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MUL to display Suzuki's small cars at Auto Expo 2004

Maruti Udyog will showcase the prowess in small car technology of its parent, Suzuki Motor with display of five latest vehicles at the expo.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2004 21:52 IST

Maruti Udyog Ltd will showcase the prowess in small car technology of its parent, Suzuki Motor Corp, with display of five latest vehicles at the Auto Expo 2004 starting this week.

This would include 'Concept S', which would form the base for small and mini cars of Suzuki in the near future, a company source said.

Japanese automaker Suzuki, which has 54.2 per cent stake in MUL, would also drive in the two-seater 'Twin Hybrid' car, compact Sports-Utility-Vehicle 'Jimny', racing car 'Formula Hayabusa' and the 1299cc motorcycle 'Hayabusa GSX1300R', the source said.

India's biggest carmaker, MUL, which would use the automotive show as a platform to highlight Suzuki's leadership in small cars, would also present its own range of models in customised versions.

"The central message of the Maruti pavilion will be how Suzuki's experience in making motorcycles helps it in developing light, compact and performance-packed cars," the source said.

The display of the latest technology in cars could be considered significant as Suzuki had earlier announced plans to make MUL as its research and development hub for small cars for Asia, outside Japan.

As per the plan, MUL would be able to fully develop a new car model in India by 2007.

This year's Auto Expo would be the first after Suzuki took management control of MUL in May 2002. The company had not participated in the 2002 edition of the biennial show.

The display of the 'Hybrid Twin' car, which was launched in Japan in January 2003, would reinforce Suzuki's leadership in environment friendly technology, the source said.

The 'Formula Hayabusa' is a single-seater racing car with a 1299cc petrol engine, which generates upto 173 brake horse power.

The same engine and transmission has also been used in the 'Hayabusa GSX 1300R' motorcycle.

The main attraction among the Maruti models would be the premium small car 'Alto', which covered nearly 3,082 kms on a test track of 24 hours at an average of 128.4 km per hour.

Suzuki had sold 9.52 lakh passenger vehicles in the Japanese market last year and about 4.51 lakh two-wheelers.

This year's auto expo would be the first after Suzuki took management control of MUL in May 2002. The company had not participated in the 2002 edition of the biennial show.

The display of the 'Hybrid Twin' car, which was launched in Japan in January 2003, would reinforce Suzuki's leadership in environment friendly technology, the source said.

The 'Formula Hayabusa' is a single-seater racing car with a 1299cc petrol engine, which generates upto 173 brake horse power.

The same engine and transmission has also been used in the 'Hayabusa GSX 1300R' motorcycle.

The main attraction among the Maruti models would be the premium small car 'Alto', which covered nearly 3,082 kms on a test track of 24 hours at an average of 128.4 km per hour.

Suzuki had sold 9.52 lakh passenger vehicles in the Japanese market last year and about 4.51 lakh two-wheelers.