INDIA: Suzuki Stingray to help Maruti swim out of sales slump?
The Stingray is priced from Rs 4.09 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Maruti Suzuki has added a new model to its range, the Stingray. The 998cc five-door hatchback, which is based on the Wagon R, is aimed at younger buyers.
Over 1.3 million Wagon R models have been sold in India since Maruti's first generation model entered production in 1999. The current model has been manufactured at the company's Gurgaon plant in Haryana since 2010. It is a restyled version of the fourth generation Suzuki Wagon R that was first launched in Japan in 2008.
Suzuki launched the Stingray in Japan in 2012, and India's new car is closely related to that car. The main difference is the 1.0-litre K12 engine for the Maruti-made models, whereas the car built at Kosei in Japan for the domestic market has a 0.7-litre engine. Maruti says it plans to launch a CNG version of the K12 later in 2013.
Author: Glenn Brooks
New Delhi, 21 Aug 2013: Car market leader Maruti Suzuki introduced the stylish, aggressive and sporty `Stingray’ here today. With this, the Company has expanded its portfolio and enriched it to meet aspirations of young India.
Sporting some high-end-features, usually associated with premium cars, Stingray is a refreshing package. These features include expressive projector headlamps and stylish reflector grille to name some. The expressive projector lamps are first-of-its-kind on a car in this class of vehicles.
Stingray will be available in Lxi and Vxi variants (ABS and Driver Airbag are optional in Vxi).
On the introduction, Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, “With Stingray, we carry forward our focus to make our best sellers even more attractive. The aggressively designed Stingray reinforces the fact that compact cars that are high on utility and reliability can also be premium and stylish. For the younger customers who aspire for a bold and aggressively styled car, the Stingray will be a delightful choice.”
Stylish + aggressive exteriors: The bold and aggressive front fascia, sporty side skirting, B-pillar black-out strip and stylish rear spoiler add character to the Stingray. Enriching it further are the gunmetal grey coloured alloy-wheels, chrome plated tail lamps and chrome back-door garnish with ‘Stingray’ prominently embossed on it.
Premium + sophisticated Interiors: All-black ambience with premium upholstery lends richness and sophistication to the interiors of Stingray. The designers have played with the piano black finish to add alight reflecting glassy premiumness. Smart use of chrome on door handles and AC louvers adds a dash of luxury to the interiors.
The Stingray blue themed instrument cluster is all new with multi information display that shows Instant and Average fuel economy, distance to empty etc.
The leather wrap steering wheel and steering mounted audio controls, also usually associated with premium models, will delight the Stingray buyers (VXi option).
Technologically Ahead: Stingray is powered by the highly acclaimed 998cc three-cylinder K-series engine. The K-10 engine on Stingray delivers a power of 68PS @ 6200rpm and a high torque of 90Nm @ 3500 rpm.
The Stingray will return a fuel efficiency of 20.51 kmpl of petrol (Certified as per rule 115 of CMVR1989).
The Stingray is OBD-II compliant and also free from hazardous substances to enable recycling.
Original source: http://www.marutisuzuki.com/pressrelease.aspx