As a part of its ongoing process to prepare for the upcoming safety norms well in advance, Maruti Suzuki has introduced optional driver airbag across all variants of the Maruti Alto 800 and K10. With the update, the automaker is looking to sustain the Alto’s highly successful run in the domestic market.
MSIL recent drive to make its cars safer witnessed introduction of Maruti S-Cross and Baleno with standard dual airbags and ABS with EBD right from the entry level variant. Models like the Ertiga, Ciaz, Dzire, Wagon R and Celerio are available with dual airbags and ABS with EBD as optional extras across the range.
In addition to the optional driver airbags, the Alto range now also comes with left side wing mirror which was not available in lower variants before. The Alto small series averaged 22,000 units per month in FY2014-15 and has been dominating the local car market for over an decade.
The Alto 800 STD (O) with airbag starts at INR 2.62 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) which is just INR 6,000 more expensive than the regular non-airbag variant. The K10 too maintains the same price difference.
The Indian government is working on a new Road Safety Bill which would be placed before the parliament shortly. The new bill will push for comprehensive crash test norms, mandatory airbags on all cars, ABS on two wheelers and many more.