The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 has found 100,000 homes in India, in just four months of its launch. With these stellar sales figures, the Alto 800 only continues the legacy of the car it replaced, the Alto F8D. A heavily redesigned version of the Alto F8D, the Alto 800 came with a host of improvements all around. The engine was tweaked for more performance and fuel economy. The space on the inside was increased. Many new features were added and the Alto 800 even got a CNG variant right from the time of its launch. All these measures have meant that the Alto 800 continues to dominate hustings as India’s best selling car model.
The Alto 800’s sales of 100,000 units in 4 months means that Maruti Suzuki has managed to put out about 25,000 examples of the small car on Indian roads each month. This sales numbers are even more creditable considering the overall slowdown in car sales in India. Petrol cars have borne the brunt of the sales slowdown and in light of this fact, the petrol powered Alto 800 stands out as an outlier of sorts. The Alto 800 is powered by a 796cc-3 cylinder engine that is available in petrol and CNG variants. The Alto 800 competes with the likes of the Tata Nano and the Hyundai Eon.
The Alto 800’s major selling points are its bomb proof reliability, the promise of good after sales service because of the Maruti badge on the bonnet, an affordable price tag and high fuel efficiency. The Alto 800 is the least priced car in Maruti Suzuki’s portfolio to be sold across India. While the Maruti 800 hatchback is priced lower than the Alto 800, the former is sold only is BS3 markets. On the other hand, the BS4 compliant Alto 800 is sold across India and Maruti Suzuki even has plans of exporting the car to many countries in the coming months.