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Euro NCAP gives 3 stars to 2017 Suzuki Swift; optional package ups safety rating to 4 stars

Following the introduction of the new generation Suzuki Swift in Europe for the 2017 model year, the hatchback from the Japanese company managed to score fairly in the latest round of safety tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). In fact, a standard version of the 2017 Suzuki Swift earned a 3-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, while a variant equipped with the optional safety pack equipped version received a 4-star rating from the assessment program.

In the area of Adult Occupant protection, the 2017 Suzuki Swift scored 83 percent. According to Euro NCAP, the Swift’s passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal offset test, offering good protection of the knees and femurs for the driver and passenger.

Meanwhile, the full-width rigid barrier test showed that the Swift offers marginal chest protection, although protection of critical body areas was considered by Euro NCAP as good or adequate. In case of rear-end collision, Euro NCAP noted that the front seats and head restraints offer good protection against whiplash injuries while the rear seats provide poor protection.

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Suzuki SX4 S-Cross gets the maximum 5-Star rating from Euro NCAP crash tests

Euro NCAP gave the maximum 5-star rating to the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, making it one of the safest cars in Europe. Suzuki’s new C-segment crossover earned an above-average overall result in this new independent crash testing. It was on pedestrian protection that the SX4 S-Cross did particularly well.

It achieved a top-class rating in total score for newly adopted test methodology that started this year. Euro NCAP gives one overall star rating with five stars being the highest.

How many stars there are show the vehicle’s performance level in all four areas -- adult protection, child safety, pedestrian protection and safety assist.

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Suzuki and Mitsubishi to stop selling diesel cars in Europe

The diesel exodus in Europe continues. Years ago, carmakers have been in a sweeping race to offer more diesel-powered vehicles in the continent, which hunger for such transports seems unending. But now, it looks like carmakers – including Japanese company Suzuki and Mitsubishi Motors -- are also in a race, but this time, it is to exit from the shrinking market in Europe before it becomes too late.

Yes, Suzuki and Mitsubishi Motors are the latest of the carmakers that are saying goodbye to their diesel-powered offerings in Europe, in light of the growing dislike for such engine technology in the region. They will be joining fellow Japanese carmaker Nissan and Toyota in getting rid of diesel vehicles from their European lineup.

Interestingly, Mitsubishi Motors’ decision isn't really surprising as 34 percent of the carmaker is owned by Nissan and the company is also a part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Mitsubishi has already halted sales of new diesel car in the United Kingdom. It has also stopped sales of diesel-powered cars in Germany. The only diesel vehicles that would remain in Mitsubishi’s lineup are its pickups, but that would only be for the short term. Diesel offerings accounted up to 30 percent of the Japanese carmaker’s sales in Europe in 2017.

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2018 Volvo XC60 gets the Euro NCAP’s best ratings for 2017

Last year was probably one of the busiest years for the European New Car Assessment Programme, with a total of around 70 cars tested. But amongst that huge pack of vehicles, one model managed to really stand out, and this was the second-generation Volvo XC60. After going through all those cars, the European NCAP made a decision that this is the safest car overall.

Ever since, Volvo has had a good reputation when it comes to car safety, and that is why we are not surprised that the new XC60 got the highest score during the tests. It scored 98% for the Adult Occupant category, and for Safety Assist, it got 95%, which still is pretty impressive as most cars do not ever get a score that high.

Malin Ekholm, Vice President of Volvo Cars Safety Center, promised that no one should ever get seriously injured or killed ever riding a Volvo car by the beginning of next decade. And based on the results we just saw, it seems like the automaker is right on track with fulfilling this promise.

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Suzuki will be introducing a range of new concepts for the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show and one of them is the Xbee (or Crossbi as how you’re supposed to say it) that bears similarities with Toyota’s FJ Cruiser. From the outside, the tiny Xbee (or Suzuki’s own mini version of the FJ Cruiser) seems to have drawn its design inspiration from the Hustler minivan J Style II concept from 2015.

For this year, Suzuki’s Spacia tall minivans will be joining the Xbee on stage at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The Xbee will be arriving there in black Street Adventure trim along with Xbee’s beige colored Outdoor Adventure. There’s also one variant that’s yellow with a black colored roof.

According to the Japanese car manufacturer, the crossover is designed primarily for different people with different lifestyles. The Xbee is perfect for those who love driving close to nature or around the city. The small crossover wagon features SUV-like bumpers with plastic protectors to further enhance the adventurous image it wants to convey. With its ample space, the Xbee not only functions like an SUV but is also fun and easy to drive.

