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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 unveils completely redesigned 2017 Swift for the Japanese market

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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Suzuki is re-introducing the Special Edition Swift SZ-L this year in the UK

Suzuki is re-launching the Special Edition Swift SZ-L following a successful run early this year. Suzuki will commence producing another set of SZ-L for the second half of 2014. The SZ-L is derived from the 1.2-liter SZ3 that features as standard seven airbags, ESP, air conditioning, USB port and Bluetooth and LED daytime running lights.

It also features exclusive two-tone metallic paintwork in either Boost Blue or Cosmic Black with contrasting Cool White roof, rear spoiler and door mirrors. The Swift SZ-L is powered by the 1.2-liter Dual VVT 94PS engine that is regarded as one of the most powerful in its class.

Despite the power, the engine only emits 116 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, costing just £30 in annual VED after the first year while returning 56.5 mpg on the combined cycle.

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Suzuki to start selling Swift 4x4 in the UK this month

Suzuki is launching sales of its Swift 4x4 this month in the United Kingdom.  Swift 4x4 comes to the UK as a five-door 1.2-liter petrol vehicle paired with a manual gearbox. The Swift 4x4 is also equipped as either an SZ3 or SZ4 grade. SZ3 grade of Swift 4x4 appears identical to an equivalent SZ3 five-door except for the 4x4 badging and a slightly increased body ride height of 25mm.

The SZ4 model features a more rugged appearance and boasts of added protection over rough ground, thanks to front and rear skid plates, black wheel arch extensions and black side skirts.

Swift 4x4 boasts of a simple fully automatic and permanent 4-wheel drive system that shifts additional torque to the rear wheels when needed through a viscous coupling. This greatly improves the cornering ability of the Swift.

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Suzuki GB PLC has introduced the Swift Sport SZ-R seemingly right after it announced the Swift SZ-L Special Edition. Only 100 examples of the Swift Sport SZ-R will be built. It is targeted at consumers who wish to own a Swift Sport with a unique look but still hope to get the sporty, enjoyable experience of the standard Swift Sport.

The SZ-R comes with all the standard features of the standard Swift Sport. It is capable of accelerating from zero to 62mph in 8.7 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 121 mph. It is powered by a 136HP VVT engine that offers 44.1mpg when combined.

Every SZ-R has a Cosmic Black finish with contrasting Ablaze Red roof, rear spoiler and door mirrors as well as SZ-R side badging.

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Global sales of the Suzuki Swift subcompact have recently passed three million. There is no wonder that Swift performed so well in terms of sales. It was in Japan in late 2004 that Suzuki Motor Corporation launched the Swift as its first global strategic model. The new subcompact car easily caught the attention of people right away with its stunning good looks, European-inspired driving dynamics, as well as Japanese quality.

The Suzuki Swift passed the 3 million sales mark exactly two years after it achieved the sales milestone of 2 million units. In the United Kingdom, more than 80,000 units of the Swift have been sold since it was launched in the country in May 2005. Swift makes up about 36 percent of Suzuki’s total sales in the UK.

The production of the Suzuki Swift is truly global. Its production started in Japan and its assembly followed in Hungary, China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, and then in Thailand.

Read the entire article Global sales of the Suzuki Swift have recently passed three million

Suzuki GB PLC will be participating at the 2013 Autosport International show at the NEC in Birmingham. At the show, Suzuki will be displaying several examples of the Suzuki Swift. Visitors will have an opportunity to have a glimpse of two Special Edition models that will be offered in the United Kingdom in the near future.

The Special Edition models will be dubbed SZ-L for the 1.2-litre model, and SZ-R for the 1.6-litre Sport. Suzuki will also exhibit the latest version of the GSX-R600 motorcycle, which is fitted with advanced technology derived from MotoGP. Suzuki launched the Swift as part of its global strategy, producing the vehicle at seven sites around the world and selling it in over 100 countries and territories.

Due to its dynamic performance and sporty looks, the Swift was able to post sales of 2 million units faster than any other model in Suzuki’s history.

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The limited edition Suzuki Swift Attitude model is now available in the UK. Only 500 units of this model will be available. Buyers have to choose between a five-door and a three-door. The Swift Attitude is targeted at younger buyers. It is based on the 1.2-litre SZ3 model but it has a sportier and more aggressive styling.

