Auto Expo 2010: Maruti Suzuki on the ball

Not to be left behind, Maruti Suzuki – probably the world's biggest seller of small cars – had its own range. It showcased the RIII MPV Concept, the SX4 hybrid, the SX4 hatchback Concept, and the Kizashi, as well as the Eeco – which was first shown today.

The company plans to launch the Kizashi sedan – one of the Japanese parent's best-selling cars, internationally priced around $30,000 – this year. It will be imported as a completely built unit, so the Indian price may be well over Rs30 lakh.

Maruti also said it is considering bringing in Volkswagen diesel engines to power the SX4, believeing that the 1.3 multijet engine currently used isn't the right powerplant for the car. ''We believe a more powerful version of the 1.4 TDI or the 1.6 TDI that is being used in Europe could very well be the engine of choice,'' said an official at the Maruti pavilion.