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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Suzuki Alto 2010 - Stop-Start
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Suzuki Unveils The New 2010 Alto In Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - You couldn't choose a better time to be at the Geneva Motor Show last week than when our camera crew was there to catch Suzuki Motors taking off the tarp covering the new 2010 Alto Concept with its start-stop technology. The image you see is the first ever public photo taken of the 2010 Alto Stop/Start, which has an engine that cuts out at idle to save fuel.

The new Suzuki Alto 2010 Stop/Start has a 996 cc 3-cylinder inline petrol (gasoline) engine with variable valve timing (VVT) that is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The powertrain layout is front engine and front wheel drive. The Suzuki Alto concept car prototype seen in the photo is painted in Suzuki's Arctic White Pearl Metallic paint. Suzuki representatives indicated that the new 2010 Alto has a very respectable CO2 output of only 95 grams/km, which means that it will qualify for tax incentives and special discounts in many European countries, and other parts of the world.

Suzuki engineers are probably hard at work on the design development of the new stop-start engine to make it one of the most fuel efficient on the Planet. No figures were released for 2010 Alto's fuel consumption at Geneva, but considering that the new Alto will have Suzuki's Stop/Start system installed that cuts the engine out at idle and re-starts it when the brake is disengaged, it should have impressive efficiency capability.

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