India’s largest car manufacturer has announced that the first batch of Maruti Baleno hatchbacks have successfully landed in Japan. Exported from Adani Port in Mundra, Gujarat on 30th January 2016, these have now arrived at Toyohashi Port in Japan.
Maruti Suzuki proudly states that Baleno is the first ever car which has been manufactured in India and exported to the home country of the parent company.
This is a new trend, which is on the rise thanks to PM Modi’s Make in India initiative. Unconfirmed reports have revealed that apart from Maruti, there are others who are trying to achieve a similar feat – Ford has plans to export EcoSport to the US, Renault has plans to export Kwid to France.
Export-spec Maruti Baleno will be sold as Suzuki Baleno in Japan. Apart from Japan, the Baleno will also be exported to many other countries, including those in Europe. Export-spec Baleno is powered by an advanced 1.0 liter BoosterJet 1.0 liter three cylinder engine which generates 110 PS and 170 Nm torque.
In Japan, along with the BoosterJet mill, it will also get a 1.2 liter petrol engine variant equipped with SHVS technology. Transmission option on offer are 5 speed MT and 6 speed AT. Exteriors, interiors, features, etc remains largely similar to the India-spec Baleno which is on sale for a price of INR 5.11 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.