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Latest News: Suzuki celebrated some really good news at the 40th Anniversary of the What Car? awards last night with Ignis picking up the ‘True MPG’ Award as the most economical new car tested by the editorial team over the last year. The winning Ignis model was the two wheel drive SZ5 with SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) which recorded 59.6mpg in True MPG testing. The SZ5 ALLGRIP 4WD model was not far behind either recording 53.3mpg. Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car? comments: “Nothing has surpassed its stellar average True MPG figure of 59.6mpg. Given the wide selection of hybrids, downsized turbocharged petrol engines and diesels we’ve tested this year that’s quite some achievement. Not only does the Ignis sip fuel but it doesn’t chuck out much Nox (Nitrous Oxide emissions), either. Considering Nox contributes to the formation of smog and acid rain, that’s worth celebrating”. Suzuki celebrated two further ‘Best Buy’ category wins at the awards too with Vitara awarded a ‘Best Buy’ accolade for the third consecutive year in the small SUV class. The 1.6-litre SZ4 model was comprehensively judged by the editorial team and announced again as the best overall model in its price bracket of less than £16,000. Commenting further, Steve Huntingford said: “Despite the arrival of competition from a number of manufacturers as well as Suzuki’s own Ignis, the Vitara remains our favourite budget SUV. In everyday driving, this version is capable of diesel beating economy and managed an inpressive 47.7mpg in our True MPG test. All in all, the Vitara makes for a very compelling small SUV”. Vitara remains very popular with customers in the UK with 11,900 sold in 2017 and is the best selling car in the range. Suzuki’s ALLGRIP four wheel drive technology is available as an option on SZ-T and SZ5 models and is standard equipment on the 1.4-litre Boosterjet S model. Celerio SZ2 was awarded a ‘Best Buy’ accolade for the second year running, this time it was recommended in the category at less than £9,500 with What Car? commenting: “All things considered, the Celerio is a serious amount of car for the cash, Suzuki throws in everything you would realistically need – even on entry level SZ2 trim - and it makes a well rounded City Car choice”

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24th January 2018

SUCCESS FOR SUZUKI AT THE 40th WHAT CAR? AWARDS

Suzuki celebrated some really good news at the 40th Anniversary of the What Car? awards last night with Ignis picking up the ‘True MPG’ Award as the most economical new car tested by the editorial team over the last year. The winning Ignis model was the two wheel drive SZ5 with SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) which recorded 59.6mpg in True MPG testing. The SZ5 ALLGRIP 4WD model was not far behind either recording 53.3mpg. Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car? comments: “Nothing has surpassed its stellar average True MPG figure of 59.6mpg. Given the wide selection of hybrids, downsized turbocharged petrol engines and diesels we’ve tested this year that’s quite some achievement. Not only does the Ignis sip fuel but it doesn’t chuck out much Nox (Nitrous Oxide emissions), either. Considering Nox contributes to the formation of smog and acid rain, that’s worth celebrating”. Suzuki celebrated two further ‘Best Buy’ category wins at the awards too with Vitara awarded a ‘Best Buy’ accolade for the third consecutive year in the small SUV class. The 1.6-litre SZ4 model was comprehensively judged by the editorial team and announced again as the best overall model in its price bracket of less than £16,000. Commenting further, Steve Huntingford said: “Despite the arrival of competition from a number of manufacturers as well as Suzuki’s own Ignis, the Vitara remains our favourite budget SUV. In everyday driving, this version is capable of diesel beating economy and managed an inpressive 47.7mpg in our True MPG test. All in all, the Vitara makes for a very compelling small SUV”. Vitara remains very popular with customers in the UK with 11,900 sold in 2017 and is the best selling car in the range. Suzuki’s ALLGRIP four wheel drive technology is available as an option on SZ-T and SZ5 models and is standard equipment on the 1.4-litre Boosterjet S model. Celerio SZ2 was awarded a ‘Best Buy’ accolade for the second year running, this time it was recommended in the category at less than £9,500 with What Car? commenting: “All things considered, the Celerio is a serious amount of car for the cash, Suzuki throws in everything you would realistically need – even on entry level SZ2 trim - and it makes a well rounded City Car choice”

