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Suzuki Swift/Swift Sport / Re: Simota AeroForm II "not working"
« Last post by Neikavai on July 16, 2018, 05:41:39 PM »
When I read, I think a lot.
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Latest Suzuki News / Re: Aw, the 2019 Suzuki Jimny is so Gosh Darn Cute
« Last post by Neikavai on July 16, 2018, 05:41:26 PM »
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Latest Suzuki News / Aw, the 2019 Suzuki Jimny is so Gosh Darn Cute
« Last post by SCSG News on July 12, 2018, 07:35:08 AM »
Aw, the 2019 Suzuki Jimny is so Gosh Darn Cute

Aw, the 2019 Suzuki Jimny is so Gosh Darn CuteIf only it were bound for the US.  more
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Official images of the 2019 Suzuki Jimny have surfaced ahead of the tough little off-roader’s debut early next month.
Suzuki Global posted the images on its website this week along with a brief description of the rugged mini-SUV.
“There are places in the world only the Jimny can go,” the automaker said on its website. “Overcome muddy pits, manoeuvre through dense woods, conquer massive rocks with this small off-roader that knows what true toughness is. Chosen time and time again by those who share its spirit. The Jimny — always shaping new frontiers.”
While official details on the 2019 Jimny have yet to be released, we know the vehicle will feature a ladder type body-on-frame platform. Rumors point to a 660cc engine being offered, along with a larger 1.5-liter unit, which will be paired with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. The interior images also show a rather well-appointed cabin with a center stack touchscreen and a multi-function steering wheel. We even hear it will feature cruise control! Talk about fancy.

The 2019 Jimny will be revealed in full on July 5th. It won’t be coming to North America, which is really rather unfortunate, as we think this miniature SUV would have no trouble at all appealing to budget-minded, millennial American consumers with a penchant for the outdoors.
We’ll have full details on this sturdy and unstoppable offering when they become available, so stay tuned for more info.
[Source: Motor1]
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Latest Suzuki News / Slew of Suzuki Concept Cars Set for Tokyo Debut, O-Kei?
« Last post by SCSG News on July 12, 2018, 07:35:08 AM »
Slew of Suzuki Concept Cars Set for Tokyo Debut, O-Kei?

Slew of Suzuki Concept Cars Set for Tokyo Debut, O-Kei?These are so cute. more
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In addition to the e-Survivor, an electric off-roader with a traditional frame that draws inspiration from the brand’s Suzuki, Jimny and Vitara models, Suzuki has several other world debuts scheduled for this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

Full details haven’t been released yet, but here’s what we know now about the Japanese automaker is revealing.
Kicking things off is the Spacia Concept, a tall miniwagon in the Japanese kei-car segment. It features a roomy interior afforded by its low floor and boxy exterior. For easy access, each side features a sliding door. According to the company it, “…offers a sense of excitement and fun.”
SEE ALSO: Well, Now We Wish Suzuki Was Still Sold in North America

The Spacia Custom takes what’s offered by the Standard Spacia Concept and ups the style factor. Dressed up with a prominent grille as well as a black roof and mirror housings, it’s even more distinctive than its sibling.

Next up, the XBEE – that’s cross-bee – a small crossover-wagon that supposedly creates a whole new segment. Its spacious interior and overall packaging are borrowed from the wagon segment, while the off-road capability and tough styling are, naturally, inspired by SUVs.

The XBEE Outdoor Adventure model is designed for activities in nature, it’s aimed particularly at adults that love camping. It’s also supposedly more elegant and fun than the standard model.
SEE ALSO: 2017 Tokyo Motor Show Coverage

But that’s not all! Suzuki will also reveal a third version of this segment-redefining concept. The XBEE Street Adventure is decidedly more at home in urban areas than the great outdoors, with styling that’s bolder and more fashionable, though we’re sure the changes here are, at most, minor.

Finally, the company is also set to unveil a new version of the Carry, a kei-segment utility truck. The Carry Open-Air Market Concept may be the coolest design study set to be shown by Suzuki in Tokyo this year, simply because it’s so functional. This little pickup features additional interior space and a more user-friendly design than before. It’s ideally suited as an open-air truck or even a mobile shop, but use-cases are nearly endless.
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Latest Suzuki News / Well, Now We Wish Suzuki Was Still Sold in North America
« Last post by SCSG News on July 12, 2018, 07:35:08 AM »
Well, Now We Wish Suzuki Was Still Sold in North America

Well, Now We Wish Suzuki Was Still Sold in North AmericaCome back Suzuki, we miss you. more
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Come back Suzuki, we miss you.

