Global sales of the Suzuki Swift have recently passed three million. It’s no wonder that it performed so well. It was in Japan in late 2004 that Suzuki Motor Corporation launched Swift - its first global strategic model. It caught the attention of people right away with its stunning good looks, European-inspired driving dynamics, and Japanese quality.
The Swift passed the 3 million mark exactly two years since it marked its sales of 2 million units. In the UK, over 80,000 Swifts have been sold since it was launched in the country in May 2005. It makes up about 36% of total UK sales.
The Swift’s production is truly global. Production started in Japan and it was followed by Hungary, China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, and then in Thailand.
Vehicles that are offered in Europe are produced in Hungary – at the Magyar plant. Throughout the world, Japan sales account for 13% of Swift sales. About 45% is from India while 23% is from Europe.
The rest come from other global markets. Swift is available in 125 countries and regions. It has been the recipient of 67 awards in 26 countries. Swift is offered in three and five door body styles.
The 1.3 DDiS model provides a very low cost of ownership with CO2 emissions of only 109g/km. The 1.2 petrol engine with manual transmission emits just 116g/km.
Swift has garnered a five star Euro NCAP rating and it scored 94 points for Adult occupancy protection during launch in 2010 – the highest of vehicles tested at the time.
It comes with distinctive styling and a roomy interior as well as a comprehensive specification. The standard features include seven airbags, ESP, radio/CD player with USB port, remote central locking and immobiliser, electric front windows, electric and heated door mirrors and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.