After the success of Baleno in the Indian market, Suzuki Motors Corporation (SMC), parent company of Maruti Suzuki India Limited, today has officially launched ‘Made in India’ Baleno in Japan. The Baleno made its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Sept 2015, and was launched in India on 26th October 2015, where Maruti Suzuki has sold over 38,000 units of Baleno cars in the domestic market.
Manufactured only in India at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar facility in Haryana, the Baleno will be exported in more than 100 countries. The company along with its supplier partners have invested around Rs 1,060 crore in the development of Baleno. Being well accepted by the Indian market, the company has over 80,000 bookings for the model.
Speaking at the launch ceremony held in Tokyo today, H.E. Mr. Sujan R. Chinoy, Ambassador of India to Japan said, “Maruti Suzuki exports to over 125 countries including those in Europe, which is proof of their quality. The model being launched today, the Baleno is a state-of-the-art car developed and manufactured in India through Suzuki’s excellence. It will be exported to 100 global markets including Japan. I am confident that the Baleno will prove to be a huge success in Japan. I wish the launch complete success.”
Adding to this, Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO, said, “A landmark moment like this is a true testimony to the success of Indian Government’s “Make in India” campaign. Launch of ‘Made in India’ Baleno in Japan is a proud moment for all of us. This reaffirms Maruti Suzuki’s manufacturing potential and growing importance of Maruti Suzuki India Limited in Suzuki Motor Corporation’s global business strategies. I am confident our Baleno would be well accepted by Japanese customers as well.”
The all-new hatchback Baleno launched by SMC in Japan is powered by 1.2-litre Dualjet naturally-aspirated engine connected to a CVT with auxiliary transmission, this variant has a impressive fuel efficiency of 24.6kmpl and the 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine matched with six-speed automatic transmission with a fuel efficiency of 20.0kmpl will be launched on May 13, as stated by the Japanese firm. Furthermore, the BALENO is well equipped with functions to assist the driver. In addition to the advanced safety technologies including the collision-mitigating system, it features Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system which maintains a certain distance to the vehicle in front by automatic accelerations and decelerations, thus supporting the long cruising.