Nearly five years ago, the Japanese brand announced its exit from the North American automotive market, and for many, Suzuki hasn’t been missed. But now the Japanese automaker has previewed this upcoming concept and we’re admittedly a little bummed that if it heads to production, we don’t get to play with it. Called the e-Survivor, Suzuki says it previews a future compact SUV “toward the next 100 years.”
SEE ALSO: Subaru’s New Tokyo Motor Show Concept Cars Look Pretty Legit
The concept blends the automaker’s Jimny and Vitara models into a stylish off-roader boasting a four-wheel-drive electric powertrain. It’s built on a truck-style ladder frame, making it a true SUV and not a car-based crossover.
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Other details on the concept are scarce at the moment, but expect more once it makes it debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
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Gallery: Which One of These Euro Cars Would You Bring to North America?

Gallery: Which One of These Euro Cars Would You Bring to North America?There are so many neat wagons, hot hatches and car brands that North Americans might be missing out on. more
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European auto shows are a lot of fun, mainly because we get to see all the cool (and sometimes not so cool) cars that North Americans don’t get.

Roaming the floors of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, there were a ton of little European hatches, wagons, diesels, and cars of all types not offered on our continent. North Americans don’t get a lot of cars Europeans do for a lot of reasons: Stricter North American regulations and emissions standards, wildly different tastes and needs in cars, and the fact that some automakers just don’t operate here.
ALSO SEE: Gallery: All the Cool Trucks At The Geneva Motor Show We Don’t Get
A few cars we spotted at the Geneva show that we can’t get here include a Ford Focus ST wagon, Subaru Levorg, Opel Adam, Alfa Romeo Mito and Giulietta, Suzuki Swift, and even a diesel Subaru Forester or Outback. A few automakers that don’t sell cars in North America include DS, Peugeot, Citroen, SEAT, Ssangyong, Suzuki, and Renault.
Flip through the gallery above to check out some Euro cars that North Americans can’t buy. Which ones would you like to bring to the U.S. and Canada? Let us know in the comments below!
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Latest Suzuki News / Top 10 Cars That Were Ahead of Their Time
« Last post by SCSG News on July 12, 2018, 07:35:06 AM »
Top 10 Cars That Were Ahead of Their Time

Top 10 Cars That Were Ahead of Their TimeThese cars were in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that doesn't mean they were total duds. more
            
Sometimes, it’s best not to be first.

Being the innovator of a new automotive segment can reap large rewards, assuming that the public is ready for such a revolutionary new vehicle. Chrysler scored big time in the 1980s with the minivan and Tesla has developed a devoted, near-cult like following with the brand’s range of electric vehicles.
SEE ALSO: Top 10 Cars That Don’t Get the Respect They Deserve
But not all vehicles that were ahead of their time scored sales success. Some were in the wrong place at the wrong time while others were pushing technology beyond what was available at the time. These cars may now be looked back upon fondly, but they didn’t necessarily receive the best reception when first released. They are the top 10 cars from the past 30 or so years that were a head of their time.


10. Pontiac Aztek
The Pontiac Aztek is labeled with the unfortunate reputation of being one of the ugliest vehicles ever made. But the actual concept behind the Aztek was ahead of its time by many years. A highly stylized crossover that looks rugged, yet is relatively soft and ordinary underneath the sheet metal has become the norm of the crossover world. Styling elements like the lights on top of the front fenders, a sloping rear hatchback and angled rear side windows can be found on many new crossovers today. It also featured innovations inside like a removable cooler and attachable tent.


9. Nissan Stanza Wagon/Axxess
The Stanza Wagon and its successor, the Nissan Axxess, combined a subcompact car’s footprint with sliding rear doors and available all-wheel drive. Was it a minivan, a crossover or a small wagon? The answer is yes. The Stanza Wagon/Axxess combined incredible utility and practicality in a small ,efficient shape. Although many current subcompact crossovers do not include sliding rear doors, the basic concept is otherwise familiar.


