Maruti
Udyog, the Suzuki-Indian government joint car-making venture, will launch the
Every passenger-carrying van in India later this year.

Maruti first displayed the new model at the January 2000 Auto Expo and is now
tooling up to produce it in India where it will be launched with a considerable
proportion of local content (components and labour).

The
Every

The Every is considerably larger than the Maruti Omni, which is based on the
previous-model Suzuki Carry van. The Every is the latest version of the Carry
and the Indian model will be broadly similar to the model sold in Japan (which
is quite different from the latest Carry van and small truck sold in other export
markets).

The versatile little Every people carrier can seat eight or 10 passengers depending
on interior layout and the interior is trimmed to car standards. Features include
heating and air conditioner controls for rear passengers and a wide range of
adjustments for all seats.

The Indian Every will share its 1.3-litre 16-valve multi-point fuel-injected
engine with Maruti’s Esteem, a model based on Suzuki’s Swift sedan
(and not to be confused with the North American Esteem which is based on the
newer Baleno).

The Every will be a useful addition to Maruti’s line-up and will be targeted
at Omni owners wanting the same type of vehicle but snazzier. Maruti will also
encourage taxi owners to consider their more versatile alternative to regular
cars and pick-ups.

The Every is likely to be priced from $US8,530 to $US10,665 when it goes on
sale in the second half of this year.


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