Alto K10: Maruti Suzuki Launch India’s Cheapest Automatic Car
In Auto industry of India, Maruti Suzuki has launched the upgraded version of Its Alto car on Monday with Alto K10.It’s price is Rs 3.80 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), making it the cheapest version in the country in the segment. Maruti stated that soon they are going to launch more cars with automatic options and expects 30-40% of its sales through automatic variants in the upcoming years.
The Alto is the most famous cheap car model from Maruti. It is been the country's largest-selling car, also comes with some upgrades as Maruti fires all cylinders to add punch to its best-seller. 1000 cc engine upgrade to Alto makes it known as the Alto K10 leaves the popular Alto 800cc version out of the loop as the automatic variant K10 is been launched.
The recent launch of the new Alto K10 follows the strong sales of Maruti’s Celerio automatic hatchback which went on sale in February. Maruti Suzuki received more than 35,000 orders for the automatic transmission Celerio soon after its launch.
The closest rival of Maruti’s new Alto K10 is i10 Grand from Hyundai which is also an automatic variant. But i10 Grand costs Rs 5.7 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Maruti relies on the automatic gear-shift (AGS) technology for its automatic versions, which basically is an inexpensive transmission system that allows the driver to choose between automatic and manual gear changes.
MD of Maruti Suzuki Mr Kenichi Ayukawa stated that the company is witnessing a big response to automatic variants, something that began with the Celerio mini car where as many as 40% of sales have been for the automatic version.
Kenichi Ayukava also stated that, "We are looking to increase the supplies of the automatic variants as there is a very good demand in the market, especially in metros. We will be launching more cars with automatic versions and I feel that, going forward, as many as 30-40% of our small car sales will be through them."
All new Alto K10 has a fuel efficiency of 24.07 kmpl which is around 15% higher than the outgoing version. Maruti has also made some design changes to the interiors as well as the exterior of the car to give it a minor facelift.
MD Ayukawa said that he expects as much as 20% of the Alto's sales from the automatic variant, which may go up later.
Nissan's Datsun, which has also launched a rival to the Alto in the 'Go' mini car, currently does not have an automatic variant in its line-up. Tata Motors currently does not have an automatic variant of the Nano budget car.
Let’s have a look at various prices of different variant of Alto K10 (ex-showroom Delhi):
Maruti Alto K10 Lx : Rs 3.06 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 Lxi: Rs 3.21 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 Lxi CNG: Rs 3.81 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 Vxi: Rs 3.37 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 Vxi (O): Rs 3.56 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 AMT: Rs 3.80 lakh