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9th January 2018

2018 IGNIS AND VITARA SPECIAL EDITIONS FROM SUZUKI

Suzuki GB PLC is very pleased to announce Special Edition models of Ignis and Vitara that are now on sale. The two new models are Ignis Adventure and Vitara Kuro which makes a return to the UK range following a very successful limited production run in 2017. Ignis Adventure is based on the SZ-T and adds a selection of the most popular and distinctive personalisation options available. SZ-T standard specification includes rear view camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and individually sliding rear seats and Adventure adds a further specification of rear spoiler, side mouldings, front and rear skid plates, coloured front grille centre bar, side decal set and colour keyed front fog lamp bezels. The added value of these personalisation options is £1,900 and with Adventure priced at £13,999 it represents a premium of just £1,000 over the SZ-T. A zero per cent APR PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) agreement is available at just £159 per month over 43 months. This requires a deposit of £2,216 and an optional final payment of £5,105 to keep the car. A limited number of Adventure models are being produced and four colours are available which are Fervent Red (Solid paint) and Boost Blue Pearl, Pure White Pearl and Super Black Pearl as optional metallic colours at £465. The Vitara Kuro makes a return to the range through customer demand and a further 1,000 units are now being produced. Based again on the 1.6-litre SZ-T 2WD manual transmission model with auto air conditioning, satellite navigation, Smartphone link audio and rear privacy glass as standard equipment, Kuro offers a unique specification and £1,700 added customer value for a premium of just £750 over the SZ-T. Kuro offers a very high and unique specification including ‘Misti’ satin black alloy wheels, Black front bumper and side body moulding set, Black door mirrors, Black rear upper spoiler, Black front grille and side trims and Kanji ‘Kuro’ badge. For the interior, the colour design theme continues with Piano Black to dashboard, ventilation trim ring set and centre console trim. A Carbon effect centre analogue clock is also included as standard. Kuro is available in four colours which are Superior White as a solid colour and Cosmic Black, Galactic Grey and Silky Silver as optional metallic colours available at £500. Vitara Kuro is also available with zero per cent PCP at a monthly rate of £199 payable over 43 months if an initial deposit of £3,390 is made with a £7,001 final optional payment required to keep the car at the end of the term.

