Maruti is going to name the new offering Celerio in India, it is learnt. "It gives the comfort of an automatic transmission and the fuel efficiency of a manual transmission," said a senior Maruti Suzuki executive, requesting anonymity. "Customers can change gears like any automatic transmission car ..

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The technology patented by Italian component giant Magneti Marelli, is owned by Fiat SpA. When contacted, the head for India operations Saju Mookken refused to comment. The company has set up a plant dedicated to AMT transmission technology at Manesar keeping in mind the company's high volumes.


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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...w/28451302.cms

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