Concept city car previews all new Ka-rival, to be built in India from next year
12 December 2007

Most of the world’s motor industry is spending December gearing up for the Detroit motor show; not Suzuki. One of its biggest unveilings of 2008 will have already been revealed by the time the doors of Detroit’s Cobo centre open on January 19. Suzuki’s debutant will be this – the Suzuki Concept A-Star – and its stage the New Delhi show, which opens on January 9.The Concept A-Star has been designed to provide a sneak peak at Suzuki’s fifth ‘world strategic model’. The production car it previews will follow the Swift, Grand Vitara, SX4 and Splash as a car built for the global market. And, says Suzuki, that car will be a five-door A-segment hatchback with a frugal 1.0-litre petrol engine that will be marketed mainly in Europe. In other words, we are about to see the return of the Suzuki Alto.Judging by these pictures, it should be a better-looking Alto too. The Concept A-Star has a rising belt line, flared wheelarches, some interesting surface language and an expressive ‘face’. Expect the finished thing to be slightly calmer-looking, but it should share the same primary features, proportions and stance, which is great news for Suzuki.Suzuki’s new city car will be built in India by the Japanese firm’s Indian subsidiary Maruti, just like the last Alto. It will go into production in October 2008, so expect the finished road car to be shown at next autumn’s Paris salon d’automobile, and to go on sale in the UK before the end of next year, priced from around £6500.

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12 December 2007

Didn't I see that grille somewhere already? Oh yes of course...now the Japanese have copied Audi's grille....

 

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13 December 2007

Good looking little car, Suzuki are really on a roll.

I hope the finished article looks like the one you picture, but as with most cars shown pre release things will change.

13 December 2007

I am sure I have seen this somewhere else before too! It looks very much like the Chevrolet Beat concept I think>>>??

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