Minivans are not often thought of as being particularly cool. The result has been a decline in sales as the many image-conscious parents out there flock to crossovers instead. As a result, minivan concept vehicles are often completely bonkers, as carmakers clearly hope that going so far in the other direction will inspire buyers to reconsider the segment. It never really seems to work but it’s hugely entertaining to watch, and the new Air Triser concept from Suzuki exemplifies everything that makes wacky minivan concepts so great.
The concept is being unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, as a part of the “Suzuki Next 100” theme for the carmaker’s booth. Since Suzuki’s 100th anniversary is coming up in 2020, it is using this opportunity to show off a bit of what is said to make up the lineup for the outset of the next 100 years. The concepts are therefore wild and futuristic, although they are simultaneously retro in their design. This is seen especially in the front fascia of the Air Triser. But unlike the Mighty Deck concept, which is clearly just an updated version of the Mighty Boy kei car, the Air Triser isn’t made to look like anything specific from Suzuki’s past.
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The Tokyo Motor Show is one of the more entertaining in the automotive world. The show concentrates primarily on the Japanese domestic market, so although the cars shown there might not be especially relevant to the rest of the world, they are a great way to see something different from the kinds of concepts that we’ll be seeing, say, at the Detroit Auto Show. We also get to see some cars from manufacturers that sell cars in North America, of which Suzuki is now one. The carmaker will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020, and it brought a handful of concepts to the Tokyo show what is planned for the next 100 years.
One of these is the Mighty Deck concept, a utilitarian supermini named for its useful, if quite small, rear deck. The name and design of the car are heavily influenced by the old Suzuki Mighty Boy, a hilariously named kei car built from 1983 to 1988. The design was updated, and a substantial amount of wood was added inside and out, but it is obvious where the idea came from. The Mighty Boy was never a huge success, hence the short production life, but there was a charm to it, and in turn to the new Mighty Deck.
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Discontinued in 2008 after only eight years in production, the Suzuki Ignis is about to make as a more modern mini SUV. Previewed by the IM-4 concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the production model will make its official debut at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show in October. Although Suzuki released a handful of photos of the new crossover, official details are still in the vault. However, the Japanese have already prepared a new concept car based on the Ignis, which will also be showcased in Tokyo in less than a month.
Dubbed Ignis Trail, the concept "expands upon the Ignis concept of urban and outdoor versatility by offering even greater rough-road ruggedness." In other words, it’s a more off-road capable version of the Ignis that, if put into production, will allow drivers to tackle more than just the potholes of crowded city streets.
Suzuki didn’t say whether it plans to put the Ignis Trail in production, but if it does, it might have what it takes to give the Jeep Renegade a run for its money. We should find out more at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show so make sure you stick around for details. Meanwhile, check out my speculative review below.
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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, 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 4x4, 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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The 2013 SEMA Show bursting at the seams with wildly styled cars for the American market, and the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show seems to be doing the same for the Asian market. Suzuki seems to be the automaker leading the charge in wild concepts heading to Tokyo show.
The second concept car developed by Suzuki for the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show is the Crosshiker. This concept carries on where the G70 — a concept unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show — left off. Just like the G70, the new Crosshiker is a concept vehicle that focuses on weight reduction and highly-efficient powertrains.
The new Crosshiker, just like a large number of other Suzuki concepts hitting the show floor in Tokyo, is part of the company’s new "Let’s Create a Brand New Story" theme, and is based on the "Small Cars for a Big Future" slogan.
The Crosshiker is the perfect proof that Suzuki is serious about developing the small car of the future, as it is a compact crossover that weights only 810 kg (1,785 pounds). It also features a sleek body to allow air to flow easily over it, keeping drag to a minimum.
Under the hood of the Crosshiker sits an all-new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine that would likely make a smart fortwo puff out its chest. This petite powerplant, according to Suzuki, "strikes a good balance between power and environmental performance."
Sure, it’ll never see a showroom floor, but it shows that Suzuki, which recently pulled its automobiles from the U.S. market, still has a little fight left in it.
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Suzuki’s line-up of cars that will be displayed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show strongly suggests the direction these guys are planning to go: "Let’s do away with the high-performance and focus on future global compact cars!"