When pitted against the other units in its class, the 1.2-litre Dual VVT 94PS engine is one of the most powerful and yet it releases very low emissions of only 116g/km, 56.5mpg on the combined cycle and only £30 in Annual VED charges. The SZ3 grade is the basis for this Swift Attitude that gets seven airbags, ESP, air conditioning and USB port as standard equipment.

However, it offers raised specification with front fog lamps and rear privacy glass along with an improved sporty look that consists of Carbon fibre effect roof and door mirrors, rear upper spoiler in body colour, Carbon fibre effect ‘Attitude’ badging and 16-inch wheels in black paint finish.

Read the entire article Suzuki Swift Attitude Special Edition debuts in UK

Suzuki GB has teamed up with Sky Sports to launch a 6-week campaign that consists of a series of bespoke 30-second TV airings to be known as “The New Swift Sport Boot Camp.” Featured in this series are ‘Soccer AM’s’ Tubes and ‘Take it like a fan’s Fenners that race in two Swift Sports as they go through various football based training exercises such as a slalom race, penalty shoot outs and keepy-uppys.

The first in the series would be broadcast on Jan. 28, 2012 on Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2 and SkyNews.

Furthermore, they also launched a Microsite with video content and a contest to win a brand new Swift Sport, premiership football tickets and an iPad2.

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Suzuki’s 1.3-litre DDiS, the latest one to be added to the Swift lineup, ranked second overall in the recent 2011 MPG Marathon. Southern Group Regional journalists Dave Randle and Peter Cracknell had driven the new Swift with 67PS diesel engine. It had reached an overall fuel consumption figure of 86.40mpg and won the class 3 category for percentage improvement over the official combined fuel consumption figure.

The Swift had an overall improvement of 28.3% on the combined figure of 67.3mpg. A second DDiS that had last year’s class winners Dave Moss and Mike Hull behind the wheel came next with 25.8% (84.6mpg).

Fleet World magazine organizes the MPG Marathon each year. It takes 37 competing vehicles on a tough 372-mile route meant to simulate typical daily driving conditions and also featured major roads, motorways and dual carriageways.

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With improved steering, brake performance and tuning, the new Suzuki Swift is the pinnacle of the Suzuki line and the new Swift Sport manages to outdo it in every possible way.

Starting production in Japan in 2005, then Hungary in 2006, the Swift has been providing a sporty feel and functionality which has gone on to delight fans all over the world.

With the same styling elements as the previous model, the Swift Sport continues the tradition of its predecessor but refines them, modernising them for today. As a result, it provides improved stability, performance and an earmark for quality you come to expect from the Japanese car manufacturer.

Read the entire article 2012 Suzuki Swift Sport: details, photos and specs

There have been reports about Suzuki releasing a successor of the old Swift Sport early in 2012. When Suzuki unveiled the Swift S-Concept in Geneva, fans wondered if the carmaker will soon be coming out with a sporty version of the current generation hatch. The problem is that Suzuki hasn’t yet resolved the Swift Sport’s primary problem -- a lack of power.

There were rumors during the unveiling of the concept that its power will get a 22% boost to 152 hp compared to the 2010 model.

GoAuto said that the 2012 model will be powered by a high-revving 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers just 136 hp. This will be mated to a six-speed manual; however, an automatic will also be offered.

Read the entire article Suzuki Swift Sport successor coming in 2012, report says

The worldwide presence of the Suzuki Swift is not limited to sales as it also includes production and outlook. It is manufactured in four countries which are China, Hungary, India, and of course, Japan.

During the development stage however, the designers decided to have Europe as the starting point. By doing this, the design team was able to get inspiration from the surroundings and to understand better how Europeans think.

This was because the goal was to come up with a vehicle that would be able to satisfy the preferences and needs of the European market when it comes to the driving characteristics and the design. This is not the only unique thing about the Swift as it is the result of the brand’s revolutionary innovation program.

Read the entire article Suzuki giving away a one-off Swift Sport to celebrate Rio Ferdinand’s Twitter followers

Suzuki’s Swift range will soon have the low emissions 1.3-litre DDiS model. Starting June 1, the Swift DDiS will be available in all 148 Suzuki dealerships. It is powered by a new 75PS 1.3-litre engine that has an emissions level of 109g/km and a combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg. It’s estimated to have a driving range of over 500 miles.

The five-door version of the new Swift DDiS with SZ3 grade is priced at £12,890. It is equipped with the following as standard: seven airbags, 16 inch alloy wheels, air conditioning USB port, and heated electric door mirrors.