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Suzuki will once again drive us far ahead into the future at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Collectively known as the future of the compact sport utility truck, the e-Survivor Concept will be featuring a two-seat open cockpit with hints of Jimny and Vitara’s styling cues. While the truck-like ladder body frame is quite similar to a Jeep Wrangler at first impression, the e-Survivor also has some very unique designs by incorporating glowing wheels and clear view side doors into the concept.

The images released ahead of the premiere show us what appears to be an off-road capable SUV with highly sufficient ground clearance and wheels that extend more than the actual width of the vehicle. Think of the old X-90 and Samurai if there are no other ways to describe it. Sitting on a small wheelbase of 2300mm, it is said to come with measurements of 3460mm long, 1645mm wide and 1655 tall. There isn’t a lot to say yet except it does have an integrated electric propulsion and all-wheel drive system with individual hub motors on each wheel. It is likely to employ lightweight materials and show some excellent approach and departure angles.

Since Suzuki’s latest off-road concept should also have the most futuristic cabin design, the e-Survivor is equipped with a full-width digital display that sits just below the windshield. If you think that’s enough, there is one more at the dashboard facing the passenger side, another one at the steering wheel and a couple more could be found between the seats along the center. Both the entertainment and navigation system use a spherical display which is located on top of the center console. The built-in climate control vents instead are mounted on the seats. All said, the specs of the battery and power output up to now remain a mystery.

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Quite a number of people are already eagerly awaiting the launch of the fourth generation of the Suzuki Jimny by Japanese carmaker Suzuki. It has been nearly 20 years since Suzuki released the third generation of the Jimny (1998), and everyone is keeping their eyes open as to when an all-new iteration would make its debut.

However, it seems that we won't have to wait longer for the arrival of the next-gen Jimny, as the Japanese carmaker itself included images of the all-new model – believed to be up for the 2018 or 2019 model year – in a company presentation that details its product roadmap. Someone who was in attendance during the company presentation was able to get some shots of the presented images, and ultimately these were leaked online to be feasted on.

The leaked images came a few days after spy pictures of the new Suzuki Jimny surfaced. Although the Suzuki Jimny, as spied, was heavily camouflaged, it was still able to reveal quite a number of details. It has adopted a more upright boxy design – something that has become rare among current SUVs, save for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and some Jeep offerings like the Wrangler and Defender. It is even safe to say that the upright boxy design of the new Suzuki Jimny makes it a smaller version of the Mercedes G-Class or the Jeep Wrangler.

Read the entire article Images of all-new 2019 Suzuki Jimny sans camouflage leaked from a product roadmap presentation

BMW is well known for its premium aesthetic releases and a compelling performance in the upper mid category. And now it can add another achievement to its long list of successes: the German automotive company's latest BMW 5 Series (G30) bagged a 5-star rating safety in the Euro NCAP Crash Test, securing a solid 81% overall score.

The midsize sedan got an impressive 91 percent rating in adult occupant safety, while getting a splendid 85 percent in the child occupant safety. The premium car also bagged an 81 percent rating in the pedestrian safety evaluation. The impressive performance of BMW gained the respect of the Euro NCAP body, which remarked that the sixth-generation model series' performance in the pedestrian safety assessment was remarkable due to its classic active hood and "Person Warning" setup that has a city braking duty.

Euro NCAP also lauded the BMW 5 series' autonomous breaking tech and remarked that it was effective in guiding the driver dodge a crash with another vehicle or a pedestrian. With its superior results on vehicle occupant protection made for children and adults, standard safety features and pedestrian protection, the BMW 5 series automatically clinched the top spot within its segment. Furthermore, it is now considered as the 1st BMW vehicle series to obtain a perfect score on the Euro NCAP crash test rating for its impressive safety features.

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We all want to know how safe our vehicles are on the road. Of course, carmakers do brag about the safety levels of their offerings, but it’s really up to unbiased assessment agencies to tell us the real deal. In Europe, the safety levels of new cars are tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). In fact, Euro NCAP just completed its latest round of safety tests, and the results were quite mixed.

For the latest round of testing, six vehicles underwent Euro NCAP’s stringent process: Audi Q5, Citroen C3, Fiat 500, Ford Ka+, Land Rover Discovery and Toyota C-HR. The results of the tests should make the people at Audi, Land Rover and Toyota leap for joy while leave those at Fiat and Ford scratching their heads. Euro NCAP’s overall safety rating is based on assessment in four important areas: Adult protection; Child protection; Pedestrian protection; and Safety Assist technologies. Vehicles are rated overall from one to five stars. The more stars a vehicle has, the safer it is.

