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Although not the best looking and most practical car out there, the Suzuki Swift has been a popular choice in some European market thanks to its affordable sticker and cheap maintenance. It has fallen a bit too far behind the competition in recent years, but the new-generation Swift that just made its European debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show should put Suzuki back on the map in the challenging subcompact hatchback segment.
As we learned back in December 2016 when the car made its global debut in Japan, the new Swift is a big step forward in terms of styling, following in the footsteps for the similarly sized Baleno. The hatchback also rides on new underpinnings that are about 15 percent lighter and provide better driving dynamics and help improve fuel economy.
The dated styling of the previous Swift is finally gone, replaced by modern features and an overall sportier stance. The smaller headlamps, the larger grille, and the dynamic looking front bumper give the Swift a front fascia that can stand out next to any other competitor in this segment. Although simple, the rear section feels fresh and practical at the same time, with the wider tailgate providing easier access to the trunk.
The cabin is also a big improvement over the previous design. The larger infotainment screen, the round A/C vents and the sportier instrument cluster make the Swift a nice place to spend time in. Tech includes a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay connectivity, maps, music, and USB port.
As usual, motivation is provided by small-displacement engines, starting with the 1.2-liter Dualijet rated at 89 horsepower and 89 pound-feet. The 1.0-liter, three-cylinder Boosterjet with 109 horses and 125 pound-feet is available in the more expensive trims. Just like the Baleno, the Swift uses the SHVS mild hybrid system with lower emissions. Suzuki also introduced a revised version of its AllGrip Auto four-wheel-drive system, which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling.
Pricing is not yet available, but the new Swift goes on sale in the U.K. on June 1st.
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It’s been just a few days since the Renault-Nissan Alliance revealed that it’s about to buy an important share in Mitsubishi and include the brand in their partnership, and yet another possible cooperation has been announced. Specifically, Toyota and Suzuki unveiled that they have agreed to start “exploring ideas that are directed towards a business partnership.”
Both brands state that a collaboration may help them solve their respective challenges, as well as well as catch up with other alliances when it comes to standardization and sharing of know-how and technology. Toyota and Suzuki also claim that they will be open to other companies regarding this collaboration idea. What’s more, both companies said that they will continue to compete with each other in a “fair and independent manner.” On the other hand, neither automaker said when this possible cooperation might come into effect.
“As the environment which surrounds the automobile industry has been changing drastically, we need to have the ability to respond to changes in order to survive. In addition to the R&D which each company is working on individually, it is very important now to have partners who share the same goal and passion,” said Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota, while Suzuki chairman Osamu Suzuki also confirmed that talks are already underway.
One of the larger automakers in the world, Toyota current owns a majority stake in Daihatsu and Hino Motors, as well as significant shares of Fuji Heavy Industries, owner of Subaru, and Isuzu. The Japanese company has local joint ventures with FAW, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, and Guangzhou Automobile Group. Suzuki, on the other hand, owns more than 50 percent of Maruti Suzuki and has joint ventures with Chongqing and Jiangxi in China. It also has assembly contracts with Fiat Chrysler Automobile, Mazda, and Nissan in Europe and Asia.
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Introduced in 2000 as the Suzuki Ignis, the Swift was redesigned in 2004 and again in 2010 when the familiar third-generation model was launched. In 2017, the Swift passed into its fourth generation and received the company’s brand-new design language, which debuted on the Baleno hatchback. The redesigned Swift was launched in Japan in late December 2016 and made its European debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.
For many years, Suzuki has been surviving on the European market with just four nameplates, the Swift hatchback and the Jimny, Vitara, and SX4 crossovers. In 2015, the Japanese added two more vehicles to its stable. The Ignis name was revived for a crossover similar to the Jimny, while the Baleno was conceived to compete in the subcompact market dominated by the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta. Once it gained access to new niches, Suzuki turned its attention to the Swift, one of its best-selling models in Europe.
Much like the Baleno, the new Swift is a big step forward in terms of styling. Unlike the third-gen car, which was a mildly revised version of the second-gen model, the new Swift boasts a new design language. In short, Suzuki finally dropped the styling cues it introduced all the way back in 2004 and moved the hatchback into the 21st century design-wise.
The new Swift also rides on new underpinnings. Shared with the Baleno, the platform is about 15 percent lighter and increases body rigidity by about ten percent. The new platform should provide better driving dynamics and help the hatchback return improved fuel economy, a decisive factor in this highly contested niche.
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It’s not a secret that the U.S. and Europe of some pretty strict safety regulations for vehicles, but there are other markets that have very low or even non-existent safety regulations for cars. One such market is the Indian market, where new car safety standards are minimal at best, with Global NCAP calling them “Clearly sub-standard” in a recent media release. And that brings me to our conversation today – the five Indian-market vehicles from Renault, Maruti-Suzuki, Mahindra, and Hyundai that recently failed Global NCAP testing.