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20th October 2017

WINTER OFFERS FROM SUZUKI

Suzuki Financial Services are pleased to announce their Winter PCP Finance offers across the range. A PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) agreement is an ideal route for customers who want to purchase a new Suzuki with a low deposit and a low monthly cost. Its popular Celerio SZ2 City car is available for just £89 per month payable over 48 months after a deposit of £1,945 is made and with an optional final payment of £2,206 required to keep the car. As an alternative, a deposit of just £131 can be made to drive away an SZ2 followed by 48 monthly payments of £131 and an optional final payment of £2,206. Launched in January, the Ignis SZ3 is priced at £10,999 and is available for £159 per month over 48 months with a deposit of £1,212 and optional final payment of £3,770. The Ignis range is very well equipped as standard with highly efficient 1.2-litre Dualjet engine, air conditioning, DAB radio, six airbags, rear privacy glass and body coloured door mirrors all included as standard specification. One year’s free insurance and three years free servicing is also included across the Ignis range when the PCP option is taken up. The all new Swift was launched in June and the 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T is available on PCP with Zero per cent APR plus Nil deposit at a cost of £199 per month. This is a 42 month agreement  with a final payment of £5,135. Swift SZ-T is highly equipped with DAB Radio, air conditioning, Smartphone link display audio, 16-inch alloy wheels and front foglamps. For an additional £22 per month, customers can step up to an SZ5 manual transmission model which offers SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) for even greater fuel efficiency as well as keyless entry / start, Auto air conditioning, Dual Camera Brake Support and LED Headlights, all as standard equipment. Moving up to Baleno, a customer saving of £2,000 is available on the SZ3 model and £1,500 on the SZ-T and SZ5 models when linked to the 5.9 per cent PCP agreement. Taking an SZ3 as an example, a deposit of £813 is required followed by 48 monthly payments of £159 and an optional final payment of £3,643. For the Vitara models and highlighting the 1.6-litre petrol SZ-T 2WD, a £2,849 deposit is required followed by 36 monthly payments of £199 with an optional final payment of £7,486 to keep the car.  For customers considering an SZ-T Vitara with ALLGRIP or a 1.6-litre diesel engine, the monthly payments increase by £30 together with a small increase in initial deposit. Standard equipment specification for the Vitara SZ4 models upwards includes seven airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Cruise control with speed limiter, auto air conditioning, front and rear electric windows and projector headlamps. SZ-T adds Silver 17-inch alloy wheels, Smartphone Link Audio and Navigation system. For S-Cross models, a £2,500 Customer saving is included for Q4 when linked to a PCP agreement which reduces the list price of an SZ4 model down from £16,999 to £14,499. 48 monthly payments of £189 are required after a deposit of £2,621 and the optional final payment for this model S-Cross is £4,790. Continuation of Suzuki Scrappage Scheme. As part of Suzuki GB PLC’s ongoing commitment to promoting the benefits of ownership of new lower emission vehicles meeting Euro 6 legislation, the Suzuki Scrappage Scheme has recently been extended. This offers private retail new car buyers up to £2,000 off the price of selected new Suzuki models when they trade in a car registered before the end of 2009. Any make of petrol, diesel or hybrid car can be traded in although they must be pre-Euro 5 emissions standard. Furthermore, as part of the initiative, any model supplied by a customer needs to have been owned in their own name for at least 90 days and then in turn must be scrapped by the dealership via the industry recognised AutoGreen recycling channel. The scrappage savings cannot be combined with the latest Winter Suzuki new car offers which are available until 31st December 2017.  

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8th March 2017

SUZUKI AT THE 87TH GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW - UNVEIL OF ALL-NEW SWIFT

