Maruti keeps the momentum going; starts export of Baleno to Europe
Maruti is not yet convinced with the success of its recently launched car, Baleno. The hatchback has dominated its segment in the Indian market and now the carmaker has started exporting it to Japan. But , Maruti is not satisfied. As per Zauba, the Indo-Japanese company has now started exporting the four-wheeler to European nations as well. The left-hand drive units have been exported to Poland, Germany, Belgium, Slovenia and Italy. There have been slight variations made to the automobile.
While in India, it has a 1,197cc petrol heart, the exported units run on 1,242cc petrol mill. Maruti’ Baleno comes with two engine options in India. While the 1.3-litre diesel powerhouse delivers a power of 74 bhp with a peak torque of 190 Nm, the 1.2-litre petrol engine churns out 83 bhp of power with 115 Nm of torque. While a 5-speed manual transmission is standard, petrol trims offer automatic CVT transmission also.
Baleno’s top-end variants have been particularly a hit. Credit for this goes to the carmaker as it was able to control the pricing of its latest offering. This resulted in customers going more for the top-end variants as they now got more luxurious features in the same amount of money which they would have spent on any other car.
Maruti is now about to bring Vitara Brezza to the Indian market. Though likely to be offered only in diesel trim initially, the to be launched vehicle has created a lot of buzz in the domestic space. It was completely unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016. The automaker recently opened bookings for the model.
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