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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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Suzuki will bring three Xbee concepts at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

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 e-Survivor Concept to debut at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

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

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

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.

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

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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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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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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The all-new 2015 Suzuki Vitara was introduced at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, showing a new exterior designed as well as an overhauled interior. Clearly inspired by the iV-4 Concept that was unveiled last year at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2015 Vitara arrives with LED headlamps with blue projector covers that create a stylish look, an aerodynamically optimized front bumper, a roof line that slopes smoothly downward toward the rear, stylish aide lines just like those seen on the concept car and brand new tailpipes and rear bumper.

The interior was designed with personalization in mind and Suzuki promises a range of design details that enables the owners to express their personality. Customers will be able to choose from 15 body colour possibilities including three new colours and several two-tone combinations.

The new exterior colours offered by Suzuki are Atlantis Turquoise Pearl Metallic, Horizon Orange Metallic and Savannah Ivory Metallic. In addition, the Vitara can be personalized with a white or black front grille, white/black fender garnishes, instrument panel ornaments in turquoise/orange/white/piano black, louvre rings in turquoise/orange/white/piano black and centrally located clock in carbon or kanji.

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration disclosed that spiders attracted by gasoline vapors as well as weaving webs blocking a hose to vent those vapors have prompted Suzuki Motor of America to recall around 19,000 MY2012-2013 Kizashi midsize sedans.

NHTSA said that blocked air flow in the Kizashi‘s evaporative emissions system can result to negative pressure in the fuel tank, possibly leading to cracks that may cause leaks, thereby increasing risk of a fire. This issue is similar to the one experienced in Mazda6.

Mazda has called back the Mazda6 twice since 2011 due to spiders creating webs in ventilation hoses. The carmaker has not received reports of crashes or injuries tied to the issue, Suzuki told NHTSA.

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Last year at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Suzuki unveiled the iV-4 Concept, a vehicle that previewed its upcoming crossover that will take on Renault Captur and Nissan’s Juke. Back in May, we reported about the production version of the vehicle and its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, in October. Prior to the French auto show, Suzuki revealed today the first image with it brand new small and stylish SUV, called Vitara.

That’s right folks, the Vitara name makes it return, which was first used more than 25 years ago also on a small SUV.

There aren’t many details available yet, but according to the official press release, the Suzuki Vitara will hit the UK market in the spring of 2015, powered by petrol and diesel engines that promises to return an outstanding fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.

Read the entire article 2015 Suzuki Vitara: first photo unveiled ahead of Paris Motor Show debut

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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It remains unclear when an international arbitration court will issue a ruling on a dispute between Suzuki Motor and Volkswagen AG over a failed collaboration. Suzuki filed for international arbitration in November 2011 following a refusal by Volkswagen to sell back a 19.9-percent stake in the Japanese carmaker that it acquired in January 2010 for EUR1.7 billion ($2.3 billion).

Sources told Automotive News earlier this month that an arbitration court based in London had already finished hearing witnesses and was expected to give a decision before the end of 2014.

Suzuki chairman Osamu Suzuki, when asked on whether the two parties could reach a settlement, said repeatedly: "We are the ones that took this to court." Suzuki and Volkswagen reached an agreement in December 2009 to create a partnership on technologies in areas like hybrid and electric vehicles.

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Back in September, at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Suzuki introduced the iV-4 Concept, a vehicle that previewed a Japanese rival for the Renault Captur and the Nissan Juke. Today, speaking to our source that works at Suzuki, we found out that the production version of the Suzuki iV-4 Concept will make its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, in October.

The new crossover will arrive with plenty of design elements seen on the iV-4 Concept such as the front grille that will be the new identity of the upcoming Suzuki models.

The new model is expected to use the same engines used by the SX4 S-Cross, which means 1.6-liter petrol and diesel powerplants. iV-4 Concept was equipped with the next-generation 4WD technology called ALLGRIP that merges both style and off-road performance.

Read the entire article Production version of Suzuki iV-4 Concept will debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show

Suzuki Motor will start offering an affordable gasoline-electric hybrid technology in its vehicles. Suzuki executive vice president Osamu Honda remarked that even a small carmaker like Suzuki will have to further improve fuel efficiency as customers' expectations are growing not only in Japan and Europe but also in emerging markets.

Suzuki has already launched a regenerative braking system wherein a car's kinetic energy is converted to electrical energy during braking. The resulting electricity is captured into a lithium ion battery and used run equipment like the air conditioner. Suzuki said that its new hybrid system uses electricity to help the car accelerate.

The technology is already being employed by Nissan Motor Corp. and Volkswagen Group. While the hybrid technology in Toyota Motor Corp's Prius allows the car to run solely on electricity, Suzuki’s system cannot, but is cheaper and simpler.

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Suzuki GB will start selling its special edition GSX1300RZ Hayabusa motorcycle in dealerships in the United Kingdom this month. Suzuki also announced the details of the factory-built, special edition GSX-R750 this month. The GSX1300RZ Hayabusa boasts of a new special red and black two-tone paint scheme and seat, complemented by gold anodized fork caps, adjusters, steering stem nut and chain adjusters.

The motorcycle’s look is further accentuated and distinguished by Black Brembo calipers with red lettering. The special edition version of the iconic GSX-R750 features similar styling cues as the special Hayabusa, as it brags of a special red and black livery and red seat and silver Brembo monobloc calipers with red lettering.

It also features dark gold, anodized steering stem nut, chain adjusters and front forks, with red anodized fork caps and adjusters. George Cheeseman of Suzuki GB that following positive reception and customer interest on the special edition Hayabusa at Motorcycle Live in 2013, the company is announcing the of the motorcycle as well as the details of the GSX-R750.

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