Safety and Security
To provide all drivers and passengers with protection and peace of mind the new Alto has numerous active and passive safety features.
The body structure is based on an impact-absorption concept that Suzuki developed using the latest computer-modelling techniques to minimise the transmission vibration to the occupants.
Consisting of front and rear crushable zones and a rigid central cage, this structure enables the new Alto to meet Suzuki's internal standards for occupant protection in an offset frontal collision at 40mph [64km/h].
In addition, three-point ELR seat belts with pretensioners are supplemented by standard dual front airbags to protect the driver and front passenger and side impact protection beams.
Dependable braking performance is assured by front ventilated disc brakes and rear leading/trailing drum brakes and there are child proof rear door locks an immobiliser, and a high level rear brake lamp.
The new Alto has comprehensively updated styling that creates a unique character and conveys a sense of stylish quality.
At the front the curved bumper and a boldly styled front grille are flanked by flush-fitted headlamps. There are large and distinctive combination lamp clusters at the rear, attractive wheel covers, and side protection mouldings which enhance the contour lines on the doors.
Inside the smartly patterned fabric used for the seat upholstery and door trim and a smoothly contoured instrument panel with easy to read instruments and sensibly positioned controls enhance the cabin's visual appeal.
Model Range and PricesInitially there will be one model available in the UK - the Alto 1.1 GL 5-door - priced at £5,995 on the road for the 5-speed manual and £6,745 for the 3-speed automatic [these prices include delivery to the dealer, number plates, 12 months road fund licence and the first registration fee].
Alto ... Star Of IndiaThe Alto for the UK is produced at Suzuki's subsidiary, Maruti Udyog Limited, India's market leading car maker where many of the world's leading car makers - including Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot and Fiat - are following Suzuki's leadership and are now establishing manufacturing facilities.
Export sales are growing rapidly and the Maruti produced Alto is now sold in more than 70 countries including Germany, France, Holland - where it is a leader in the 'A' market sector - and the Republic of Ireland.
Comprehensive After Sales Support
The all-new Suzuki Alto - as with all Suzuki models - is covered by Suzuki Shield, a 3 year / 60,000 mile (whichever comes first) new vehicle warranty, by a 6 year anti-perforation warranty, and by Suzuki Assistance, providing 24 hour roadside assistance, vehicle recovery and associated services for 36 months.
They are available with Suzuki Low Cost Insurance and can be purchased with the help of a wide range of tailor-made finance plans available from Suzuki Finance.Published 22 January 2003