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Next month at the New Delhi Motor Show, Suzuki will unveil the A-Star concept, which foretell's the automakers next global compact car. Why India? Well, local interests, of course. The production version of the car, likely the new Alto according to World Car Fans, will be built in India at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant beginning in October 2008. It will be sold globally (read: Europe, India and other non-US markets), and Suzuki plans to keep the vehicle's price low. Technical details are sparse, but reports state that the production version will be powered by a 1.0L Euro 5 emissions compliant engine. If you can read Japanese, you can check out Suzuki's official announcement here.

[Source: Suzuki, AFP, IHT]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      That looks like one bad-ass 'Zuki..if the USDM will ever see one(hopefully the new Swift)!
        • 7 Years Ago
        The grille/bumper combo design really hits the schweet spot!!..

      • 7 Years Ago
      I want to see a "head to head" of this with the Fiat 500/Abarth. Cute n' cuddly v. Snarly
      • 7 Years Ago
      Manufacturers aren't getting the hint that silver is getting tragically old.
        • 7 Years Ago
        cars look good in silver, why change? It's more interesting than white and shows off lines better than black.
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks great will the splash or Saturn mini look like this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice car, especially, consider its price.

      Maruti Suzuki sells in India as low as 195,000 rupees (about $5,000).
      Check prices yourself:
      http://www.marutisuzuki.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      pissed off Pokemon FTW!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agree about the pi$$ed off Pokemon look. Side-view isn't too bad either. Make it a turbo'd multi-variable-valve 1.0liter (good for, oh, 130 hp) and that would be a kick! (But only with a manual gearbox!) And unlikely to show in the US ('cuz "we" don't like/buy small cars...)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice looking car. However it will be toned down some for production, but that and the fact that this car is smaller than a Mini by a bit wouldn't deter me or quite a few others from buying. Bring it Suzuki!
      • 7 Years Ago
      pika-cchhhuuuu!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Exciting design -- proves cheap doesn't have to mean ugly.

      Why is it Americans get ugly 7-seater SUVs when these are available? I guess we get what we deserve.
      • 7 Years Ago
      make it a 3-dr with 130hp and I'm all over that like curry on rice
      • 7 Years Ago
      to bad "globally" excludes the USA
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought Toyota made the Yaris liftback?
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