SUZUKI’S THIRD GENERATION COMPACT SUPERMINI All-new Swift – on sale in the UK and Republic of Ireland from June 2017. Up to 10 per cent lighter, 19 per cent more powerful and 8 per cent more fuel efficient than outgoing model. Available as a Five-door model only in SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5 grades; pricing to be announced in May 2017. 90hp 1.2-litre four cylinder Dualjet engine offers CO2 emissions of 98g/km and 65.7mpg for manual transmission model. 111PS 1.0-litre three cylinder Boosterjet turbo engine offers CO2 emissions of 104g/km and 61.4mpg for manual transmission model. Boosterjet engine now available with Suzuki’s SHVS mild hybrid system (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) offering CO2 emissions of 97g/km. Third all-new model utilising Suzuki’s ‘HEARTECT’ lightweight platform strategy – kerb weight of just 890kg for SZ3 model. Available with ALLGRIP ‘AUTO’ 4WD system. Global Swift sales of 5.4 million units since 2005 1 million sales in Europe since 2005, 127,000 in the UK. Manufactured for Europe at the Sagara plant in Japan. Following on from its launch in the Japanese domestic market late last year, Suzuki Motor Corporation now unveils the new European Swift at the Geneva Motor Show as its all-new global supermini. It carries forward the Swift DNA while adopting completely new styling and a performance-enhancing extremely light body with advanced safety technologies. The result is exterior European flair complemented by a sporty and functional interior, nimble and agile driving, and enhanced peace of mind. In addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size of just 3,840mm long, the new Swift  features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. The development goal was to create an all new hatchback styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki. Swift is a very popular and important car in the range and has reached 5.4 million sales globally in less than 12 years, faster than any other Suzuki model. New-generation platform ‘HEARTECT’Under the ‘SUZUKI NEXT 100’ plan announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, Suzuki  developed a new platform strategy for its future models and the Swift is now the third model (following Baleno and IGNIS) to adopt this new generation platform and be introduced in Europe. The new Swift rests on a new-generation platform “HEARTECT” that delivers enhanced fundamental vehicle performance due to being light and highly rigid. A comprehensive overhaul of the underbody’s structure and component layout resulted in the adoption of a highly rigid frame that enhances collision safety. This new platform or underbody of new Swift is now 30kg lighter than before which has contributed to the car registering a kerb weight of just 890kg (SZ3 model) - 120kg lighter overall for the whole car. The new Swift is 10mm shorter than the outgoing model, while its wheelbase is 20mm longer, creating more interior room including 25 per cent more luggage capacity at 254L, or 54 litres more than the outgoing model. It is also 15mm lower and 40mm wider, further accentuating its low and wide stance. Additionally, the European Swift has a wider front and rear track than the Japanese Domestic model. Key dimensions Length: 3,840mm Width: 1,735mm; Height: 1,495mm (2WD) 1,520mm (4WD) Wheelbase: 2,450mm; Track: front/rear: 1,520 – 1,530mm/1,520 – 1,525mm (Dependent on Grade / Tyre Size) Behind the New Swift: Aspects of Styling InnovationDevelopment of the new Swift’s exterior design was based on the concept of a “bold evolution of Swift’s DNA”. While resolute efforts were made so that the new Swift would inherit the model’s characteristic styling, elements that needed refreshing were boldly transformed to innovatively evolve the new car. Enhanced carry-over elements include strong shoulders, blacked-out A-pillars and vertically arranged front and rear lamps. Swift now offers a more emotional appearance together with a muscular and well-grounded look. The body is shorter, lower and wider, while a wide and aggressive front grille, supporting bumper grille character lines all express strength. The look of a low centre of gravity is further established by blacked-out pillars that create the appearance of a floating roof. Pillar-mounted door handles add both style and a sporty flair while a high-tech look comes in the form of LED signature illumination usedin the headlamps and rear-combination lamps (SZ5 model). Smarter packagingDuring interior design, lowering the seating positions has ensured sufficient head clearance (the same as for outgoing Swift for the front seats) and added 23mm vertical and lateral space for the rear seating positions. The front seats have been moved outwards by 10mm which has increased the centre-on-centre distance between them by 20mm. Other interior features include a centre console turned five degrees towards the driver, front seats with optimised shape and spring position with heightened side bolsters. The steering wheel is of new design ‘D’-shape section and an LED auto air conditioning panel is also fitted (SZ5 models): Adopting Suzuki’s new generation platform strategy minimised the size of the engine compartment which has enabled maximising the space available for cabin occupants and luggage. Development of New Swift - Put Through Its Paces in EuropeIn order to suit the needs of European customers, Suzuki knew that simply designing and developing the new Swift in Japan would not be sufficient. So it turned to the roads of Europe, where teams of local evaluation drivers helped to hone the new car. Testing of the chassis, which is the centrepiece of the new Swift’s evolution, commenced in January 2016 in the United Kingdom and Germany. Covering a total of more than 6,000 miles, the teams tested as many as 90 different suspension prototypes in an effort to meet the need for optimum steering feel together with providing supple and agile suspension for British roads. Specification HighlightsStandard equipment for all models in the range is comprehensive and the SZ3 model with 1.2-litre Dualjet engine and manual transmission will include six airbags, air conditioning, leather steering wheel, DAB radio with Bluetooth and four speakers, rear privacy glass, LED daytime running lights, 15-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors and front electric windows.    The SZ-T model available with 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine and manual transmission adds rear view camera, Smartphone link display audio, 16-inch alloy wheels and front fog lamps glass. SZ5 adds auto air conditioning, 16-inch polished alloy wheels, satellite navigation, Advanced forward detection system, keyless entry and start and rear electric windows, Boosterjet technology.After the debut of the 1.0-litre three cylinder Boosterjet in Baleno in June 2016 and S-Cross in October 2016, this engine technology is now extended to the new Swift. Offering the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (1.7-1.8-litre), it delivers an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure. This unit has an output of 111PS and is Direct Injection turbocharged (DITC). It is a very compact engine and offers 170Nm of torque available from 2,000rpm through to 3,500rpm for manual transmission. 1.2-litre DualjetSuzuki first introduced its 1.2-litre (K12C) Dualjet technlogy in 2014, initially in the Swift and then in Baleno in June 2016. In summary, Dualjet incorporates Suzuki’s renowned engine technology and uses twin fuel injectors for improved fuel economy. Utilising Dualjet design that positions the fuel injectors very close to the engine inlet valves allows for a finer fuel atomisation. The maximum power output is 90PS with a torque figure of 120Nm at 4,400rpm. Acceleration time to 62mph is 11.9 seconds for the SZ3 2WD and 12.6 seconds for the SHVS ALLGRIP equipped model.  SHVS.The SHVS mild hybrid system is a compact and lightweight system that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) which acts as both a generator and starter motor,  the ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking. In new Swift, SHVS is available together with Boosterjet for the first time and results in CO2 emissions as low as 97gkm. The energy assistance provided during acceleration enables the SHVS to be known as a mild hybrid system which is ideally suited to a compact car and adds just 6.2 kg to the overall weight. 4WD (ALLGRIP AUTO)The new Swift adopts Suzuki’s ALLGRIP ‘AUTO’ four-wheel drive system and is available as an option on the SZ5 model with 1.2-litre engine. First introduced in the previous generation Swift in 2014 this is a well proven and simple fully automatic and permanent four-wheel drive layout which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling.     Advanced Forward Detection SystemThe new Swift SZ5 features Suzuki’s first use of an advanced forward detection system that combines a monocular camera and a laser sensor for advanced safety functions, including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and high beam assist. It also uses millimetre-wave radar to enable adaptive cruise control. The advanced forward detection system monocular camera excels at mid to long distance detection and also recognition of traffic elements including pedestrians and lane markers. The laser sensor excels at monitoring shorter distance hazards and also night vision detection. Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) – SZ5 Grade.The advanced forward detection system supports numerous safety technologies, among which is collision-mitigating Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS). With DSBS, at vehicle speeds from approximately 3mph to 62mph and if the system determines a risk of collision with a forward obstacle, it issues both an audio and visual warning. If there is a high risk of collision with a forward obstacle and the driver panic brakes, the system deploys brake assist, increasing braking force. If the risk of a collision increases even more the system applies full automatic braking in an effort to avoid the collision or reduce damage. Advanced Multi-information display.The SZ5 model is equipped with a 4.2 inch high-definition colour LCD display that shows a range of information including engine output and torque data, fuel consumption, average speed, acceleration and brake operation as well as driving G-force tracking. For the SHVS model an energy flow diagram is also included. Display audio system with navigation and smartphone connectivityThe audio system for both SZ-T and SZ5 models has a Smartphone Linkage Display Audio  (SLDA) with a large seven inch touch panel display that enables intuitive operation and can also be used when wearing gloves. A three dimensional navigation map makes landmarks easy to distinguish and the system also allows the driver to use certain smartphone applications with MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connection. The all new Swift goes on sale in the UK on June 1st 2017.

