Maruti Suzuki's A-Star 2008

By Divya Sai on 11/20/2008

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Maruti Suzuki on Wednesday launched its new hatchback A-Star in the Indian market and said it would in four years come out with its first indigenous car.The A-Star will be available at an introductory price ranging from Rs 347,000 to Rs 412,000.

Although Nano was expected to be in the market by now, but which could not fulfill it's promise, for more than one reasons. But that doesn't mean Maruti's new model A-Star will be free from competition, as this year and the year ahead is full of small cars in the Indian 4-wheeler market. i10 from Hyundai, Spark from Chevrolet, and the already present cars like Alto and Swift from Maruti itself.

"We have started the ground work to launch a car which is conceived, designed and developed fully in India," Maruti Suzuki India managing executive officer (engineering) I V Rao told PTI. The company is hopeful of rolling out the car in the next four years, he added. He however, declined to comment whether it would be a small car or a bigger one."We are discussing it internally," Rao said.

A-Star is Maruti's fifth global model which would be manufactured only in India. The company plans to sell 50,000 units in the domestic market, while targets to export 100,000 units.The car would be manufactured at Manesar production facility. A-Star will be powered by a 998cc K10B petrol engine and will be available in three variants in the domestic market. For exports, the company would manufacture A-Star in over 200 variants and sell to around 150 coutures across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Africa.

The company expects that A-Star would contribute half of its overall export target of 200,000 units by 2010-11.

Name A-Star Model
Vxi Car Body Type Hatchback Segment:A Segment

Displacement 998cc, 3 cyl, MPFi, KB-series 
Engine Type Petrol 
Maximum Power 67 Bhp @ 6200 rpm 
Maximum Torque 90 Nm @ 3500 rpm

Length 3500 mm 
1600 mm
 Height 1490 mm

Seating Capacity 4
Tyre Size:155/80 R13  155/80 R13
MacPherson Strut & Coil Springs 
Turning Circle 4.50 mtrs. 
Boot Space 129.00 ltrs. 
Steering Power 
Brakes Front Ventilated, Rear Disk 
Gears 5
Manual Ground Clearance 170.00 mm 
Fuel Tank 35

AC AC Without Climate Control
Power Windows: Yes
Central Locking Manual 
Remote Boot Yes

Remote Fuel Filler
Rear Wiper No
Rear Armrest No
Streeing Adjustment (Rake/Reach) Yes/No
Driver Seat Adjustment Manual 
Music System CD Player with 2 Speakers 
Leather Seats No
Door Mirror Driver Side Manual 
Tinted Glass No
Rear AC Vent No
Folding Rear Seats Yes
Sun Roof
Buttons/Controls on Steering No
Auto Viper No
Auto Headlamp No

The Eco-friendly car
With Delhi's pollution levels crossing those of pre-CNG days, this car may help a little in controlling it.
Emission from the A-Star not only complies with the Euro 3 (Bharat-3) norms that are operational in 13 Indian cities, including Delhi, but also geared to meet stringent emission norms that will be implemented across Europe in the coming years. The A-Stars CO2 emission will be even lower than 109 gm/km which we had envisaged earlier.

India's Euro 3 norms is 5 years behind those currently enforced in Europe, while Euro 4 norms that are enforced outside the 13 Indian cities are 10 years behind European benchmarks.

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Nice blog and post !

Posted on November 27, 2008 at 7:53 PM

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