Maruti Udyog Ltd. - the Indian Govt./Suzuki Motor Co. (Japan) alliance - announced that it will launch India`s first station-wagon on Friday (1/9/00), says Bloomberg News (31/8/00).

Called the `Baleno Altura Wagon`, the car - based on the mid-size `Baleno` sedan - beats Fiat India`s rival model the `Siena Weekend Station Wagon` to the Indian market by one week.