Suzuki at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 2, 2012

Suzuki Motor Corporation is set to present the G70 Concept at the 82nd Geneva Motor Show in March. The concept showcases the new vision for a compact vehicle that combines elaborated dynamics and minimized weight. It weighs 730kg only and has a drag coefficient of over 10% lower than a current Suzuki 'A' segment model.

Due to the overall reduction of weight as well as the utilization of a highly efficient petrol engine, emissions of carbon dioxide are as low as 70g/km as measured in the European Driving Cycle.

Suzuki's latest development in hybrid vehicle technology -- the Swift Range Extender -- will also be on display. It was first revealed at the 2010 Geneva Show.

It has undergone further development since then, resulting to a 100% improvement in battery driving range to 30km. The Swift Range Extender uses a generator and a highly efficient 660cc three-cylinder petrol engine as sources of power.

It has a more compact lithium-ion battery compared with a traditional Electric Vehicle that depends solely on battery power. The lithium-ion battery charges quickly, weighs less, costs less and uses fewer resources.

Suzuki is introducing its new G70 at the Geneva Motor Show 2012. This new model made its debut as the REGINA in 2011 at the Tokyo Motor Show, but it now carries the G70 badge that originates from a nickname that was adopted during the design and development process. Suzuki believes that, while the objective of lessening CO2 emissions is imperative when developing automotive, A-segment models need to be responsive to customers, too. Therefore, Suzuki focused on coming up with an A-segment vehicle with CO2 emissions of 70g/km or less, featuring the G70's environmental technologies.

Even if the new car is a petrol model, fuel economy and emissions figures are on a similar level as those of hybrid vehicles, thanks to the G70’s 730-kg weight and its drag coefficient that is more than 10% lower compared to that of an A-segment production model. The Suzuki G70 also boasts a direct-injection turbo (DIT) petrol engine as well as an Engine Auto Stop Start, which is a system capable of regenerative braking. All in all, G70's CO2 emissions do not go beyond 70g/km.

The G70's platform is all about lightness and rigidity, having more curves than a conventional platform. What’s more, the components and materials that are used in the G70 also convey this strong focus on lightness. As a result, the car weighs only 730kg.

G70’s shape means outstanding aerodynamics as well as greater interior comfort. It has a relatively upright windscreen that ensures good forward visibility as it smoothly directs air over the top and along the sides of the body. Also among the car’s other drag-reducing details are rear combination lamps that ensure seamless and unobstructed air flow toward the car’s rear. Then there’s also the C-pillar garnishes that both steer and adjust this air flow.

Lastly, the environmental impact or benefits of the G70's lightness and its low-running resistance are complemented by a very efficient 800-cm3 direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine with CVT.

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