Maruti Suzuki which has just launched the newer version of the Swift is likely to give a facelift to the Ritz and the A Star next year.  The Ritz which is internationally known as the Splash is based on the older Swift platform and while not being a runaway success has managed to do decent numbers at the hustings.  The A Star though is a different story.  The car has been the international replacement for the Alto (the Indian Alto is therefore one generation old) and Maruti makes this car for Nissan which sells it as the Pixo with changes made to the front end.  In India however, the A Star has not taken off, surprising considering the fact that some of the design cues on the A Star have come from Indian aesthetics and the front is supposed to be the face of an elephant.  However, Maruti is known to be a stubborn company with an uncanny knack for selling cars that do not take off very well.  The present Alto and the original Wagon R were both non starters initially for the company but strong and persistent marketing turned things around and made both the cars best sellers.  The A Star though has not received that much attention from Maruti, a situation that the company will rectify, we are sure.