See, in the Indian Market, airbags aren’t required, and up until October of 2017, front and side impact testing isn’t a requirement for new cars on the market. Talk about driving blind, right? Safety structures that are designed to crumple in certain areas help to eliminate injury to front adult passengers, but that clearly isn’t enough protection – especially for a market where driver’s like to do interesting stunts like drive on two wheels while rotating tires (don’t act like you haven’t seen at least one of those videos that have gone viral in the past.)
These failures in safety aren’t exactly a new problem, as Indian-market cars have been disappointing on that front for a while, but we decided to take a look at all of the videos anyway. Continue reading to the crash test videos for each Indian model that was tested, and be happy that you weren’t the test dummy.
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For many years, Suzuki has been surviving on the European market with just four nameplates, the Swift hatchback and the Jimny, Vitara, and SX4 crossovers. In 2015, the Japanese added two more vehicles to its stable. The Ignis name was revived for a crossover similar to the Jimny, while the Baleno was conceived to compete in the subcompact market dominated by the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta. Now that it has gained access to new niches, Suzuki is focusing the Swift, one of its best-selling models in Europe. The four-generation hatchback is set to arrive for the 2017 model year and the first prototype has already been spotted on public roads.
The spy shots come two weeks after the first renderings for the new supermini leaked at a dealer conference and confirm that the new Swift will feature an evolutionary design rather than a new styling language. However, the platform underneath is brand-new. Shared with the Baleno, the underpinnings are about 15 percent lighter and increase body rigidity by about ten percent. The new platform should provide better driving dynamics and help the hatchback return improved fuel economy, a decisive factor in this highly contested niche.
A public unveiling is reportedly scheduled to take place at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October, with sales to commence in the first half of 2017. Until that happens, keep reading to find out what we already know about the upcoming Swift.
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2016 Geneva Motor Show will see the debut of the production version of the Suzuki Baleno sedan, featuring what they call BOOSTERJET engine which is not what you think, but sounds cool nonetheless. The Baleno looks rather peculiar, but it seems to be a pretty good compact sedan.
To be launched in Europe in June, the 2017 Suzuki Baleno is pitched as boasting “elegant and powerful design, a spacious cabin and luggage space plus a host of new technologies.” That’s all well and good, but if we’re honest it has the kind of design that takes a bit of getting used to. Still, given that it belongs to a class where value for money is foremost quality in the buyer’s mind, that shouldn’t too hard.
Among the main highlights of the Suzuki Baleno there is the 1.0-litre direct-injection turbo BOOSTERJET engine, and 1.2-litre SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) which features an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) connected to a Lithium ion Battery, and a new lightweight platform. Suzuki says this combination results in a “fun yet fuel efficient driving experience.” The sedan also comes with the latest technologies in terms of gadgets and gizmos. So all in all, not a bad effort at all.
The new-look Vitara SUV researched such a warm welcome in the UK market that Suzuki decided to take advantage of the momentum and sell more cars by launching a more appealing version. The 2016 Suzuki Vitara S will go on sale in January next year, boasting sporty looks and extra equipment.
The main visual highlights of the Suzuki Vitara S include 17-inch Gloss black alloy wheels, unique grille design, satin silver door mirrors, LED Headlamps with red projector covers, rear upper spoiler and black side body mouldings. You can order the car in Bright Red (solid), and Cool White Pearl, Galactic Grey or Cosmic Black (metallic).
Inside the cabin the S variant comes with red interior stitching and accents for air conditioning vent and instruments and aluminium alloy pedals. Equipment-wise, the standard kit includes seven airbags, alloy wheels, DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control with speed limiter, auto air conditioning and front and rear electric windows.
Another first, and a trump card, for the Suzuki Vitara S is its new BOOSTERJET 1.4-litre Direct Injection turbocharged engine with compact turbo charger attached directly to the cylinder head as well as incorporating the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head casting. It makes 140PS and 220Nm of torque resulting in a 0-60 time of 10.2 seconds and a top speed of 124mph.
Priced at £20,899 for manual and £22,249for automatic version, the Viatara S has a combined fuel consumption of 52.3mpg corresponding to CO2 emissions of 127g/km (manual gearbox).
Suzuki unveiled two concept cars at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the 2015 Suzuki IK-2 and the 2015 Suzuki IM-4, which previewed a subcompact hatchback and a mini crossover, respectively. While the IK-2 has already made its debut in production form as the 2016 Suzuki Baleno, the IM-4 is still under development, albeit in its final stages, as an official debut has been announced for the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October.
Confirmed to hit the market with an Ignis badge, the new crossover if part of Suzuki’s new expansion plan to include six models by the end of the decade. Originally believed to have been developed to replace the aging Jimny, the Ignis will have its own place in the Suzuki lineup, as the Jimny is slated to hang around until 2018, when it will be replaced by a redesigned model.
Granted, the Jimny and the Ignis are very similar in size, but it’s not surprising that Suzuki will sell them at the same time. After all, the new Baleno is only slightly bigger than the Swift, with the two basically competing in the same niche. From the looks of things, the Ignis has set its sight on the 2013 Fiat Panda 4×4, also a competitor for the Jimny.
