Maruti Suzuki India has reported that the popular Baleno has crossed a remarkable sales milestone of six lakh units. The company has recently introduced an updated variant of Baleno which comes with 1.2-litre DualJet VVT petrol engine highlighting Smart Hybrid technology. This engine is BS6 compliant which is developed to satisfy the upcoming emission norms.
Baleno was officially launched in the year 2015 in India until now it is one of the most successful cars sold in the premium hatchback range. The hot hatch has earned 27 per cent share in the A2+ range. It is available in a five-seater arrangement which is most popular among the automotive enthusiasts. The five-seater vehicles have remarkable fans among the small families who look for mid-range cars like Baleno.
Baleno reaches the customers via 360 Maruti Suzuki Nexa showrooms. In FY 2018- 19, it has registered 11.5 per cent growth rate. It is the first Nexa model which has reached the aforesaid sales milestone. The company has also decided to establish more showrooms so, it reaches the maximum number of customers. The Baleno is developed in a lightweight Heartect platform which offers high-performance and fuel-efficiency.
The all-new Baleno petrol unit is available with a 1.2-litre engine and Smart Hybrid versions which are combined with the manual and CVT options. The new 1.2-litre DualJet engine is available in 2 variants: Zeta 1.2 litre DualJet Dual VVT and Delta 1.2 litre DualJet Dual VVT. It sits on 16-inch wheels and has a feature-packed cabin. The cabin is equipped with SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Baleno rivals against the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo. The recently launched Delta and Zeta and priced at Rs. 7.25 Lakh and Rs. 7.86 Lakh, respectively. However, the prices for the previous variants are not revised. The prices are as follows.
Sigma: Rs. 5.58 Lakh
Delta (CVT): Rs. 7.68 Lakh
Zeta (CVT): Rs. 8.29 Lakh
Alpha: Rs. 7.58 Lakh
Alpha (CVT): Rs. 8.90 Lakh
Commenting on the remarkable success of Baleno, Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, “Baleno is India’s most preferred premium hatchback. Continuous alignment with customer’s expectations and desires along with periodic upgrades in terms of technology, have kept Baleno in the lead in customer’s decision making.”
He further added, “the recently introduced Next Generation Smart Hybrid on Baleno, resonates with customer’s need for contemporary technology. The milestone of 6 Lakh unit cumulative sales in a record time of just 44 months clearly reflects Baleno’s popularity. We thank our customers for their continued support that has helped Baleno to create this industry benchmark of fastest 6 lakh sales milestone.”
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