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Maruti Baleno and Ignis selected for World Car of the Year 2017

Snapshot: The WCOTY, a non-benefit advisory group of car writers from over the world, will declare the main three finalists from every class at the New York Auto Show on 13 April, 2017.

Suzuki's Baleno premium hatchback which is produced in India and the most recent compact crossover Ignis has been selected for the new Urban Car class of the 2017 World Car of The Year. The World Car of the Year judging board includes 73 car industry columnists.

The WCOTY, a non-benefit advisory group of car writers from over the world, will declare the main three finalists from every class at the New York Auto Show on 13 April, 2017. The vehicles which are nominated in WCOTY must be new and should be available in at least five country across two continents. To qualify for the World Urban car of the year category should be under 4 meters in length. The nominated vehicles would go through rigorous road tests and drives which would be performed in batches.

Since, the launch of the Baleno back in 2015 it has been a star performer for the Suzuki in India. The company has sold over 1-lakh units of the hatchback in less than one year. MSIL has also exported more than 33,000 units of the hatchback. The Baleno is available in two engine options which are 1.3liter DDIS diesel and a 1.2liter VVT petrol engine. Both the engine produces 74bhp of power alongside 190nm of torque and 83.1bhp of power with 115nm of torque respectively. 

The Ignis crossover model was initially propelled in Japan and all the more as of late unveiled for Europe at the Paris Motor Show. The Ignis will go on sale in India and Europe shortly. Despite the fact that motor specs for India has not finalised yet, the Euro-spec Ignis will be fueled by a 89bhp 1.2-liter Dualjet petrol motor and will be accessible with discretionary four wheel drive.

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