According to Euro-NCAP, both the new Audi Q5 luxury SUV and Toyota C-HR subcompact crossover were able to earn five-star ratings from the assessment program, thanks to their good all-round performance. A five-star rating means these vehicles offer overall good performance in crash protection and are well-equipped with robust crash avoidance technology. In particular, the Toyota C-HR scored 95 percent for Adult protection; 77 percent for Child protection; 76 percent for Pedestrian protection; and 78 percent for Safety Assist technologies. The new Audi Q5, meanwhile, earned 93 percent for Adult protection; 86 percent for Child protection; 73 percent for Pedestrian protection; and 58 percent for Safety Assist technologies.

Read the entire article 2017 Euro NCAP crash tests: Toyota C-HR, Audi Q5 and Land Rover Discovery SUVs earn five stars

The new Ford Mustang muscle car looks menacing and is surely quick and fast. But it seems its European version isn’t as safe as the pony car intended for the United States. This was recently revealed in the latest crash tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).

Euro NCAP has already commenced subjecting new vehicles to its 2017 test regime. Among the first vehicles to undergo crash tests were the Euro-spec Mustang as well as the new Volvo S90 and V90. While the Volvo S90 and V90 were both impressive, the Euro-spec 2017 Ford Mustang was a disappointment. According to Euro NCAP, both the Volvo S90 and V90 – with maximum five-star ratings -- were able to exceed the best overall test scores of any model subjected to crash tests in 2016. Euro NCAP attributed these ratings to the fact the Volvo S90 and V90 are fitted – as standard -- with autonomous emergency braking for cars and pedestrians and are offering lane and speed assistance. In addition, the S90 and V90 are now two of the best three Euro NCAP scores. Interestingly, the third one was also a Volvo.

As for the Euro-spec Ford Mustang – in its pre-facelift version – the pony car just managed to earn a dismal two-star rating. This was a far cry from the five-star rating that its American version received from the New Car Assessment Program of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration years ago. In addition, the American-spec 2017 Ford Mustang managed to earn satisfying ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which gave the pony car an "acceptable" rating in the small overlap front test, and a "good" rating in the moderate overlap front, side head restraints & seats, and roof strength tests.

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Ford and Toyota have come together in the hopes of standardizing their vehicles’ smartphone integration system. The open-source platform is said to compete with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which will be made under SDL agreement (or SmartDeviceLink Consortium to be exact). Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki and PSA Group have also joined the partnership.

Through this agreement, the automakers wish to create software that will enable them to connect the owner’s smart device to their own infotainment systems. In the meantime, they will be using Ford’s APPLINK software to develop the standardized platform so they can also take advantage of the apps currently in there such as AccuWeather, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Pandora.

APPLINK comes with many other apps and will probably include more ---just like the popular Waze app for navigation. The members strongly believe that this is their answer to Google and Apple integration. All these years, these two tech giants have dominated the scene when it comes to running your infotainment system. Ford’s software on the other hand is currently installed in more than five million vehicles.

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After being spied on throughout 2016, the next generation of the Suzuki Swift has finally been unveiled officially in Japan. Well, how the Suzuki’s flagship compact car (supermini) would look like has been known for months now – its new exterior design doesn’t surprise anyone.

So, the official reveal of the 2017 Suzuki Swift is more like a formality. But of course, details weren’t known before the official unveiling, and that is why many people are still looking forward to the formal launch of the next generation of the Swift.

However, the Swift supermini that Suzuki revealed is a Japanese version. This means that its specs are intended for the Japanese market, and what has been revealed could be much different – save from the exterior -- from those that will be sold in other markets around the world.

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It looks like it’s a season of upgrades and facelifts. Various car manufacturers as well as auto tuners have been very busy for the past couple of months giving a brand new oomph to current models. And Japanese automaker Suzuki is one of them.

Suzuki’s unique ‘C’ segment S-Cross SUV has helped increase its sales for the last four years that it has been in the market. And after years of becoming the face of the Japanese brand, it is now ready for a fresher and even better look.

On October 17th, the fresh new look of the S-Cross SUV will be revealed and along with it will be an even better set of engine options. The 2017 Suzuki S-Cross model will go on sale on October 17 with a starting price of £14,999 or $19,458.

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Safety is a top priority for Renault's new Mégane small family car. That is why it was given a five-star rating from Euro NCAP. After all, it is underpinned by Renault's Common Module Family (CMF) platform that also underpins the Kadjar crossover.

This CMF platform employs high elastic limit steel for the spars and side rails as well as cross members located between the engine compartment and the cabin. To illustrate the strength of this limit steel, just a square millimeter could bear a load of 120 kg.

