The Suzuki Alto comes as a small car which is manufactured by the Japanese car maker Suzuki. The Alto is well known for being an economic vehicle which runs on the economy of fuel consumption and a favorable price tag. Suzuki is Japan's fourth largest automobile manufacturer after Toyota, Nissan, Honda and it is the ninth largest automobile manufacturer globally in terms of production volume. The first generation Alto is also known as the Suzuki Mehran, the Suzuki hatchback, Nisan Pixo, Suzuki Cervo among many other names it is given in various markets.
The Suzuki Alto has been in production since the year 1979 and best suits an urban environment as a run- around vehicle for basic family business and such rounds by family. The Suzuki Alto comes as either a 3-door hatchback or 3-door Van, a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback. The first generation Alto has been in production from 1979 up to the year 1984 and came with a front engine format. The second generation Alto was also known as the Maruti 800 or Suzuki Mehran and was in production up to 1988. The third generation Alto was in production up to 1994, while the fourth generation was in production from 1994 to 1998 and derived the name Chang’an SC7080 city Baby. The fifth generation Alto was in production up to the year 2005 from 1998. The sixth generation Alto was also known as the Chevrolet Alto while the seventh generation model was known as the Mazda Carol and has been on the market from the year 2009.
Suzuki South Africa offers two models to the local market; and these are the 1.0 GL and the Suzuki 1.0 GL. The current generation Alto comes with the option of two transmission formats which are the 5-speed and the 4-speed automatic options. The current Alto 1.0 GL makes use of a 1.0 L engine which is capable of a maximum power of 50kW and can accelerate from 0 to 100km/hr in just 12 seconds. The base model adopts a front engine format and has an average fuel consumption ratio of 5.7 L per 100km and an urban ratio of 6.9 L per 100km. The estimated fuel range of the 1.0 GL is 614 km. The maximum torque deliverable by the 1.0 GL model is 87Nm at 4500rpm. The engine of the 1.0 GL is capable of a top speed of 145km/hr and the model takes on a manual transmission option.
This economy car comes with the comfort of the aircon and the convenience of the power features which include the power steering and electric windows. In terms of safety and security, the Alto provides two airbags for the driver and the front passenger. The vehicle can easily accommodate four passengers comfortably. The boot space for the Alto 1.0 GL is 345 liters and its Gross Vehicle Weight (GVM) is 1250kg. The fuel tank capacity of the Alto is 35 liters. The second model, the Suzuki Alto 1.0 GLS takes almost the same features as the base model. The second model GLS comes as a hatchback which records a favorable carbon emission rate of 132g/km and uses the same 1.0 L which consumes an average 5.7 L per 100km and 6.9 L in the urban environments. The GLS model features the central locking and comes with the option of the CD player for entertainment. It provides electric front windows and also embraces the power steering.
The GLS has a wheelbase of 2360mm and comes with a width of 1600mm and makes use of 14 inch wheels. The Suzuki Alto comes with a general warranty of 3 years/ 100,00km and a service plan of 3 years/45,000km. Service interval for the Alto is set at 15,000km. The vehicle offers the convenience of an economy vehicle which delivers such economic deliverables in style courtesy of the fashionable nature it takes on.