The Volkswagen-Suzuki alliance plans to develop a brand new small car for the Indian market in the Rs 2-2.5 lakh range, which could replace the Alto when the Indian arm of Suzuki decides to retire its top-selling model.
Maruti Suzuki chairman RC Bhargava toldFabian Mannecke, the spokesman for VolkswagenManish Mathur, principal at AT Kearney saidDetails - Economictimes
Maruti Suzuki chairman RC Bhargava told
We will need a car in the Rs 2.5-lakh apiece range. First we had the M800, then the Alto. At some point we will need a replacement for the Alto. That price range is the entry level for Indian customers today, so we can't leave that segment open.
Volkswagen will be greatly interested in a car below the price segment of the Up, which we have already displayed in India, and that is something we will need to check in our future together with Suzuki. Suzuki does not have diesel technology and that is one of the main things that will interest them in the future.
The cross-pollination of technology, product architecture and product development will mean both Suzuki and VW will now be able to bring in more diesel options, especially in small cars.