The Maruti Suzuki Alto hatchback has breached the 30 lakh unit mark. On sale since later 2000, the Alto was originally brought in to replace the M800 but was ultimately sold alongside it for around 12 years before being replaced by the Alto 800.
It breached the one lakh mark in October 2003 and then 5 lakh units sold in August 2006. However, things really began to pick up for the Alto from 2008 which at that time had sold 10 lakh units. From November 2008 to now, Maruti Suzuki has managed to sell another 20 lakh cars. In that time it discontinued the older car and introduced the Alto 800 and then later introduced a version called the Alto K10 with a 1.0-litre engine. It facelifted the latter in 2014 and now also offers it with an AMT.
Commenting on the achievement of this milestone, R S Kalsi, executive director, marketing &sales, Maruti Suzuki said, “Alto has constantly evolved to reflect the changing India. While Alto’s true essence lies in its remarkable fuel efficiency, performance, attractive price and low maintenance, it has a zippy and sporty design that appeals to customers.”