8. Suzuki SX4 Hatchback
And speaking of subcompact crossovers, the segment is incredibly hot right now. But long before anyone had thought of a Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V or Fiat 500X, there was the Suzuki SX4 hatchback. Built along the same lines of its modern successors, the SX4 featured high ground clearance, a subcompact body and optional all-wheel drive. It even predates the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Nissan Juke by quite a few years.
ALSO SEE: What’s the Best Subcompact Crossover?


7. Ford Mustang SVO
A turbocharged four-cylinder muscle car in the early 1980s seemed like blasphemy to the Mustang faithful and despite it putting up impressive performance, it didn’t catch on. Well, fast forward 30 years and not only has a turbocharged four-banger returned to the Mustang, it’s also found its way into the Chevrolet Camaro. Best of all, these engines can outperform many V8 muscle cars from the not-too-distant past.
ALSO SEE: Ford Mustang V6 vs Ford Mustang EcoBoost


6. Dodge Vista Colt/Honda Civic Wagovan
The Dodge Vista Colt and Civic Wagovan were considered tall subcompact wagons in the 1980s, but they are basically the blueprint for most small hatchbacks today. By adding a higher roofline, passengers can sit more upright and benefit from extra space in a vehicle that still has a small footprint. The Nissan Versa Note, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris all utilize this design philosophy to some extent.


5. Porsche 959
All-wheel drive was the domain of off-road vehicles and rally cars primarily in the 1980s; that is until the Porsche 959 came along and changed everything. Not the first all-wheel drive high performance car ever created, it did showcase how all-wheel drive could be used to exploit incredible amounts of power, turn quick lap times and embarrass the competition. Today, all-wheel drive is featured in countless track weapons.


4. Subaru Outback
Take an all-wheel drive wagon, raise it off the ground a few inches and add some aggressive cladding and viola, a crossover! This wasn’t an entirely new concept, but the Subaru Outback perfected the formula and proved to be a popular hit years before the competition began to copy it. The Honda Crosstour, Toyota Venza, Audi Allroad, Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and even Subaru’s own Crosstrek can all thank the Outback for their existence.


3. AMC Eagle
The Outback may have perfected the all-wheel drive high-riding wagon, but well over a decade before it came to be, there was the AMC Eagle. More of an SUV wearing a wagon body than a true crossover, the four-wheel drive, body-on-frame Eagle was ahead of its time by a few decades. Unusual and not overly loved during its era, the Eagle would fit right in today.


2. 1986 Buick Riviera
Seeing a Buick on this list may seem odd, especially a mid-80s Riviera. But this car experimented with a technology 30 years ago that has just now become mainstream in most new vehicles – touchscreens. It may be hard to believe, but the 1986 Riviera included touchscreen control on its center display screen. Limited to the technology available back then, the system was basic, slow and not all that reliable. But it did forebode a future where buttons would be replaced by a single screen.


1. GM EV1
The GM EV1 may have been a design study, marketing tool and/or compliance car. But none of that takes away from the fact that it was the first modern electric car available to the public, albeit a limited, pre-qualified sample size. With real-world usable range and power, the quirky little electric car showed a bright future for battery powered automobiles.
SEE ALSO: Top 10 Cars You Probably Forget Were Still for Sale
Sadly, the EV1 program was cancelled and it would be several years until viable electric cars were once again available to the public.
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Latest Suzuki News / Suzuki Chief’s Son Takes over as Chairman and COO
« Last post by SCSG News on July 12, 2018, 07:35:05 AM »
Suzuki Chief’s Son Takes over as Chairman and COO

Suzuki Chief’s Son Takes over as Chairman and COOOut with the old, in with the new. Japanese automaker Suzuki is getting a fresh president and chief operating officer. Osamu Suzuki, who’s 85 years old, has appointed his son, Toshihiro Suzuki, 56 years old, to the COO position. Despite his advanced years the elder Suzuki will continue to serve as chairman and CEO. In... more
            
Out with the old, in with the new. Japanese automaker Suzuki is getting a fresh president and chief operating officer.