Moreover, this platform allows the integration of operative occupant restraint systems like dual-generator front airbags. These airbags – which deploy according to the type of impact as well as according to the position of the vehicle occupant – have allowed the new Mégane to receive high scores in terms of both adult and child protection.

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Suzuki Motor Corporation revealed that it will have an exhibit at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015. The event is organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association and will be open to the public from October 30 to November 8.

In 2020, Suzuki will be marking its 100th anniversary and this will be reflected in the theme for its booth which is “SUZUKI NEXT 100”. This exhibit will show the different proposals for the technologies and products that hopefully will give a sense of how the brand is preparing for success for the next 100 years.

A wide range of different concept models will be displayed during the exhibit and will show just how the brand can deliver to drivers and their riders more enjoyment and wonder.

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In creating the Baleno, Suzuki knew that it had to raise the bar in order to meet the continuous growing need of the consumers. Further, the company knew that if it was to succeed, it needed to hold nothing back. Chief engineer Kunihiko Ito explained that the company wanted to develop what they believed to be the ideal hatchback.

For one, according to Ito, it had to include every element that one expects from a compact car, namely: comfort, design, fuel efficiency, manoeuvrability, utility, and most importantly, superior driving performance.

In addition, it had to show a sophisticated, grown-up, and elegant character without compromising other features, Ito concludes.

Read the entire article 2016 Suzuki Baleno officially revealed at Frankfurt Motor Show

Suzuki will unveil two concept cars at the Geneva Motor Show in March: the iK-2 subcompact hatchback and the iM-4 subcompact SUV. The iK-2 provides a glimpse of a car set to be sold alongside the Swift subcompact while the iM-4 subcompact SUV previews a new model that be sold alongside the SX4 S-Cross and Jimny cars.

A Suzuki spokesperson told Automotive News Europe that production versions of the concepts will be "additional cars in the range." He remarked that the Jimny would not be replaced but will be updated to comply with the new Euro 6 emissions standard.

Suzuki posted a 7-percent jump in sales in the EU and EFTA markets in 2014 to 162,828 units, which allowed it to hike its market share by one percentage point to 1.3 percent, according to industry association ACEA.

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The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has awarded the new Subaru Outback (2.0D 'EyeSight', LHD, European specifications) with the highest five-star rating for its 2014 overall safety performance test. According to the European unit of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Subaru Europe, new Outback managed to receive high scores in all four key areas: adult occupant protection (85%); child occupant protection (87%); pedestrian protection (70%); and safety assist.

The Outback also scored maximum points in the side impact barrier test, with good protection of all critical body areas. Subaru Europe also disclosed the Euro NCAP tests on the front seats and head restraints as well as a geometric assessment of the rear restraints indicated good protection against whiplash injuries on rear-end collision.

The Outback also managed to score max points for its protection of the 18-month dummy in the dynamic crash tests. Likewise, the bumper of the Outback was found to be able to provide good protection to pedestrians' legs in all tested areas.

Read the entire article 2015 Subaru Outback gains five-star rating from Euro NCAP

Volkswagen’s 2015 Passat (B8) follows its predecessor when it comes to safety as the new model managed to receive the maximum rating of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests. The overall safety rating of 5 stars for the new Passat is composed of the results obtained by the vehicle in four sub-areas: occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and security support.

According to the press release, the occupant protection for adults include a head-on crash test against an aluminum barrier at 64 km/h and 40% overlap, as well as a side impact at 50 km/h in the vehicle structure and a pole side impact at 29 km/h.

The new Passat managed to receive 85 percent of the maximum rating. During the tests in the important area of child protection, the Passat reached over 87 percent of the maximum rating thanks to the standard Isofix and top tether child seat anchors.

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Suzuki's manufacturing site in Esztergom, Hungary will continue operating at reduced capacity for the rest of 2014, according to a report by Napi Gazdasag newspaper. Suzuki spokeswoman Viktoria Ruska told the daily that the carmaker is Suzuki is maintaining its target output of 150,000 vehicles at the site.

The plant has been operating at one shift – instead of the usual two -- after stopping production of the Splash small minivan and the SX4 small SUV. The site is also preparing for the output of the new Vitara from early 2015, Ruska told the paper.

Suzuki unveiled the Vitara subcompact SUV at the 2014 Paris auto show and will commence its sales in Europe early 2015. Despite the reduced capacity, Suzuki has no plans to implement the layoffs and intends to operate back to two shifts once plant starts production of the new Vitara.

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