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Suzuki Alto news — Alto, you’re A-Star - 2008

The Suzuki Alto, a tiny Japanese kei car, is resolutely uncool. The Suzuki A-Star, a small car concept we saw at the start of this year, was surprisingly cool.

So it was probably inevitable that the new Alto, based
on the A-Star concept and set to be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in October,
falls staunchly between ‘cool’ and ‘uncool’.

The Alto will slot beneath the Swift and the Splash in
Suzuki’s European line-up, and will be built in India by Maruti, Suzuki’s
subcontinental partner.

Technical details are thin on the ground, but we’re
expecting the Alto to be powered by a one-litre aluminium petrol engine
producing less than 109g/km of CO2. It should be cheap, though - prices should
start at around seven grand.

Suzuki is expecting to
sell almost a million Altos a year. That’s a bold claim, but given its hot run
of form with small cars at the moment - we’re huge fans of the Swift, and have
already been impressed by the Splash - we’re not betting against them.

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