India To Export Locally Assembled Maruti Suzuki Baleno To Japan

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India has started to export new Maruti Suzuki Baleno to Japan after its successful launch in the domestic market. The new vehicle was launched in India on the 26th of October last year. Since then, Maruti Suzuki Baleno has received 70,000 orders for bookings and the waiting period for Maruti Baleno is around six months if you book your car today. Maruti Suzuki India was looking forward to expanding its production limit to not only supply the highly successful car in its domestic market but also export it.

Now it seems Maruti Suzuki Baleno has found its way to Japan, the home country of Suzuki Motor Company. The first batch has been taken to a port in Gujarat and will be shipped to Japan. This is the first time Japanese are importing otherwise a domestic car assembled in another country.

Related: 2016 Suzuki Baleno Becomes A Huge Success In India

As far the export version Maruti Suzuki Baleno specifications are concerned, the car will be available with two engine options. First one is a 1.0-liter Boosterjet engine rated at 110 bhp and 170 N.m of torque. The second is a 1.2-liter Dualjet engine equipped with SHVS (hybrid) technology. SHVS stands for Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki. Both cars will be available with the option of either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed auto gearbox.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Dashboard
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Dashboard

Maruti Suzuki is planning to export the new Suzuki Baleno to around 100 countries. There is also going to be a sportier version of Maruti Baleno named “Maruti Baleno RS”.

It is yet to be seen whether Pak Suzuki brings this car to Pakistan or not. The Suzuki Liana was a misfire, and that segment is currently ruled by Honda City since there is no competition. And if Pak Suzuki does decide to launch the new Suzuki Baleno in Pakistan, will it be locally assembled or imported from India as well.

Pakistan currently only export a few mechanical parts and auto accessories to Sri Lanka and few African countries. Our auto industry has a long way to go.



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  1. cbing says

    Even if Paksuzuki decides to launch it via local assembling I doubt is can. Because even the knocked kits has to be inported only from India, as it is the only country as Baleno is manufactured.

  2. Yasser says

    Thats not the first time that “Japanese are importing otherwise a domestic car assembled in another country” Forth Generation Honda city was imported from Thailand and launched as Fit Aria in Japan domestic market. See the reference.
    (World of Cars 2006·2007. Warsaw, Poland: Media Connection Sp. z o.o. 2006. p. 272.)

  3. Aqeel Zia Nayyer says

    wow! finaly a 1.2ltr hybrid is coming which we can import with 0 duty 😉

  4. freedom-from-religion says

    In fact, India’s export of cars, UVs, two-wheelers and commercial vehicles have grown every year since 2000. Total exports of vehicles stood at a staggering 3.5 million units in 2014-2015, of which 551,218 are cars. Hyundai, and not Maruti Suzuki, is India’s biggest exporter. The South Korean car maker’s India unit now exports to 119 countries, shipping over 190,000 cars in 2014-15.

  5. alfa_whsky says

    No mate, that’s not how it works. Automobiles from India are on negative list and unless GoP puts them on the positive list, which is a bit far fetched thought, it cant be legally imported from India. 🙂

  6. Guest says

    Why are people discussing import or manufacture of this car in Pakistan. Historically, Pakistani audience always checks whether the looks of the car matches their taste.

    This Baleno has very Indian contours, few people will like its shape in Pakistan. Though the front end is similar to Swift, the sides and back are reminiscent of Suzuki Custom.

  7. twister286 says

    Shows how good the quality of Indian made cars is.

    Indian-made Suzuki Celerios are also exported to Australia.

  8. Aqeel Zia Nayyer says

    but its going to Japan 🙂 form there we can import them 🙂

  9. alfa_whsky says

    Sorry to dash your hopes but trans-shipment wont solve the problem as its still “made in India” 🙂

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