Suzuki Alto

The Suzuki Alto is built in Pakistan by Pak Suzuki. Additionally, the Mehran 800 and the Alto 800 have been manufactured in Karachi since 1982. The Mehran 800 is built upon an older Suzuki Alto model. In total, seven different Suzuki vehicles are manufactured by Pak Suzuki and most vehicles are available with a CNG option. In 1992 a new facility was built at Port Mohammad Bin Qasim near Karachi. The Suzuki Alto is a very small car, known as a keicar, produced by Suzuki. Its selling features include a low price and great fuel economy. The model was first launched in 1979 and the latest model is known as the Alto GL. It is powered by a 1.1 L straight-4 engine making 62 hp. This is clearly not a very fast car though, as it does 0 to 60mph in 16.30 seconds. Further, the top speed is 93 mph, which to some is laughable. Anyhow, later models had a 796cc F8B engine with three straight cylinders and 6 valves. The F8B engine was the replacement for the F5A engine, which was used only in Asia. It has the same straight three cylinders, however comprises only 550cc. This decision was made in order to fit the Keicar restrictions. Further, for the true Suzuki fans, a turbocharged model called the Alto RS-X was also sold. The Suzuki Alto is also built in India by Maruti Udyog. The Maruti 800, the Maruti Zen and the Maruti Alto are based on the 1986, 1994, and 2002 models of the Alto, respectively. All of the Indian models are only offered in a five-door configuration. In addition, the Korean-sourced Daewoo Tico was based on the 1982 Alto and also sold by Mazda as the Mazda Carol. As one can see, the Alto has influenced a lot of models and been influenced by a handful as well.