The Suzuki Alto is classified as a small kei car that was designed by Suzuki. When this vehicle was first introduced, its primary selling points were its compact size and excellent fuel economy. This vehicle is now in its seventh generation and was first introduced in 1979. The Alto badge has been used for a number of other cars sold in Japan and it has been shipped to retailers in a variety of countries in places all over the world. The first generation of this vehicle, also known as the SS30V/40V, was introduced in May of 1979.
The first version of the Alto to be released on the market was a 3-door car version of the Fronte passenger car. For the vehicle's suspension, there are coil struts with leaf springs located in the back. When the Alto was first introduced its respective markets, it was equipped with a T5B two-stroke 539 cc (SS30) 3-cylinder engine. The Alto's extremely low price was a significant contributing fact to its overall worldwide success. Consumers responded exceptionally well to the Alto, despite the fact that it did have some mechanical shortcomings. One of the reasons that the Alto was priced so cheaply is because a number of concessions were made with regards to its internal components, including the fact that the engine did not require twin catalysts.
The third generation of the Alto, also known as the CL/CM11, effectively replaced the CA71 and was launched in September of 1988. This was the last model Alto to have any associations whatsoever with the Fronte passenger car. The unusual angular styling of this vehicle as well as its glazed C-pillar on the fifth door made it a unique addition to the market. There was also a version of this vehicle made with sliding doors to make getting in and out easier, and it ended up being a success with consumers who appreciated the extra convenience. Suzuki also launched a version of the Alto with a high roof called the Hustle, and it was simply a modification of the five-door body rather than a whole new design. This vehicle's outward appearance was very similar to that of the Nissan AD Max Van, and product of this vehicle ultimately came to a halt in 1993.
The fourth generation of the Alto, also known as the HA11, first appeared on the market in 1994. In addition to the 657 cc F6A engines was the brand new high performance 64 PS 658 cc K6A. Tailgate as well as the rear doors on this vehicle are fairly angular, though the front was a bit more rounded than any of the previous models that came before it. The fifth generation of this vehicle, or the HA12/22, was introduced to various markets in October of 1998. The overall styling for the body of this vehicle was more rounded with many similarities to the Suzuki Kei. The 658 cc K6A engine that had been used in other models of this vehicle now came with a turbocharger for increased power and speed.
The seventh and most current generation of the Alto was first introduced to the pubic at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, as well as the Mazda Carol. This vehicle comes with a 0.66 liter engine which is coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission, a 4-speed automatic, or a CVT transmission. The Alto Eco variant model was released by Suzuki in 2011 with a claimed fuel economy of 71 mpg. The primary selling point of this vehicle was the fuel economy as well as a number of other features that made it a safe and environmentally-friendly drive.