Osamu Suzuki, who’s 85 years old, has appointed his son, Toshihiro Suzuki, 56 years old, to the COO position. Despite his advanced years the elder Suzuki will continue to serve as chairman and CEO.
In addition to this management change the company also has a new board of directors. Osamu Honda has been nominated chief technology officer and Yasuhito Harayama as vice chairman.
SEE ALSO: 10 Car Brands Millennials Won’t Remember
Going forward it appears as though Toshihiro is the heir apparent to family-controlled Suzuki. However, there is no news when this transition might take place.
Despite bowing out of the American automotive market back in late 2012 Suzuki is still a strong global player. It has joint ventures deals with other OEMs all over the world and is famous for its power products, things like motorcycles and ATVs.
Discuss this story on our Suzuki Forum.
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         Out with the old, in with the new. Japanese automaker Suzuki is getting a fresh president and chief operating officer. Osamu Suzuki, who’s 85 years old, has appointed his son, Toshihiro Suzuki, 56 years old, to the COO position. Despite his advanced years the elder Suzuki will continue to serve as chairman and CEO. In... more

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Latest Suzuki News / Suzuki Recalls 2M Vehicles Worldwide
« Last post by SCSG News on July 12, 2018, 07:35:05 AM »
Suzuki Recalls 2M Vehicles Worldwide

Suzuki Recalls 2M Vehicles WorldwideSuzuki has announced a massive recall over faulty ignition switches.  About 2.2 million vehicles are part of the Suzuki recall because the ignition switch can heat up, leading to burning and smoking. About 1.8 million vehicles are affected by the issue in Japan while the rest are in Europe and Australia. SEE ALSO: Suzuki Alto RS... more
            
Suzuki has announced a massive recall over faulty ignition switches. 

About 2.2 million vehicles are part of the Suzuki recall because the ignition switch can heat up, leading to burning and smoking. About 1.8 million vehicles are affected by the issue in Japan while the rest are in Europe and Australia.
SEE ALSO: Suzuki Alto RS Turbo is a Pint-Sized Hot-Hatch 
Several cars from other brands, including the Chevy Cruze, Mazda AZ-Wagon and Carol are included in the recall because they are produced at Suzuki plants.
Suzuki’s Alto, WagonR and Swift models built between 1998 and 2009 are also being called back.
A total of 67 smoking ignition switches have been reported, but Suzuki is not aware of any accidents or injuries as a result of the problem. The issue has only been reported in Japan.
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         Suzuki has announced a massive recall over faulty ignition switches.  About 2.2 million vehicles are part of the Suzuki recall because the ignition switch can heat up, leading to burning and smoking. About 1.8 million vehicles are affected by the issue in Japan while the rest are in Europe and Australia. SEE ALSO: Suzuki Alto RS... more

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Latest Suzuki News / Suzuki Alto RS Turbo is a Pint-Sized Hot-Hatch
« Last post by SCSG News on July 12, 2018, 07:35:05 AM »
Suzuki Alto RS Turbo is a Pint-Sized Hot-Hatch

Suzuki Alto RS Turbo is a Pint-Sized Hot-HatchSuzuki may no longer sell cars in North America, but that won’t stop us from wondering about what might have been. The Japanese automaker is still going strong in its home country and at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon it debuted a turbocharged version of its ultra-tiny Alto hatchback. Dubbed the Suzuki Alto RS Turbo,... more
            
Suzuki may no longer sell cars in North America, but that won’t stop us from wondering about what might have been.

The Japanese automaker is still going strong in its home country and at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon it debuted a turbocharged version of its ultra-tiny Alto hatchback. Dubbed the Suzuki Alto RS Turbo, the hot hatch uses the standard 660-cc gasoline engine but pairs it up with a turbocharger for additional performance, though it’s unclear just how much. The naturally-aspirated Alto produces 48 or 51 hp depending on model so it’s likely the turbo variant gets closer to 100 hp.
2015 Tokyo Auto Salon Coverage
Making the Alto RS Turbo even hotter than the standard model is a set of 17-inch OZ wheels, Recaro seats on the inside and graphics throughout the body of the car. There’s also a bit of chrome treatment on the front end while the side mirrors and front spoiler has been painted red to match the wheels.
The Suzuki Alto is a kei car, which is a popular segment in Japan and while subcompacts are catching on in North America, it’s unlikely these city cars will ever make their way to the U.S.
GALLERY: Suzuki Alto RS Turbo

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         Suzuki may no longer sell cars in North America, but that won’t stop us from wondering about what might have been. The Japanese automaker is still going strong in its home country and at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon it debuted a turbocharged version of its ultra-tiny Alto hatchback. Dubbed the Suzuki Alto RS Turbo,... more

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