The 2012 Suzuki Alto Eco sold in the Japanese market promises an impressive fuel economy of up to 32km/L (~75.3mpg US or 3.1lt/100km) in the Japanese 10-15 test cycle and 30.0km/L in the JC08 driving cycle.
The JDM Alto is powered a very fuel-efficient new R06A 0.66-liter three-cylinder engine featuring a start/stop system borrowed from the third-generation MR Wagon. It produces an output of 52-horses at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 63Nm (46.5 lb-ft) at 4,000 rpm.
An improved continuously variable transmission (CVT) handles the gear shifting duties powering the front wheels.
A 600cc Alto in India with 32 kmpl will be the best piece of news every India hears. With soaring petrol prices and growing inflation, atleast a car with high fuel efficiency could help to reduce the running costs drastically.
Maruti Suzuki will show case 3 concept cars at the 2012 auto expo. If the company gets good consumer feed back, Maruti will certainly launch the cars in India.
Tata is pushing the Nano very hard and has launched the car with added features. Tata Motors is targeting 10,000 sales of the 2012 Nano. The company is also readying the diesel Nano which will be showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo.
Hyundai was stepped in the Alto-Nano category with its new Eon. The South Korean car maker will not ignore the 600cc class and may certainly develop a car for the same segment if the demand for fuel efficient cars does grow leaps and bound.