Suzuki cars

Back in March, Maruti Suzuki reached a very important milestone when they reached their landmark of selling one million cars a year. It took them a few months, but they are ready to celebrate that milestone by releasing the "Swift One Million Edition." The Swift was specifically chosen for this honor due to the fact that the one millionth car was aSwift . The special edition will only be built in a limited number of 1000 units.

The "Swift One Million Edition" will be available in a specially created "Goldsmith Black" color with tons of features that will allow the Swift to stand out that much more. Some of the features include splendid graphics, a special integrated stereo with USB and speakers, luxurious leather seats, cushions, foot-mats, and an artistic decal on the exteriors.

"The interiors of the Swift One Million Edition have aesthetics of a commemorative edition. The new features and the characteristic body graphics together compliment the sporty character of the Swift. We are confident that this special edition will bring pride to the select owners who get to possess it."

"It is indeed a moment of pride for us. Swift One Million Edition is our gesture to show gratitude to our customers who have strongly supported us in our journey to reach milestone of one million sales in one year."

Press release after the jump.

Whoever said that land speed records are only reserved for supercars and completely modified sports cars are sadly mistaken. You will probably be surprised to know that even standard vehicles – with the proper upgrades, of course – can have their (record) time in the spotlight as well.

Take this particular Suzuki Kizashi for example. While the Kizashi model isn’t exactly the type you’d associate for a speed machine, give it a few tune-ups and upgrades and you end up with a machine that can lay waste to a land speed record.

Such was the case with this model, dubbed the Bonneville Special , which clocked an average run of 203.720 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats, breaking the previous record of 202.301 mph in the Blown Gas Coupe category in the process.

As part of the preparations to turn the Bonneville Special into a rampaging rocket, the boys of Advanced Product Engineering, led by Richard Holdener and Tom Habrzyk, put in hours of laborious work to power the Kizashi with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. They also put in the time to add a Turbonetics turbocharger, a new intake manifold, forged pistons and rods, an intercooler, and revised headers. The result of all that work is a record-breaking car that produces over 500 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque. These numbers were impressive enough to allow the Kizashi to stake claim to the land speed record of the BGC category.

Press Release after the jump

Source: Suzuki

When people think of racing, they typical don’t think of Suzuki . And if they do, it’s probably not the Kizashi that is on their mind, but a suped up race bike. Well, Suzuki wants to change all of that with their new special edition Kizashi that will compete in the Blown Gas Coupe category at Bonneville on August 14. The special edition Bonneville Kizashi gets a rigid structure, composed platform, suspension tuned on the famed Nurburgring , and available all-wheel drive system.

The car is powered by a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine that delivers 500 wheel hp at 7000 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. It also gets a new intake manifold, a tuned ’long tube’ header, forged rods and pistons, a Turbonetics turbocharger, a new 3.5-inch exhaust, and full synthetic 5W-20 racing oil from Lucas Oil. It’s main target will be to hit a top speed of 200 mph.

The Kizashi platform has been upgraded with the use of new coilovers, steel wheels seam welded, and speed-specific 15x7-inch Goodyear Front Runner rubber. An air dam has been added to reduce the air flow under the car and window straps and hood pins keep the hood and glass attached to the car. If the Suzuki Kizashi gets out of hand, there is always the parachute to bring it to an immediate stop.

UPDATE 08/19/2010: The Bonneville Special just clocked an average run of 203.720 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats, breaking the previous record of 202.301 mph in the Blown Gas Coupe category in the process!

Press release after the jump.

Suzuki UK has announced the addition of a new SZ grade for the SX4 crossover. This will provide British customers with a choice of three ‘SZ’ grades and two engine options – one diesel and one petrol.

The Suzuki SX4 SZ5 is powered by a 2.0-liter DDiS engine that offers high power and a strong torque of 320Nm at just 1,500rpm. The 2.0-liter DDiS incorporates a water cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system which is deactivated during warm up to help reduce emissions and a closed coupled diesel particulate filter (DPF) which enables more effective emission purification.

The new SX4 is also offered with a new i-AWD switchable three-mode all-wheel drive system that allows the driver to select 4WD-Auto, 4WD-Lock, and 2WD modes to suit driving conditions, giving excellent traction on low grip surfaces.

Press release after the jump.

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There are certain vehicles that just sell well. Take the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry for instance. No matter what happens or how good the competition is, these two will sell well for their companies. We’re not saying that there is anything wrong with these two models, except for the Camry, which is dull as a dishwasher, but a buyer needs to look at what else is on the table. The first choice might not be the best choice.

In many cases, the cars that are often ignored are the better buys. These are the dark horses of the automotive world. These are cars that fly under the radar of the American public.

Below are our ten best cars that aren’t quite known to the general public. Sure, us car people know about them, but your average consumer might be unaware. This list is not a top ten; so don’t think that one is better than ten, because it might not be.

There are a few models on the list that won’t be under the radar for long, but as of now, we still consider them dark horse models.

Hit the jump to see the list.

