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 Suzuki Alto
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The Alto was a functional minicar with a simple style that was sold only in one grade. Its affordability (470,000 yen) and clear focus on practicality made it a hit with customers. It used a front-engine, front-wheel drive setup, and featured a 2-stroke 3-cylinder engine with a displacement of 539 cc.
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Storage location:SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION (300, Takatsuka-cho, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka-ken 432-8611)
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Year manufactured:1979
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Manufacturer:Suzuki Motor Corporation
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Classification:Mass-production vehicle
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Current status:On public display: operational
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Vehicle name / Manufacture
Vehicle name:Suzuki
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Model name:Suzuki Alto
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Company name:Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd.
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Year manufactured:1979
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Vehicle type/usage:Mini commercial vehicle
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Location of actual vehicle/replica:Suzuki Motor Corporation
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Model / Weight
Style:Bonnet type van
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Number of doors:3
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Passenger capacity:2 (4)
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Vehicle weight:545 kgf
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Points of interest, topicality:Low price of 470,000 yen
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Body / Size
Structure:Steel sheets (monocoque)
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Bumpers:Provided
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Step:None
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Overall length:3195 mm
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Overall width:1395 mm
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Overall height:1335 mm
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Tire size:5.00-10
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Front axle:Strut
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Rear axle:Rigid
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Wheelbase:2150 mm
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Front tread x rear tread:1215×1170 mm
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Vehicle height adjustment:None
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Steering:Round steering wheel
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Dampers:Provided
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Stabilizer:Front only
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Driving stability devices:None
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Engine / Size / Power
Cooling/cylinder arrangement:Water-cooled/lateral inline 3-cylinder
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Valve train:Combination of piston valve and reed valve
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Carburetor:Provided
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Bore x stroke:61.0×61.5 mm
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Displacement:0.539 L
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Ignition system:Battery ignition
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Max. power/r.p.m.:28 ps/5500 rpm
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Exhaust emissions treatment:None
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Supercharger:None
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Variable ignition system:None
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Fuel tank capacity:27 L
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Hybrid
Hybrid system type:None
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Drive-train
Transmission:MT4
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Drive system:FF
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Performance
Mode fuel efficiency:-
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