The Suzuki Baleno, the Ignis subcompact crossover and the Ford Figo a.k.a. Ka+ have been nominated for the 2017 World Car of the Year Awards. The cars will challenge each other in the ‘2017 World Urban Car’ category, along with other nominees like – BMW i3, Citrone’s C3 and E-Mehari and Smart Brabus Range.
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For the Urban Car category, the car should qualify as less than four meters in length with everyday practicality in an urban environment and should be on sale in two continents by the end of fiscal.
While the Baleno measures 3.99m, the Ignis measures at 3.70mm qualifying for the judging. Apart from these two cars under the category, BMW i3, Citroen C3, and E-Mehari and Ford KA+ (Figo) are in the race for the top honour.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno was launched in India in 2015. In length it measures to 3,995mm. It is the first Suzuki car which is being exclusively made only in India and exported to the world, including Japan and Europe, reports rushlane.com.
Produced at the company plant in Manesar near Gurgaon, Maruti Suzuki India exports the Baleno to over 100 countries around the world.