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Suzuki Alto (CA71V)

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Suzuki Alto/Maruti 800/Chang’an Suzuki SC7080 Alto/Suzuki Mehran (CA71V/CA72V/CC71V/CC72V). 1984 to date (prod. over 2,500,000 Maruti 800 only). 3- and 5-door sedan. F/F, F/A, 543, 796 cm³ (I3 OHC), 796 cm³ (I3 DOHC). New kei car, launched in Japan in 1984, and in India as the second-generation Maruti 800 in 1986. Four-wheel drive added December 1984, electronic fuel injection and turbo in 1985, mid-term changes 1986. Alto Works, which still has a small cult following among kei car fanatics, launched in 1987, with DOHC and intercooler. Replaced in Japan in 1988, but continued in India, with production beginning in China at Chang’an and Pakistan (as Mehran) around this time. Another licensed version, the Jiangnan Alto, sold in China, with more substantial changes. One of the best sellers for years in India, bringing the industry into the 1980s, and a top-seller in Pakistan, where there are few alternatives. Indian production of Maruti 800 finally ceased in 2014.

Manufacturing locations: Japan; China; Gurgaon, Haryana, India; Karachi, Pakistan

Marque: Suzuki | Model: Suzuki Alto | Predecessor: Suzuki Fronte (SS30V) | Successors: Suzuki Alto (CL11), Suzuki Alto (HA12), Maruti Suzuki Alto (2012–)

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