Alto singed in fuel fight

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

THE fuel econ­omy fight be­tween the diesel and hy­brid camps in Aus­tralian motoring has moved to a new front. This time Suzuki has been drawn into the bat­tle.

Toy­ota andBMWhave been fight­ing for months over the rel­a­tive ben­e­fits of diesel and hy­brid cars, and every­one from Fiat to Volk­swa­gen is trum­pet­ing the strengths of diesel. But no one at Suzuki ex­pected to be caught in the cross­fire. But it has hap­pened. Toy­ota forced Suzuki to change the ad­ver­tis­ing for its new baby Alto to pro­tect the po­si­tion of its new Prius, which I have test driven for to­day’s cars­Guide (Page 40).

In­dus­try in­sid­ers say the change is only mi­nor, but Suzuki was forced to al­ter its tout­ing of ‘‘Aus­tralia’s most fuel-ef­fi­cient petrol car’’ to ’‘Aus­tralia’s most fuel-ef­fi­cient non-hy­brid petrol car’’ af­ter a com­plaint by Toy­ota Aus­tralia.

Iron­i­cally, Suzuki is happy to have its $12,490 Alto com­pared with the $39,900 Prius.

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