Suzuki Alto - economical doesn't need to be boring

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For over thirty years, the Alto has been one of the most environmentally friendly petrol-powered family cars on the market. Autocar summed it up as; “a small car which does all the things very small cars used to do simply, honestly, without frills and with lots of interactivity."

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The Suzuki Alto has reached the 31st year of an illustrious history that began with its first-generation launch in May 1979. With aggregate worldwide sales of 10 million units in 132 countries, the low mpg and CO2 emissions of the new Alto are especially significant.

The first-generation Alto was based on a concept of creating a car that was easy for women to control, and it went on the market during a slump in mini-vehicle demand in the late '70s. It broke the mini-vehicle mould, drove Alto sales far beyond Suzuki’s original monthly target and established the Alto as Suzuki’s top-selling model.

Suzuki's strong racing heritage, makes them experts in lightweight construction. In contrast to another legendary Suzuki product - the immensely powerful Hayabusa (GSX1300R) - the Alto's engine is 25% smaller than that of the monster motorcycle, but more than capable of getting a small family from A to B quickly and efficiently. Insurance will be a lot less too!

Imperial College London chose the lightweight, spacious frame of the Suzuki Hayabusa as the base for their electric racing bike which will ride alongside the Alto in the green convoy form Brighton to London.

Stats
Manufacturer: 
Suzuki
Model: 
Alto
CO2 (g/km from tailpipe): 
101-110
Noise at city speed: 
55-60dB
Sound at low speed: 
Quiet
Fill-up time: 
< 5 mins
Top-up time: 
<5 mins
mpg: 
64 (combined)
Power: 
50.00kw
City speed: 
10-15
Top speed: 
96mph
Seats (adult size): 
4
Seen at

2010 Bridgestone Eco-Rally
About the Drivers
Guest Driver 1st leg: 
Photo Sian Berry, writer & campaigner
Sian Berry (dubbed 'environmental viagra' by The Independent was one of the Green Party's principal speakers, 2008 London Mayoral candidate and one of the founders of the Alliance Against Urban 4x4s. Sian is also a judge for the What Green Car awards and is often asked to write opinion pieces for...
Co-pilot/ Guest Driver 2nd leg : 
Sian Berry, writer & campaigner
Sian Berry (dubbed 'environmental viagra' by The Independent was one of the Green Party's principal speakers, 2008 London Mayoral candidate and one of the founders of the Alliance Against Urban 4x4s. Sian is also a judge for the What Green Car awards and is often asked to write opinion pieces for...
About the Exhibitor
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    Suzuki
    Suzuki was founded over one hundred years ago, but see themselves as a brand for the future, designing vehicles that allow customers to live their lives the way they want - focusing on compact, energy-efficient vehicles that enable us all to preserve our environment

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