Maruti Suzuki Ertiga MUV is Family Car of the Year 2012
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga MUV has received a top honor from BBC Top Gear India. It has been awarded with “Family Car of the Year 2012” award thanks primarily to its third row seating configuration and compact design. Seating capacity for 5+2 passengers, due to its flexible seating arrangements and additional baggage space makes this vehicle ideal for long distance travel.
BBC Top Gear Magazine held their fifth edition of India Awards 2012 at Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon on December 10, 2012. The ceremony honored most significant of vehicles launched between November1, 2011 and October 31, 2012. The jury comprised of Top Gear road test team which found the Ertiga from Maruti Suzuki most suited as a family car, easy on the pocket and most fuel efficient since it is offered with a host of diesel and petrol engine options besides being backed by Maruti’s extensive service networks. For more information, scroll down.
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Maruti Suzuki Ertiga wins Family Car of the Year
New Delhi, December 11, 2012: Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has been conferred with coveted “Family Car of the Year 2012” award by country’s leading automobile publication, BBC TopGear India. With its 3-row seating configuration in a compact overall design, the Ertiga has been chosen for the title for creating an altogether new “compact MPV” segment in the automobile industry. The award was received by Mr CV Raman, Executive Director (Engineering), Maruti Suzuki from Mr S Sandilya, President, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
Launched in April this year, Ertiga marks Maruti Suzuki’s entry into the utility vehicle segment in Indian automobile industry. While the vehicle expanded company product portfolio further, Ertiga pioneered the concept of new compact Utility vehicle. Ertiga primarily designed keeping in mind the aspirations of urban Indian families combines the compactness, style and fuel efficiency – rare attributes in a utility vehicles. Moreover, while Ertiga carries distinct UV outline, under its monocoque frame lies the car DNA which makes driving Ertiga a special experience.
Paying tributes to Ertiga’s distinctive characteristic as a pioneer UV in India, the magazine notes, “It is Ertiga’s compact dimensions, light control and fuel efficient and adequately powered engines that endear it to the family-focussed buyer.” In Ertiga, Maruti Suzuki has introduced the next generation 1.4 litre K-series VVT petrol engine. Ertiga is the first vehicle in company’s product range that is being powered by this highly fuel efficient engine. The diesel variant of Ertiga is powered by an acclaimed 1248cc DDiS VGT engine. The compact Ertiga offers flexi-seating to accommodate 5+2 people (2+3+2) and a lot of baggage space.
Highlighting the grounds for final verdict on Ertiga, the globally reputed Top Gear magazine comments, “Even though the Ertiga is completely different from anything that has ever come out of Maruti, it remains true to Maruti’s core values. It’s relatively easy on the wallet, comes with a great set of diesel and petrol engines and most importantly, carries the reassurance of Maruti’s extensive service network. That’s why it’s a super hit already and our Family Car of the Year.”
Since its launch in April this year, Ertiga has sold over 55,000 units.