Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Named Family Car Of The Year

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      Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 17:58 [IST]
 

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.

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.

Family Car Of The Year 2012

The award was received by Mr CV Raman, Executive Director (Engineering), Maruti Suzuki from Mr S Sandilya, President, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

Family Car Of The Year 2012

The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga was launched in April 2012 and it is the first compact MPV in India.

Family Car Of The Year 2012

The Ertiga is compact yet spacious. With three fully functional seating rows, it can accommodate seven passengers - most suitable for a large family.

Family Car Of The Year 2012

The Ertiga is based on the same platform as the Swift and the Ritz. This helps in providing a car like drive despite its length.

Family Car Of The Year 2012

The front row of the Ertiga has two pilot seats. There is sufficient leg room and head room.

Family Car Of The Year 2012

The second row of the Ertiga too is not cramped. The central arm rest can be moved back to allow three people to sit comfortably.

Family Car Of The Year 2012

This third row in the Ertiga makes it the 7-seater it is. The third bench seat is comfortable and there is sufficient lead room. It can be bent forward when not in use to increase luggage space.

Family Car Of The Year 2012

The narrow A-Pillar provides maximum visibility. The interior is finished tastefully.

Family Car Of The Year 2012

The Ertiga has emerged as one of the top selling MPVs in the country within months of its launch thanks to its affordable price, space and punchy performance.

The award was received by Mr CV Raman, Executive Director (Engineering), Maruti Suzuki from Mr S Sandilya, President, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

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."

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Story first published:  Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 14:56 [IST]
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