The New Suzuki Celerio Reaches Europe
|   Tuesday, April 08, 2014
At a press conference at the Bangkok Motor Show, Suzuki announced that the new Celerio model will be produced in Thailand, and will be available in Europe from the second half of 2014.

The Rayong factory was opened in March 2012 and produced the Swift model, and now a second plant will be built at Celerio. Beginning in May 2014, the Celerio will be made ​​for the Thai domestic market, and later following that, it will begin production of models that meet European specifications.
They will be shipped to the Old Continent during the second half of 2014. The Celerio is the current A-Star (or Suzuki Alto) successor in Europe.

Suzuki decided to produce the Celerio model with European specifications in Thailand, given the production capacity of the plant in Rayong and the variety of specifications in the various regions where the model will be sold.

The Celerio was premiered at the Delhi Auto Expo this year and has already started production and sales in India, where it was received very well due to its excellent qualities. Despite its compact dimensions, the Celerio manages to offer a generous interior space and the biggest capacity of the class, 254 liters.

The Celerio model looks like this in Thailand: a 5-speed manual CVT gearbox mated to a 1.0-liter unit, with 3 cylinders and 12 valves that makes 67 hp at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. The hatchback is marked as an Eco car, and carries the same K10B engine as in India.

As far as sizes go, the Thai Celerio is the same as the Indian one, measuring 3,600 mm in length, 1,600 mm in width, 1,540 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,425 mm.

The Suzuki Celerio with European specifications comes with a new engine with a K10C dual-injection system which combined with the light weight of the car and improved aerodynamics, provides a level of CO2 emissions of just 85g / km, the lowest in its class.

According to Financial Express, from April - June of this year, Maruti will stop exporting cars to Europe. The last batch of about 15,000 European A-Star units (known in Europe as the Suzuki Alto) will leave India in the next quarter, after which Maruti will stop its European exports at least until September 2015.

In Thailand, the factory in which the Suzuki Celerio will be made works in accordance with the Euro 5 standards emissions, and will comply with current European legislations. The Celerio made ​​in India, however, operates under the old Euro 4 specs (BS4) and therefore cannot be sold in Europe.

Also, there are indications that point in the direction of other markets on which the model can find a home, like in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America.
Recently, at the Alger Auto Show, Suzuki announced the release of the Ertiga MPV model, and it is quite likely that Maruti will export the Ertiga to this African destination.
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