Updated 09/30/2015: Suzuki announced its new compact car will be in fact called “Ignis” and it will be unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
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Suzuki unveiled two concept cars at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the 2015 Suzuki IK-2 and the 2015 Suzuki IM-4, which previewed a subcompact hatchback and a mini crossover, respectively. While the IK-2 has already made its debut in production form as the 2016 Suzuki Baleno, the IM-4 is still under development with no word as to when it will arrive and under what name.
But thanks to a new batch of spy shots we just received from our paparazzi, we can confirm that development of the IM-4 is well underway, with a production version likely to debut in late 2016.
The IM-4, which some sources claim could hit the market with an Ignis badge, is part of Suzuki’s new expansion plan to include six models by the end of the decade. Originally believed to have been developed to replace the aging Jimny, the IM-4 will have its own place in the Suzuki lineup, as the Jimny is slated to hang around until 2018, when it will be replaced by a redesigned model.
Granted, the Jimny and the IM-4 are very similar in size, but it’s not surprising that Suzuki will sell them at the same time. After all, the new Baleno is only slightly bigger than the Swift, with the two basically competing in the same niche. From the looks of things, the IM-4 (or whatever its name will be) has set its sight on the 2013 Fiat Panda 4×4, also a competitor for the Jimny.
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At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show Suzuki will unveil an all-new compact hatchback called Suzuki Baleno. Building on the success of the company’s small models of the past, the Baleno promises to raise the bar for hatchbacks everywhere.
While full details of the new Suzuki Baleno are yet to be revealed, the Japanese company tells us it is the kind of car that delivers much greater value than its size might suggest. Small Suzukis always have. Where we stop agreeing with them is when they say the Baleno has “an elegant and powerful design.” It really doesn’t. At best, it looks average.
Style might not be the main area of excellence for Suzuki Baleno, but the car has enough substance to make up for it. Built upon a brand-new lightweight platform, the compact car features a 1.0-litre direct-injection turbo BOOSTERJET engine, and SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) featuring engine assist by an integrated starter generator. These are not common stuff in this class.
In short then, the Baleno, when it launches in Europe next summer, will offer its customers a practical, efficient, and extremely well-built package that lacks in charm and charisma, but makes up for it with sheer hard and honest work.
Suzuki introduced two new concept cars at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show: the 2015 Suzuki iM-4, which previewed a mini SUV, and the 2015 Suzuki iK-2, which provided a sneak peek of a new subcompact hatchback (supermini) for the European market. With the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show upon us, the carmaker announced that the production version of the iK-2 concept is set to make its global debut in Germany using the Baleno name.
Described as a vehicle that “harmoniously combines stylish design, spacious interior, and new technologies,” the Baleno borrows heavily from the concept car, but also uses several styling features seen on the Swift. As for the Baleno moniker, it’s not exactly new. Suzuki is actually reviving a name it used for a compact car it produced between 1995 and 2007. Sold with this name in Asia, Australia, and Europe, the Baleno was launched as the Cultus Crescent (later renamed Cultus) in Japan and marketed as the Esteem in North America. The original Baleno was offered as a three-door hatchback, four-door sedan and station wagon. In some markets, it was sold with Maruti and Chevrolet badges.
As hinted by the concept car, the Baleno is Suzuki’s answer to the Volskwagen Polo and Ford Fiesta, the hatchbacks that currently dominate the subcompact segment in Europe. The new five-door is set to go on sale in the spring of 2016.
Updated 09/17/2015: The new Suzuki Baleno made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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Debuting at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show alongside the iM-4 crossover, the Suzuki iK-2 is apparently previewing a more upscale brother to the Swift. Unlike the iM-4, which gives a foretaste of a mini crossover that could become a successor to the Suzuki Jimny, the iK-2 is aimed at a more crowded segment that is currently being led by the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta in Europe. Sure, the Swift is already somewhat competing against those, but the production version of the iK-2 would be slightly larger and a bit more upmarket in both features and pricing.
Most reports are already suggesting that the concept is almost production-ready, with the European version to be built in Hungary, while the Asian version would be sold under the Maruti brand in India. Countries like Japan, Thailand and Malaysia would also get similar versions.
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With the Suzuki Jimny being a bit long in the tooth and the crossover and SUV market booming in recent years, the Japanese carmaker decided to bring a funky-looking supermini crossover to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Called iM-4, the concept was shown alongside the iK-2 supermini, both featuring a new Suzuki platform.
Unlike the lionhearted Jimny, whose current generation is heading toward its 20th birthday in 2018, the iM-4 Concept is a lot less rugged- and more urban-looking, not to mention that it features five doors instead of just three. With a “love it or hate it” exterior design that harks back to Kei cars like the Suzuki Fronte Coupé and the first-generation Cervo, the model could make quite a splash in the segment if it gets produced with a similar look.
Updated 03/03/2015: Suzuki iM-4 concept car made its world debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It features a new-generation platform and a SHVS mild hybrid system.
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