Maruti Alto, the brand’s entry level hatchback, continues to be India’s best selling car, with over 18,000 units sold in June 2019. Maruti Suzuki dispatched 18,733 units of the Alto to dealer stockyards across the country. The Swift came second, with total sales of 16,330 units. The third best selling car in India is also a Maruti Suzuki – in this case the Dzire compact sedan – with sales of 14,868 units. The Alto’s big numbers come at a time when the entire car industry in India is reeling under a sales slowdown. Year on year, Alto’s sales have grown by 4 % and this growth is a big deal when the entire industry is facing severe headwinds. Maruti recently introduced a mild facelift for the Alto 800, and the newer car is likely to attract many new customers for a few months. Maruti is also working on a new hatchback that will look butch and sit in between the Alto and WagonR.
An all-new version of the Maruti Alto is in the works, and is likely to be launched sometime next year, a time when the current car becomes 8 years old. Talking of the current-generation model, it has been a best seller for years. It’s bought by young and old alike, and a lot of first time car buyers opt for the Alto. The car’s strong sales is due to many factors coming together. It’s extremely reliable and affordable to run, and maintain. The car is also priced very attractively, and is backed by the best after sales in the industry.
Many far flung areas of India, where most other car brands are absent, Maruti Suzuki is present, and such cities and towns bring in the big numbers for the Alto. The Alto is available with manual and automatic gearbox options. Both petrol and CNG fuel options are offered with the car. The Alto 800 uses a 796cc, F8D petrol engine with 47 Bhp of peak power and 69 Nm of peak torque.
A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard with this engine, which gets a CNG-Petrol dual fuel option in many parts of India. The Alto has a slightly different looking, powerful variant called the K10. The Alto K10 gets a bigger, 1 liter petrol engine with puts out 67 Bhp of peak power and 90 Nm of peak torque. The bigger engine is sold ith 5 speed manual and automated manual transmission (AMT) options. Prices of the Alto start from Rs. 3.03 lakhs.
The Maruti Swift is a B-segment hatchback that totally dominates its segment. The Swift is an affordable, fun car that a lot of young people opt for. The car is sold with petrol and turbo diesel engines, both of which get manual and AMT gearbox options. It competes with the likes of the Ford Figo and the Hyundai Grand i10. Prices of the Maruti Swift start from Rs. 5.14 lakhs.