• Suzuki Kizashi - new spy shot

This is the most exciting car to come from Suzuki in a while. The Kizashi is an attractive sedan that we have high hopes will be a part of the carmaker’s U.S. lineup. From this spy shot we can see the production version will keep many of the styling cues shown by the recent Kizashi 3 concept car. The production car will likely top out with a 3.5-liter V6 unit, while the rest of the cars will come with four-cylinder engines in both gas and diesel versions (although likely gas only for the U.S.)

Suzuki has close ties with General Motors. GM currently owns only about three percent of the company, but they have many joint production agreements. If the Kizashi is as much of a winner as it looks, GM may want to try and do some of its infamous rebadging to get its hands on a good/cheap sedan. Buick Kizashi anyone?


Source: AutoCar

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Myles_Kornblatt  (169) posted on 10.30.2008

I like where your head is at, but my argument is that you can never have enough GOOD cars. Nothing brings the age demographic back from ancient (like Buick’s) than a performance sedan. The next LaCrosse should be a much better car and help with the demographics.

As for Daewoo, they are GM’s international backbone. The entire U.K. Chevrolet line is from Daewoo, and Daewoo will be one of the builders of the Cruze. But It’s not only building small cars for General Motors in Europe, its now going upmarket with cars like the Opel/Vauxhall Antara (it’s the Saturn Vue in the U.S. and that one is built in Mexico).

Also cars in the U.S. like the Chevy Aveo/Pontiac G3 are not very exciting, but at least its a fuel-efficient car. Without Daewoo and the cheaper labor in Korea, GM may not be able to have those cars.

Daewoo is so tied into GM that will likely be one of the last things sold off. You may not like Daewoo’s products but they are a necessary evil.

Myles_Kornblatt  (68) posted on 10.30.2008

Buick Kizashi? I think not. GM already has ENOUGH cars, I don’t think they need more. They should definitely eliminate some brands. Also I wonder what they are going to do with Daewoo. Daewoo built cars for Chevrolet in Europe, as well as Suzuki here in the US. But now that both companies have engineered and build their own cars, what would be the point of having Daewoo? I would think GM would first sell this company before it would sell Hummer.

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