The most awaited car of the year 2008 is here Maruti A star launched by India’s largest car manufacturer and second biggest car exporter. It is the latest model of the year and the last model to come out in the year 2008. A big car launch was organized as the car market in India and the world in total is undergoing a big slouch. Maruti A star was launched with a big ambition to take over Hyundai i10. The company’s sales have not been very impressive in the past and it hopes to recover from this slump with A Star.
K series petrol engine from Suzuki is the special feature of Maruti A star. The introductory price is Rs. 3.47 to Rs.4.12 lakhs.
The car was envisioned, planned and developed only in India according to Mr. IV Rao Managing Executive officer engineering at Maruti Suzuki India. The manufacture of Maruti A Star was done at the Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki. The investment cost is Rs. 2500 crores, which included the up gradation and expansion of the plant. There are plans to extend the manufacture to Gurgaon plant also.
The hatchback Maruti A star released after Maruti Swift is the fifth global car of Suzuki. Suzuki hopes to hold the maximum share in the Indian passenger car market forever and is trying its level best to make it true. With Swift in the sedan variety, Splash hatchback and the latest, A star Suzuki is trying its best to protect its market share in Indian car market.
With a few firsts, A Star is here to take over in not only the Indian car market but the global car market also. Debut of A star was in the Delhi Auto expo, it also displayed in many international shows. European market debut of A star is scheduled in Geneva Motor show. It is a first time that Indian Engineers have been a part of the Suzuki’s project right from conception stage. A star enjoys outstanding fuel economy coupled with sporty and thrilling performance.
Physical features of this hatchback on the Indian roads are a low-slung grille. In the design, the number plate will be placed on the broad strip. The sporty look comes from the large front bumper and spruced up fenders, headlamps are eye shaped. A star is similar to the old Chevrolet in size and the front built. It is a bit more muscular and sporty than Chevrolet. With feedback from the customer regarding the views the A star is designed for more visibility to the rear passenger. The only disadvantage of the physical appearance is the position of the Suzuki badge.
Engine of A star is 1-liter capacity Euro 5 compliant aluminium petrol engine with emissions lower than the European counterparts. However, now only the petrol engine version is only available there are plans to build the diesel engine at Power train plant in India.
The price of A star as seen earlier is around Rs. 3 lakhs. The booking is not easy as Suzuki plans to manufacture only 50,000 cars in the first year. The production is planned to increase further. The first car was exported to Europe and then launched in India.