11/21/2008

Maruti A Star - The new dude in town

Maruti Suzuki has launched the A-Star in the market yesterday targeting the export markets especially the Europe . Like other Maruti's, A Star comes in three versions - Lxi, Vxi and the ZXi. The ZXi variant comes with ABS ( Anti-lock Braking System ) + EBD (Electronic Brake Force and Air-Bags as standard and rear window defogger along with a dashboard integrated 4-speaker music system and an AUX-IN to connect your iPods . The AUX - IN features is there in VXi variant also.

A- Star comes with Suzuki’s 3-Cylinder, 1 Litre KB series engine with 67 Ps of maximum power @ 6200 rpm and 90 nm of torque @ 3500 rpm. The car has been placed in the market by Maruti so that they can compete better with the Hyundai 's best selling car i.e i10 at this moment .

Compared with i 10, A star has go brutal looks . I went to the showroom yesterday and had a look , and you know what , It has got killing looks from the front especially the headlights . But its back looks much like a combination of Santro and Alto moudled like swift . The dash board also looks pretty much cool with a integrated music player . But One thing I dont like is , it gives me feeling of driving a matiz from inside i.e as a driver you wont feel like you are placed at a better height so that you can view comfortably over the dashboard as shown in the figure.

A Star rides on 13-inch tubeless tyres 155/80 R13 and comes with gas-charged dampers. Front suspension is the universal Mc Pherson Struts and Coil Springs while rear is an Isolated Trailing Link Suspension with Coil Springs.

The car will be built exclusively in India for the domestic market and will be exported to 150 countries accross Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Australlia and Africa.The A-Star comes in a total of 9 colors: Azure Grey, Arctic White, Sunlight Copper, Midnight Black, Paradise Blue, Silky Silver, Healing Green, Bright Red and Desert Brown.

The pricing Ex-Showroom Delhi is as follows:

  • A-star Lxi - Rs3,46,775
  • A-star Vxi -Rs3,74,775
  • A-star Zxi - Rs4,11,775

What I feel about A - star is like , if I have to buy some newly released car as an alternate for i10 , one can go for this .

Anyone had a look on the new dude in town , Please throw your comments .

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I saw this car on road.... looked ravishing and amazing...m also planning to buy a new car so I went to showroom yesterday in dwarka.. I am impressed with car... although i hv been using maruti cars so i hv full faith... i gt little disappointed with boot space... one cant fit a suitcase there... few bags would do... as long as i am getting these looks in maruti brand... I wl go with that... i am planning to book zxi model whioch wl cost me near about 4.28L on road....

Maruti A star offers an excellent packaging of feature rich luxury, style and sporty performance. It is a fuel efficient car achieving a spectacular top mileage of 39.48 kilometers per liter.

Maruti Suzuki is leading automobile manufacturer and the market leader in the car segment, both in terms of volume of vehicles sold and revenue earned. Until recently, 18.28% of the company was owned by the Indian government, and 54.2% by Suzuki of Japan. As of 10 May 2007, the government of India sold its complete share to Indian financial institutions and no longer has any stake in Maruti Udyog.

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