Suzuki UK unveiled today a new special edition for the UK market. The new Alto SZ-L will go on sale this week and will be limited to just 500 units. It comes standard with air conditioning; pollen filter and side airbags; front fog lamps and various exterior and interior upgrades. It will carry a price tag of £8,170.

The new edition is based on the SZ3 mid grade model and is distinguished by stylish new design wheel caps, black fog lamp surrounds and black ‘B’ pillar trims as well as SZ-L embossed tailgate trim and black side mouldings for extra protection when parked. SZ-L is available in either Superior White or Bright Red non metallic colors.

On the interior the new Alto SZ-L gets SZ-L carpet mats; silver colored trim for gearshift knob, side ventilation louvers, door openers, heater control, gear lever and door handle surrounds with SZ-L individual theme.

Press release after the jump.

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In a smart move by Volkswagen , the company is taking advantage of its partnership with Suzuki . They haven’t been together long, but the German automaker is looking to create a new crossover that will fall below the Tiguan . Late last year, VW purchased a 19.9 percent stake in Suzuki.

As we reported a week ago, VW is looking to be the largest automaker in the world by 2018. The company is currently working on a new crossover model that will fill the void below the hard to pronounce Tiguan.

Inside sources in Germany have reported that the company is using its partnership with Suzuki, using the SX4 platform on their new vehicle. Like the current SX4, the VW version should have all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. Power should come from a 1.6-liter diesel with 105 horsepower or a 1.2-liter petrol motor.

We hope that VW ships their new crossover to the United States, but as for now, we are in the dark. If the vehicle does make it to our shores, it could prove to be very beneficial for both parties. The VW connection could help Suzuki sales and for VW, the new crossover would help them compete in the newly created, small crossover segment with Mini and Audi .

The new VW crossover could be here as early as 2013 and if we compare notes for a minute, we could see the similarities between this report and our previous report on the Rocktan SUV . This report spoke of a VW/Suzuki collaboration based on the SX4 and placed under the Tiguan. These similarities lead us to believe that this new CUV is indeed the Rocktan and should cost under 20,000 Euros upon its release.

Source: Autozeitung

We’re guessing this isn’t the kind of start Suzuki was expecting with their new Kizashi sedan. Barely a year after the car was launched; it’s already facing its first recall issues. Not good. Not good, at all.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 5,701 Kizashi sedans – those that were manufactured from October 13, 2009 through May 31, 2010 - are poised to be recalled over issues with the center-lower glove box on the dashboard, which as it turns out, may open in the event of a crash possibly causing a potentially serious injury if it hits any of the front passengers.

The Kizashi recall is expected to begin sometime in the middle of July at which time Suzuki will be replacing the part in question at no cost to the car owners. In the event that you have a Kizashi sitting in your garage all nice and new, you might want to err on the side of caution and give Suzuki a call at 1-714-996-7040.

Source: NHTSA
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A few weeks ago we took a trip to a local bar to watch our hometown baseball team, the Cleveland Indians. Normally we would just go to the game because the tickets are pretty cheap, but even $5 is a bit much to watch a team that really stinks.

Going into the game it was hard to get excited because we have won very few games and are in last place in the division, so needless to say, we weren’t expecting a whole lot. Amazingly though, the team did pretty well and even won the game.

It wasn’t easy for them, but it was determination that brought them a well deserved win. The same can be said for Suzuki . It’s been quite some time since they have been anything to write home about, but after years of hard work and staying under the radar, they finally have a winner on their hands.

The 2010 Suzuki Kizashi was one of those cars where you never quite knew what to expect. Sure, people have written that it was good and a step in the right direction for the company, but, like buying a generic brand cereal, you never want to believe the hype no matter what they tell you or how good it might be.

Hit the jump for the rest of the review.

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The car that everybody simply loves is upon us. The new Suzuki Swift supermini will be ready soon and, for your enjoyment, we have a few new details and photos, including the first shots of the interior.

There aren’t many exterior design changes to speak of, but the interior gets some of the cues from the Kizashi , which we will be reviewing this month. There are new LCD displays, new switchgear, and metallic accents.

Suzuki has also confirmed to Autocar that there will be a Sport version of the Swift and it is highly probable that it will get the current 1.6-liter motor.

The Swift gains a few inches this year, as the wheelbase has grown by 50mm and the overall length increases by 90mm. Luckily, despite the size increase the weight is down. The body is lighter and stiffer than before and the front and rear tracks are 10mm and 5mm wider.

For the car’s launch there will be a 1.2-liter petrol engine that will produce 92 horsepower and 87 pound-feet of torque. This new motor will be replacing the old 1.3 and, despite the loss of .1 of a liter, this new engine is more powerful. A manual gearbox will be standard with an automatic as an option.

Fuel economy is around 56.5 miles per gallon, an improvement of 7.8 miles over the last motor. The Swift will emit about 116 grams of CO2 per kilometer. There will also be a 1.3 diesel that will be able to get 67.3 mpg. That will be ready by early 2011.

We think that the new Swift will cost around £11,000 but that is just a guess at this point.

We’ll keep you posted on any further details that become available.

Source: Autocar

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