Suzuki Motor Corporation has announced that it will manufacture the Celerio for the European market at its Rayong Plant in Thailand. Earlier this month, Suzuki showcased the Celerio at the Geneva Motor Show, giving a thorough glimpse of this newly-launched model to the European market. The Celerio is due to be launched in the market after mid 2014 where it will replace the Alto (A-Star in India) and Splash (Ritz in India) while competing with Dacia Sandero and Toyota' city car the Aygo.
The Celerio in Europe will continue to be powered with 1.0-litre K-Series, 68 PS and 90 Nm petrol engine but company will incorporate an engine “Auto-Start-Stop” function to reduce Co2 emissions. Transmission will be the same 5-speed manual and Automated Manual transmission with a similar fuel efficiency of 23.1 kmpl. Active and passive safety will be improved making airbags and a few more features as standard fitment. Visually, the Celerio will also boast larger wheels while the interiors will be treated in single black tone.
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio made its global launch at Auto Expo India 2014 on February 6th, 2014. The company is said to be getting an overwhelming response with over 1000 bookings a day and over 25,000 units have been booked in the first month post its launch. The Celerio price range starts from Rs. 3,76,385/- and goes upto 4,78,870/- (ex-showroom, Delhi) for its top-end ZXi(O) variant.