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February 6th, 2012
Maruthi Alto being upgraded!

Maruti Suzuki managing director Shinzo Nakanishi said – Alto, the world’s highest-selling small car, may be replaced within the next year.

In the automobile market, upgradation and renewal is a continuous process. Alto as a brand would continue definitely. Some upgradation will happen, I V Rao, managing executive officer of Maruti Suzuki added.

Maruti has enough reason to retain the brand that took its first offering, the iconic Maruti 800’s place as the entry-level hatchback for cities with BS 4 emission norms.

Alto is a strong brand and is doing well; we could sell about 300,000 plus a year. In 2011, Alto was the best-selling vehicle in the world, Rao said.

Maruti sold 310,000 Altos, the most in the world. Volkswagen’s Gol, which sells in Brazil, came second.

Within the Suzuki family, Alto’s sales are higher than the combined sales of the Japanese carmaker’s total sales in any country other than India.

Rao, however, refused to reveal whether there would be radical changes in design just the way Zen coursed.