Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has been chosen the “Family Car of the Year 2012” by 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.
The award was received by CV Raman, Executive Director (Engineering), Maruti Suzuki from S Sandilya, President, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
Launched in April this year, Ertiga marks Maruti Suzuki’s entry into the utility vehicle segment in Indian automobile industry. Ertiga was primarily designed for urban Indian families combining the compactness, style and fuel efficiency. Ertiga also carries UV outline and under its monocoque frame lies the car DNA which makes driving Ertiga easy.
Noting Ertiga’s feature as a pioneer UV in India, the magazine said: “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 1.4 litre K-series VVT petrol engine. The diesel variant of Ertiga is powered by 1248cc DDiS VGT engine. The compact Ertiga offers flexi-seating to accommodate 5+2 people (2+3+2) and more baggage space, claimed the company.
Highlighting the grounds for choosing Ertiga, the Top Gear magazine said: “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.”
Since its launch in April this year, Ertiga has sold only 55,000 units, unlike its other versions like Swift or A-Star.