The Suzuki Maruti Alto and Alto K10 set a new average fuel consumption record of 27.8 Km/L at the Suzuki Maruti Economy Rally 2011 held on 11 September 2011 at AMW Suzuki Maruti show room premises.
The Rally, organised by AMW and conducted by the Ceylon Motor Sports Club (CMSC) – which is affiliated to FIA in Paris, for the second time, was a novel concept in Sri Lanka, designed to reward the thriftiest driver who saved the most amount of fuel. The entire competition had to adhere to strict rules of fairness.
Rules of the competition together with special safety and fuel saving techniques were explained to the contestants four days prior to the rally.
Additionally the select contestants were compulsorily made to subject their beloved Alto Lxi, Alto Sportz, Special Edition and Alto K10s vehicles to the strict scrutinising by CMSC officials and AMW technical staff one day prior to the event. Vehicle conditions were checked and a security seals placed on the fuel tank, rear doors and bonnet after filling it up with specific fuel quantity. Furthermore the route map and details which took contestants across smooth tar, gravel roads as well as congested suburbs and a set of small hills was handed over to the contestants only 30 minutes prior to the start.
“Fuel cost and the environment is two major issues faced by the public today” and this rally emphasises the benefit to choose the fuel efficient Suzuki Maruti range of vehicles when buying a car. The records set by the Alto & K10 clearly highlight Suzuki Maruti’s image of being one of the best fuel efficient cars on our roads.
L. N. Wanniarachchi and C. D. Bakmiwewa, winners of the Alto and Alto K10 categories respectively, walked off with the two grand prizes of Rs. 50,000 while the second and third place received Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 10,000 respectively. Other participants received special gifts and certificates courtesy of AMW and sponsors.
“Our appreciation and gratitude go towards CMSC and our sponsors Srilanka Insurance, Capital Leasing, Magic cars, Wurth Lanka, Castrol lubricants and Gilbert & Company, and the Suzuki Maruti Owners who made the event possible,” said General Manager – Suzuki & Suzuki Maruti, Virann De Zoysa.