The Baleno is now the most exported car in Maruti Suzuki’s portfolio. The achievement comes at a time when the premium hatch has been launched in Japan and is ready to explore other international markets as well.
The Indo-Japanese carmaker exported 3,400 units of the Baleno in February. The number is substantially higher when compared to other models. Maruti exported 1,645 units of the Alto 800 and 1,425 Swift in the similar period. A chunk of the exported Balenos (1,800 units) has been sent to Japan. Other international markets include Germany, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Slovenia and Spain. Maruti is quite ambitious as far as its plans for the Baleno are concerned. It has announced that it will be exporting the vehicle to more than 100 countries. Target markets include countries like Chile, Paraguay, Colombia, France, Netherlands and Denmark.
The Baleno is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel engine. It comes with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard and offers a CVT as an option. Maruti is also planning to introduce a 1.0-litre petrol engine which will be a more powerful and fun alternative to the existing petrol. The Baleno with the BoosterJet engine will take on the Volkswagen GT TSi with 109bhp and 170Nm on tap.
The Baleno has proved to be a spectacular success for Maruti Suzuki. The automaker has received more than 1 lakh bookings within six months of launch.
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