Alto retains India’s top car position for 16th straight year


Maruti Alto became the bestselling car in India for the 16th year in a row with 1.48 lakh vehicles sold in 2019-20. Launched in September 2000, Alto became India’s top selling car in 2004 and since then retained the position. The mass accepted hatchback has been adapting and reinventing to stay relevant to the fast evolving needs of customers. The car’s winning proposition is its blend of compact modern design, easy maneuverability, high fuel efficiency and upgraded safety and comfort features.

Speaking on Alto’s achievement, Shashank Srivastava, executive director (marketing and sales), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., said, “Consistently setting new benchmarks in the Indian auto Industry, Alto is the undisputed leader in India for 16 years in a row establishing its dominance in the competitive entry segment. Backed by a strong legacy, the model continues to appeal to customers across the length and breadth of the country, with 76 per cent customers choosing it as their first car.”

He added, “Alto’s unrivalled journey has enabled mobility for the new and young and has turned millions of dreams into reality in India. The strong customer base is a testament of customers appreciating the timely upgrades and refreshment in the brand. With Alto becoming India’s bestselling car for 16 consecutive years, we express our gratitude to the customers for their trust and faith in the brand.”

Alto is India’s first entry level car to become BS6 compliant. The car offers fuel efficiency of 22.05 km per litre  for petrol and 31.56 km per kg for CNG. The standard safety features in the latest variant includes driver side airbag, ABS and EBD, reverse parking sensor, high speed alert system and seat belt reminder for both driver and co-driver. It also complies with latest crash and pedestrian safety regulation.