22 December 2014
Suzuki launches the all-new Alto minicar in Japan
Suzuki Motor Corporation has launched the all-new Alto minicar in Japan on 22 December, 2014.
Alto was first launched in May 1979 in Japan as a utility minicar with the ease of driving and use, economic efficiency, and inexpensive price setting. It became popular mainly among female customers and pioneered a new market for minicars.
Since its launch, Alto had evolved in terms of function and performance in line with the needs of the times. Throughout its 35-year history, Alto has been favored by many customers, with its accumulated domestic sales of approximately 4.83 million units*1. It is a model that represents Japanese minicars.
The all-new eighth generation Alto has adopted a newly-developed platform for the first time and achieved a weight reduction of 60kg*2 by thoroughly reducing its weight. Along with the enhanced efficiency of the powertrain, it has realized fuel consumption of 37.0km/L*3, the lowest among non-hybrid gasoline vehicle in Japan*4. It also combines light and steady driving performance.
While adopting a simple and stylish design with the exterior emphasizing quality and proportion, and the interior combining design and function, it also realizes roomy cabin space with the longest cabin length in its class*5, owing to its stretched long wheelbase.
Further, by incorporating advanced safety technologies such as the Radar Brake Support collision-mitigation braking system, the Alto has evolved in fuel efficiency, driving performance, design, and safety performance, while brushing up basic performances including the ease of maneuverability and handling.
Main features of the all-new Alto
- Combined light and steady driving performance with the lowest fuel consumption among non-hybrid gasoline vehicle in Japan*4 of 37.0km/L*3.
- Achieved weight reduction of 60kg*2 as compared to the conventional model. Realized the lightest weight*6 of 610kg*7.
- Simple, clean, and stylish design.
- Comfortable cabin space with the ease of driving.
- Incorporated advanced safety technologies.
- *1 Confirmed by Suzuki in November 2014 using data from the Japan Light Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle Association’s registration units of the Alto passenger and commercial vehicles (excludes Alto Lapin).
- *2 Comparison between the all-new Alto equipped with CVT and conventional Alto Eco.
- *3 2WD equipped with CVT.
- *4 Based on Suzuki research in December 2014 using measurement taken in the JC08 test cycle.
- *5 Two-box minicar with an overall height of under 1,550mm. Based on Suzuki research in December 2014.
- *6 Suzuki made comparisons in December 2014 between ongoing four-seated minicar models.
- *7 2WD equipped with 5MT.
Features of the Alto
1. Combined light and steady driving performance with the lowest fuel consumption among non-hybrid gasoline vehicle in Japan*4 of 37.0km/L*3.
- - Enhanced fuel efficiency and driving performance owing to the adoption of a new platform and 60kg*2 of weight reduction.
- - Installed the ENE-CHARGE, new Engine Auto Stop Start System, and ECO-COOL. (For L, S, and X variants)
- - Achieved the lowest fuel consumption among non-hybrid gasoline vehicle in Japan*4 of 37.0km/L*3 mainly owing to major improvement of the engine, enhanced efficiency of CVT, and reduction of running resistance.
New platform of lightweight and high rigidity
- - Achieved weight reduction by renewal of a platform and major improvement in rigidity and quietness, collision performance, driving performance, etc.
- - Secured enough body rigidity with fewer parts by making a smooth platform shape to reduce reinforcement parts and reducing the sheet thickness while joining basic cross-section.
Major improvement in R06A engine
- - Major improvement in fuel efficiency by raising the compression ratio and adopting the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system (excludes F 5MT and VP variants), while enhancing the low-to-mid speed driving performance by newly designing the intake and exhaust systems.
- - Realized weight reduction and compact body by adopting a cylinder head integrated with an exhaust manifold and simplifying the catalyzer case.
Transmission with pursuit on fuel efficiency and driving
- - Improved the CVT with an auxiliary gearbox. Improved fuel efficiency by optimizing the gear ratio in line with the weight reduction throughout the vehicle. (For L, S, and X variants)
- - Introduced a variant equipped with Auto Gear Shift (AGS) for the first time on Suzuki mini passenger vehicle. This transmission adopts an electro-hydraulic actuator, which automatically operates clutch and gearshift, onto a five-speed manual transmission, and realizes strong and direct driving. (For F and VP variants)
New suspension that realized weight reduction and high driving performance
- - Combined weight reduction and high rigidity by making the suspension frame into a flat structure, and making it a part of the body frame.
- - Improved riding comfort by expanding the front and rear suspension strokes.
- - Adopted stabilizer on the front and rear (for X 2WD variant).
- - Newly adopted torsion beam suspension on the rear, which contributes to weight reduction (for 2WD).
2. Achieved weight reduction of 60kg*2 as compared to the conventional model. Realized the lightest weight*6 of 610kg*7.
- - Achieved weight reduction of 60kg*2 as compared to the conventional model by thoroughly reducing weight in the body, engine, suspensions, and seats, as well as adopting a new platform.
- - Adopted high-tensile steel on 46% of the whole body weight to ensure weight reduction and rigidity.
3. Simple, clean, and stylish design.
Exterior design with pursuit on proportion
- - Simple but beautiful proportion with dignity.
- - Roofline that flows from the front to the rear with the overall height kept low.
- - Design around the headlights that evokes emotional eyes.
- - A total of 12 body color variation including new colors Pure Red and Chiffon Ivory Metallic, as well as grey two-tone back door options (for X variant).
*VP variant comes only with the body color Superior White.
High-quality interior with simple and clean image
- - Comfortable cabin space that combined design and function.
- - Instrument panel on which a clearly defined straight line between the leftmost and rightmost points emphasizes the cabin’s roominess.
- - Meter with the same image as the headlight design.
- - Light blue-based seats with white piping (excludes VP variant).
4. Comfortable cabin space with the ease of driving.
- - Realized long wheelbase of 2,460mm owing to the adoption of a new platform.
- - Realized the longest cabin length in its class*5 of 2,040mm*8 and tandem distance of 900mm. It also ensures 620mm for the distance between the driver and the front passenger.
- - Ease of optimizing driving position owing to equipment of tilt steering (for X variant) and driver seat lifter (for S and X variants). The front doors adopt a middle two-step stopper.
- - Realized one of the smallest minimum turning radius in its class*5 of 4.2m*9.
- - Various storage space including a front console drink holder which can even hold a 500ml drink package (excludes 5MT), and a shopping hook behind the passenger seat which can hook a bag (excludes VP variant).
*8 Variants equipped with rear seat head rests.
*9 Variants equipped with 13-inch tires.
5. Incorporated advanced safety technologies.
- - Radar Brake Support offer for all variants.
*Radar Brake Support collision-mitigation braking system, unintended start control system, and emergency stop signal.
- - Standard equipment of ESP(R) (Electronic Stability Program) which controls slipping and side sliding on all variants of passenger vehicle.
*ESP is a registered trademark of Daimler AG.
- - Adopted light, impact-absorbent Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) body structure that efficiently absorbs and disperses impact forces.
- - Equipped with Hill Hold Control, which controls the vehicle from backing down in a slope.
*Excludes F 5MT variant.
*VP variant is equipped on vehicles with Radar Brake Support.
- - Standard equipment of seatbelt reminder on both driver and front passenger seats of all variants of passenger vehicle.