New city car set for Paris show launch
8 August 2008

Suzuki has unveiled its new Alto city car.

Based on the A-Star concept, the new Alto is to debut at the Paris motor show in October this year before going on sale early in 2009.

Suzuki claims that the new Alto is “a response to the needs of today’s motorists”, and as such it has been downsized to achieve a lighter kerb weight without compromising interior space.

There is no official word on the engine range, but expect a newly developed 1.0-litre unit with CO2 emissions below 110g/km.

As these images show, the stylish A-Star has been a big influence on the Alto, but many of the concept car’s sharper, more modern design cues have been lost in the move to a production model.No prices have been confirmed but expect the Suzuki Alto range to start at around £7000.

Vicky Parrott

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8 August 2008

Why do manufacturers excite us and tease us all the time with concepts that look young and fresh but when it comes to the road model - it's a let down. The A-Star concept looks like a car I, as a 23 year old, would be willing to drive. I saw the concept at the motor show. These pictures have really turned me off. I think it would be better suited to my gran now!!

8 August 2008

Pig and ugly spring to mind.

Still, it'll sell well in its home market of India.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

8 August 2008

They should have made it much closer to the A-Star Concept. This just looks like a bad copy of a Citroën C1 - even down to the 'pop-out' rear windows, the front lights, and front bumper design. Still, it's a huge improvement on the current Alto. It fits in reasonably well with the Swift and Splash.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

GD

9 August 2008

"As these images show, the stylish A-Star has been a big influence on the Alto, but many of the concept car’s sharper, more modern design cues have been lost in the move to a production model."

So yet again a manufacturer shows a concept it has no intention of making, even if it is what the buyers want. It is time they noticed that the market economics have moved in favour of the buyer, who just will not buy if he is not offerred what he wants.

GB

GD

9 August 2008

[quote AlexMB]Why do manufacturers excite us and tease us all the time with concepts that look young and fresh but when it comes to the road model - it's a let down. The A-Star concept looks like a car I, as a 23 year old, would be willing to drive. I saw the concept at the motor show. These pictures have really turned me off. I think it would be better suited to my gran now!!
[/quote]

How I sympathise with your comments. When I was young there were no concepts, probably better!

GB

9 August 2008

As ever, many do the marque an injustice. The car hasn't even been released yet.

Suzuki Motors have never made a 'bad' car. They have made cars that have been as, if not more, efficently reliable than any other car maker.

Never be afraid to accept something new, at least 'try' to get know it.

Suzuki Motors are on the up.

What do I drive, as well as a Lexus?..........

10 August 2008

[quote Stephen Guckel]Suzuki Motors have never made a 'bad' car. They have made cars that have been as, if not more, efficently reliable than any other car maker.[/quote]

That isn't really true.

I sold Suzukis in the late 80's and early 90's. Anything built in their Santana factory in Spain was simply appalling.

My wife had a new Swift for 18 months.

The amount of faults on it was ridiculous. To cap it all there was a manufacturing defect with the rear axle that Suzuki knew only too well about as it had occurred on a lot of the Swifts.

Their Japanese built vehicles are excellent. I had a a Cappo, brilliant little car. Anything built elsewhere is rather average at best.


Where has all Japanese design went to?

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