Suzuki Motor Corporation introduced the new Alto Lapin minivehicle for the Japan domestic market. The redesigned vehicle with 2WD and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) offers 24.5 km/L fuel economy (57.6 mpg US, 4.1 L/100km) on the 10-15 cycle.
Additionally, the company plans to apply CVTs throughout its minivehicle lineup, according to the Nikkei. CVTs can improve fuel economy by 10-25%.
Until now, the automaker has used CVTs only in its Cervo and Wagon R. But with consumer interest high, it has decided to install them in other models as they undergo full or partial redesigns.
Considering that Suzuki does not make CVTs in-house, it will increase procurement from Jatco Ltd., in which it took a 10% equity stake in March 2007.