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3rd February 2017

IGNIS – WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR 2017 FINALIST

Suzuki is well known as the ‘Small Car Experts’ and is pleased to announce that the recently launched IGNIS has made it as a finalist in the new Urban Car category of the 2017 World Car of The Year. To qualify for the initial judging process, vehicles had to be less than four metres long, suitable in design for everyday use in an urban environment and also on sale in two Continents by the deadline of Spring 2017. At 3.70 metres in length, the IGNIS Mini Crossover qualifed for judging and is now shortlisted with just four other new cars. The World Car of the Year judging panel comprises of 73 Automotive Industry journalists with eight of these representing the UK and Republic of Ireland. World Car of The Year (UK Vice-Chair) Mike Rutherford comments: "Suzuki has seen off many rival manufacturers from all corners of the globe to become a 2017 World Car finalist.  "As our 70-plus jurors have decided and as I have long suspected, Suzuki builds some of the finest small cars on the market - thus its official position as a finalist. The company may yet go on to lift the World Urban Car trophy at the New York International Motor Show in April." The new IGNIS was first launched in the Japanese domestic market, unveiled for Europe at the Paris Motor Show last Autumn and went on sale in January 2017. In addition to its stylish exterior design it features excellent visibility, compact dimensions and a spacious cabin with ample luggage space. The development goal was to create purely iconic crossover styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki. IGNIS is powered by a 90PS 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine and is available with optional ALLGRIP four wheel drive. It also offers optional SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology that lowers CO2 emissions to 97g/km. The IGNIS SZ5 model offers the latest in safety technology with stereo cameras monitoring the distance between the vehicle and other objects, as well as the shape of those objects. This new technology is the basis for three advanced safety functions: Dual Camera Brake Support (DCBS), Lane Departure Warning, and Weaving Alert. In the UK, IGNIS is already proving popular with sales of 560 in its first month.   