One of the models that’s scheduled to be in attendance is the Suzuki Regina Concept, a lightweight minicar that Suzuki is promoting as a future city-dweller. The Regina’s exterior design hints at the green initiative the company going for. The Lime Green paint finish is a pretty strong indication of that, as is the the overall shape of the car that makes it look like a turtle.
All joking aside, the set-up is pretty cool, especially the contrasting white roof that adds a touch of flavor to the car without being a little too flashy. Apparently, the Regina Concept also has small rear view cameras tucked into the rear and semi-covered rear wheels that are made possible by the odd crease lines on the body panels.
Inside, the Regina Concept also carries the same two-color finish of the exterior, which, when combined to the dark grey surfaces, adds a serene and earthy tone. There’s not much to go around inside, which might suggest a minimalistic approach from Suzuki. All you can really take from it is that it’s got a 2+2 seating configuration and a seemingly out-of-place steering wheel, a tilted center-mounted display that appears to be transparent, and pixelated patterns on the seats and floor mats.
More details about the Regina Concept will be revealed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show so be sure to be around when that happens in December!
Over the past few years, the Tokyo Motor Show has been kind of a dud because of a number circumstances beyond its control. This year promises to be different and a number of automakers have already previewed some very interesting concepts that will debut in Tokyo next month.
One of these brands is Suzuki, the local Japanese automaker that’s set to preview its new urban vehicle, the Q-Concept.
Described as a new kind of mobility solution, the Q Concept is a tiny 1+1 urban car that can be transformed with two small rear seats that can be completely taken off to accommodate for a larger cargo space in the rear. The Q Concept is replete with unique features, highlighted by a pair of circular doors that open by swiveling around the front-positioned pivot point. Then there’s the rear side window, which has been contoured, forming a panel that slides up and to the rear, providing access to the rear seat.
And we haven’t even gotten to the exterior finish of the car; the combination of white, mixed with elements of orange, provide a spunky look to what already looks like a Jetson-type mode of transportation.
Meanwhile, the interior of the Q Concept features a panoramic windshield that extends upwards to the rood. Two lower side windows also add to the prevalent use of transparent surfaces. The dashboard of the Q Concept also speaks to the car’s circular graphic theme, while the H-shaped steering wheel and the HUD-inspired instrument panel adds plenty of technological - and concept worthy - attractions.
The Suzuki Q Concept will be fully unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, providing us a good glimpse at the future of Suzuki vehicles. Stick around for all the details when they become available!
The small Japanese automaker Suzuki premiered two new vehicles at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, the Alto concept and the Swift Plug-in Hybrid model. The Alto concept is a cute small car complete with body lines that hint at zippy performance and comes equipped with a fresh interior complete with creature comforts like large storage space that’s easier to use than ever before as well as a newly adopted keyless start system. Part of Suzuki’s forward thinking economical options, the Alto concept comes complete with a fuel saving continuously variable transmission. While the even more efficient Swift Plug in Hybrid is powered over modest distances by a battery that can be charged from your standard home electrical outlet.
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The X-HEAD is a cross utility vehicle offering a host of possibilities for people wanting to explore their world. Boasting a DNA borne of the legendary off-road capabilities of the Jimny and Grand Vitara and the load carrying capacity of the APV, X-HEAD epitomizes functional dependability and fun.
Riding the crest of a sales boom around the world, Suzuki will have a major presence at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show starting later this month. The Suzuki stand will feature a ‘Small Cars for a Big Future’ theme, reflecting the huge future possibilities envisaged by the company for compact cars. “Each of our exhibits will embody the unique spirit and technological prowess that have made Suzuki the leading name in compact car design and production,” said a Suzuki spokesperson.
Just fit for you. With unpretentiously cute styling and charming details, the Suzuki LC is a friendly mini car that’s ready to put a smile on your face. The more you experience the Suzuki LC, the more it will endear itself to you. Its charmingly styled body, mirrors, switches, and seats are all signs of a fun-loving personality.
Suzuki is proud to present the Ionis, a futuristic fuel-cell minicar offering state-of-the-art performance in terms of form and function. Seen from the outside, the Ionis conveys an image of water through its generously proportioned curves. Its cleverly designed platform allows for the fuel cell unit to be located beneath the cabin floor.