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Old 18th August 2016, 09:17   #16
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I was persuaded by the SA to go for non-airbags variant .. --snip--
I personally have experienced this many times! The SA are just not interested to sell the Airbag version of the car. They would come out with n number of theories, right from the extra cost of the car till the cost of repairs in case if these get deployed.

The layman still does not understand and appreciate the importance of a seat beat, let alone the Airbags! Government making seatbelts and Airbags compulsory is only one part of the story, the users getting educated and actually using these safety features appropriately is the second and more crucial part.
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Old 18th August 2016, 09:55   #17
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Received this very sad statistic from Maruti. Merely 5% of customers are buying the optional airbag.
If the cost hike is just 10,000 INR then, I would say that, Maruti should bite the bullet and make it a standard feature, instead of it being optional. Automatically, the number rises to more than 50% and soon 100% of it cars will have ABS/Airbags.

Having said that, we still need to teach "aam junta" the importance of safety belts :(

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Received this very sad statistic from Maruti. Merely 5% of customers are buying the optional airbag.
I think Maruti-Suzuki is trying to pull a fast one on us. I've personally experienced the extent to which Maruti's dealers go in trying to force a discerning customer to opt for a non-airbag variant.

More expensive to buy, expensive to repair in case of an accident, waiting period extending to months for cars that are otherwise available in a week or two, threat of injuries due to airbags delpoying, airbags being useless in city speeds and what not - the kind of reasons they give are at times silly and ridiculous. Some of these may be actually true but why aren't the scores of lives saved due to airbags not being told?

First-time car-buyers, the value-conscious and those who aren't exposed to the potential benefits of a car equipped with airbags can and will easily be deterred by what these sales personnel say. It's no wonder then that the percentage of Maruti-Suzuki buyers opting for airbags is so minuscule.

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Old 18th August 2016, 21:33   #19
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Received this very sad statistic from Maruti. Merely 5% of customers are buying the optional airbag.
I am happy be one among the 5% who chose the option variants. I have booked a Wagon R Vxi AMT Option (Airbags +ABS) Variant in Passion Red colour.

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I think Maruti-Suzuki is trying to pull a fast one on us. I've personally experienced the extent to which Maruti's dealers go in trying to force a discerning customer to opt for a non-airbag variant.
My personal experience while doing the booking was very different. There was no hesitation by the sales executive to take booking for the option variant. In fact the dealer, Indus Motors, Trivandrum had multiple pieces of the option variant - Silky Silver and Chocolate Brown colours in stock.

A week after I made the booking, I was informed that a Passion Red Option variant had come to the yard. But though the car was manufactured in July 2016, as the car had scratches on the bumper I told would wait for another piece.

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New 2019 Maruti Alto800 with Dual Airbags & ABS

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Maruti Suzuki launched the new 2019 Alto with new features to meet the new norms set by the government. According to the new laws, no car in India can be registered without the minimum mandatory features like the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), driver-side airbag, speed warning, rear parking sensors and driver & passenger seatbelt reminder. The new Alto K10, which was launched earlier this month has become pricier by Rs 27,000 with new additional features and the price now starts Rs 3.48 lakh, ex-showroom. The price of the Alto 800 starts at Rs 2.63 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.

The 2019 Alto 800 has become updated visually too. The video reveals that the front-end now gets a new blacked-out grille with chrome Suzuki logo. The grille now extends to connect the headlamps together. The design of the radiator grille has been updated too and it now gets hexagonal design. The bumper design also gets updated slightly with different fog lamp housing, however, the shape of the headlamps remain the same. From the side, the Alto 800 remains exactly the same and comes with black steel rims. The 2019 Alto 800 remains identical at the rear too and gets similar clear lens tail lamps. It gets integrated dual parking sensors integrated to the bumper itself.

The new 2019 Alto 800 offers a dual-tone dashboard and door panels. The central console of the Alto 800 VXi has been redesigned too and the front power windows are located in a different way but the position is still in the middle.

The shape of the instrument cluster has been updated too. It gets a big dial in the middle with reshaped flanks. However, the layout is similar to the outgoing model. The steering wheel of the Alto remains the same and does not get any controls for the infotainment system on it. It gets a standard infotainment system with FM, Bluetooth, USB and AUX-in support. The new Alto 800 offers dual front airbags.

The Alto 800 remains powered by the same 796cc, three-cylinder petrol engine. It generates a maximum power of 48 Bhp at 6,000 rpm and 69 Nm at 3,900 rpm. Maruti Suzuki is yet to announce the launch of the new Alto 800 in the market but it seems like that the dealerships have started to receive the updated models and soon the price of the new version will be announced in the market.

The Alto is the best-selling car in the market and has been on sale for a long time now. With the arrival of the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assesment Program (BNVSAP) later this year, we can expect another update of the Alto in the market. Maruti Suzuki is also working on all-new Alto for the Indian market that is expected to be launched in the Indian market by 2020.
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