The “Alto” badge was introduced by Suzuki in 1979 for the commercial use version of the Fronte passenger car. When introduced, the Alto was only available as a two-door “light van” and with bare-bones equipment. However, Suzuki generally did not use the “Fronte” badge in export, usually calling all versions “Alto” abroad. Most early export Altos were thus technically speaking rebadged Suzuki Frontes.
Over time, the lines between the Alto and Fronte badges became blurred, and by 1989, Suzuki dropped the Fronte badge altogether. This is the 8th generation Alto model, as introduced in 2014.
It features a bit of retro styling, and the model was even lighter and more fuel efficient than previous generations. It follows the kei car blueprint with a 658cc engine. You have a choice of three transmission: a 5 speed manual, 5 speed automatic and a CVT unit.
And, of course, there’s a performance oriented Turbo RS version too!
The Tomica model is a fine example of the current crop of Tomica models, with nice detail, excellent paint job and that lovely suspension. The opening rear hatch reveals the sturdy nature of the casting.