Suzuki improved the Euro 5 emissions turbo charged engine to be smoother and more responsive, with a maximum torque of 190Nm from 1,750rpm. As a result, the car can sprint from zero to 62mph in 12.7 seconds.

Read the entire article 2011 Suzuki Swift DDiS introduced in UK

Suzuki is evaluating the potential of launching an all-wheel-drive version of the Suzuki Swift in the UK later this year. Suzuki thinks that there may be a market for all-wheel-drive superminis as Britain has been experiencing extreme weather during the recent winters.

Presently, a left-hand-drive version of the all-wheel-drive Swift is in the UK after having been in Germany for a three-month evaluation period.

Suzuki said that a decision is due this summer. Autocar believes that this launch is very close to being a sure thing and also that at least 500 units will be available each year. But Suzuki has said that it can achieve sales of up to 1000 units.

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Suzuki based the SWIFT S-CONCEPT on the new generation of the Swift. Suzuki wanted the vehicle to go in line with a “more sporty and exciting” theme. The new Swift had been unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The SWIFT S-CONCEPT is the embodiment of designing a premium sport compact without compromising the performance.

Compared to the standard Swift, the body is lower and is 60mm wider. As a result, it doesn’t appear as compact as it really is. It features dynamic-looking front and rear bumpers and a big rear spoiler, evoking high levels of acceleration and power.

Its 18-inch wheels also provide a sense of solidity and stability. Its headlamps and rear combination lamps boast exclusive designs with high-tech accents. The SWIFT S-CONCEPT has been given a yellow paint finish, conveying its intensity and depth.

Read the entire article 2011 Geneva Motor Show: Suzuki unveils sporty Swift S-Concept

Suzuki revealed today the first photo with the Swift R Concept, a new car that anticipates the new Swift Sport. Set to make its debut at the 2011 Beijing Motor Show, the new car is inspired by the GSX-R 1000 motorcycle, featuring a stylish front bumper with larger air intakes, extended front and rear fenders, as well as a new rear roof spoiler and new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system.

The design of the car is completed by a new set of black 5-spoke alloy wheels. Although we don’t have any details or photos regarding the interior, expect to find a new set of Recaro sports buckets, a sports steering wheel as well as a new dashboard with sporty accents.

There are no details regarding the engine used by this sporty hatchback, but due to the fact that Volkswagen acquired a 19.9% stake in Suzuki, we can anticipate that the car will use an engine found in the Vw lineup.

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As you may know already, the new Suzuki Swift was scheduled to make its debut in the United States this year, but the Japanese manufacturer delayed the small hatch until next year.

It appears that Suzuki’s product plans in the United States are murky, partly due to the fact that Volkswagen bought 20 percent of Suzuki Motor Corp this year and partly because of the growing strength of the yen against the dollar.

Despite the fact that the engineering for the U.S. market was completed, and Suzuki was setting the price, the manufacturer’s worldwide product plans are currently under review following the Volkswagen deal. Volkswagen and Suzuki executives are looking for new solutions to share car platforms as well as technology.

Read the entire article Swift delayed until next year in U.S. as Vw and Suzuki review plans

At the launch of Suzuki Motor Corp.’s remodeled Swift hatchback, CEO Osamu Suzuki said that this November, the Swift is expected to reach cumulative sales of about 2 million units for the six years that it has been on sale. Suzuki said that it now aims for its remodeled Swift minicar to surpass this figure and sell more than 2 million units worldwide.

The Swift has been updated, making it 10mm taller and 90mm longer than the current model. The new-generation Swift has a similar design but its fuel consumption has been improved, its emissions have been reduced significantly, and it has better safety and driving performance.

The new Swift will start selling in Europe not long after it debuts in Paris as a three- or five-door. Production of units intended for European markets will continue in Suzuki's factory in Esztergom, Hungary.

Read the entire article Suzuki aiming to sell over 2 million units of its 2011 Swift

Suzuki Motor Corp. will soon introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the Swift compact car, which uses batteries provided by Sanyo Electric Co. Suzuki also said that its dealerships in Japan will test 60 units of the car in the second half of this year.

The vehicle is capable of running on a fully charged battery and will have a 660cc engine to deliver electricity.

Suzuki has yet to announce when the car will go on sale. The pronouncement for Suzuki to offer hybrid vehicles to be recharged at household electrical outlets requires a huge budget.

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