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13th January 2017

CELERIO – ‘BEST BUY’ CITY CAR AT WHAT CAR? AWARDS

First launched in the UK two years ago, the Suzuki Celerio has been awarded a ‘Best Buy’ accolade at the 2017 What Car? Awards held in London. At £6,999, the SZ2 model was comprehensively judged by the editorial team and announced as the best overall model in its price bracket of less than £8,000. Readers of What Car? regularly ask the team to assist with advice on their next new car and in the case of needing something small, cheap to buy and run and also easy to drive, Celerio is very high on the list. Commenting at the awards, Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car? said “Nothing else in this class offers so much for so little, just £7000 is enough to land you our lowest price point winner. At that price you’d expect an empty box on wheels, right? Wrong. This entry level SZ2 trim isn’t the plushest, but how about this lot: a height-adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel, split-folding rear seats, electric front windows, a DAB radio and six airbags? Best of all, you get a sprightly three-cylinder petrol engine that’ll easily whizz you around town, with enough in reserve for 70mph cruising on the motorway.  And it emits just 99g/km of CO2, so is exempt from road tax. Drivers can easily get comfy thanks to lots of seat adjustment, and it’s dead easy to see all the car’s corners when parking. There’s a surprising amount of space for all four passengers, and the boot is bigger than most city cars”. Celerio is proving to be very popular in the UK with more than 16,500 sold since launch and the SZ2 is available from just £79 per month with a PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) agreement from Suzuki Financial Services. The term is 48 months at 5.9 per cent APR and requires a deposit of £1,855 with an optional final payment of £2,228 to keep the car.

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6th December 2016

IGNIS: SUZUKI’S ALL-NEW GLOBAL COMPACT CROSSOVER

Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the new IGNIS for Europe at the 2016 Paris Motor Show as its new global compact crossover and it clearly demonstrates convenience and comfort in a stylish new exterior. It exudes Suzuki DNA from every pore, while at the same time introducing an entirely new design with unique character. In addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size of just 3,700mm long, the IGNIS  features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. The development goal was to create compact crossover styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki. Under the ‘SUZUKI NEXT 100’ plan announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, Suzuki  developed a new platform strategy for its future models and the IGNIS is the second model (following Baleno) with this new generation platform to be introduced in Europe. This new platform targets the reduction of weight as well as further increased rigidity and the lightest IGNIS model has a kerb weight of just 810kg. Exterior design The impressive shape of the IGNIS body begins with the distinctive front face that integrates the striking gaze of the LED headlamps and the strong lines of the front grille. It continues with the robust shoulders that suggest strength whilst utilising a simple design that at the same time presents a familiar, lovable expression. It also inherits the first-generation Cervo’s (SC100 Whizzkid ) slit-like ‘C’pillar design cues and also the Swift’s distinctive blacked out ‘A’ and ‘B’ pillar design. Interior design In addition to its simple yet unique design, the characteristic image of the IGNIS is further enhanced by its interior ambience. The round shape of its air-conditioning system’s panel and the advanced feel of its distinctive instrument cluster design combine to give the cabin environment a futuristic look. Depending on the choice of exterior colour, orange and metallic titanium accent colours add an extra touch of quality to the cabin and help establish an active image that befits a crossover. Capacity Adopting Suzuki’s new generation platform strategy minimised the size of the engine compartment which has enabled maximising the space available for cabin occupants and luggage. Within its compact body size, IGNIS features a roomy and comfortable cabin with ample space between occupants, ample headroom and legroom contributing to its relaxing environment. Another feature is large-capacity luggage space of 267L (SZ3), (204L for ALLGRIP model utilising a rear differential). It also adopts sliding rear seat functionality that, combined with the ability to fold down the rear seatbacks, makes it possible to accommodate a wide variety of luggage. Specification Highlights Standard equipment for all Ignis models in the range is comprehensive and the SZ3 model includes six airbags, air conditioning, DAB radio with Bluetooth, 15-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors, front electric windows and five seat capacity.  SZ-T adds satellite navigation, rear view camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, wheel arch extensions and four seat capacity with individually sliding rear seats. SZ5 adds auto air conditioning, Dual Camera Brake Support, keyless entry and start, rear electric windows, LED Headlghts with DRL and front foglamps. IGNIS is available in one solid colour, five optional metallic colours and five two tone colours whereby the roof colour on all is Super Pearl Black Metallic.   Suzuki first introduced its 1.2-litre Dualjet technlogy (K12C) in 2014, initially in the Swift, and then utilised in the Baleno SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) in June 2016. In summary, Dualjet incorporates Suzuki’s engine technology and uses twin fuel injectors for improved fuel economy. Dualjet design positions the fuel injectors very close to the engine inlet valves which allows for a finer fuel atomisation (or mixture). Available on the SZ5 manual model, the SHVS mild hybrid is a compact and lightweight unit that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) which acts as both a generator and starter motor, the ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking. The SHVS system only uses its conventional engine starter motor when first started from cold, under all other conditions it uses the ISG unit to allow smooth and quiet engine restarts. The energy assistance provided during acceleration enables the SHVS to be known as a mild hybrid system which is ideally suited to a compact car and adds just 6.2kg to the overall weight. In the new IGNIS the SHVS system helps Suzuki reach a top class CO2 emissions figure of 97g/km plus achieve a fuel consumption figure of 65.7mpg on the EC combined cycle for the 2WD model. 4WD (ALLGRIP AUTO) The new IGNIS adopts Suzuki’s ALLGRIP ‘AUTO’ four-wheel drive system and is available on the SZ5 model. First introduced in Swift, this is a well proven and simple fully automatic and permanent four-wheel drive layout which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling.    Enhancements to the IGNIS ALLGRIP system include Hill Descent Control and Grip Control. Grip Control activates on slippery surfaces at speeds of less than 18mph. Once switched on by the driver, it focuses torque on the driven wheels that have grip and will quickly apply braking to the wheel that is spinning. Safety equipment The IGNIS adopts Suzuki‘s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) concept that provides a high level of collision safety. Some of the features include collapsible structures that absorb impact energy in the event of a collision, a frame structure that effectively disperses impact energy, and rigid cabin structure. As an additional safety feature on the SZ5 model, Dual Camera Brake Support (DCBS) is fitted which utilises stereo cameras located on each side of the drivers interior rear view mirror. These function in a similar way to the human eye and detect lane markings as well as objects ahead (including pedestrians) and also their distance away. This new feature has enabled the IGNIS SZ5 to be awarded Five Stars in the latest NCAP tests. Convenience The IGNIS SZ3 model has a fixed rear seat and the luggage area has a capacity of 267 litres (VDA) with the rear seat in its upright position. On SZ-T and SZ5 models the two individual rear seats can slide 165mm to provide either greater luggage capacity or more rear passenger leg room; additionally, the seat backrests have a two position recline function. The luggage capacity increases to 514 litres with both rear seats folded and can be as high as 1,100 litres if fully loaded to the roof line. 

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15th November 2016

SUZUKI PICKS UP ANOTHER GREEN APPLE

Award for Celerio from The Green Organisation The Celerio Dualjet has won another accolade at the annual Green Apple Environmental Awards held at the House of Commons on 11th November. The awards, organised by The Green Organisation cover many different industries and the Automotive category is judged by the Midland Group of Motoring Writers. Chairman of the Midland Group, Ian Donaldson comments: “This is the sixth year we have saluted the greenest cars you can buy and, crucially, enjoy owning and driving. Our prize winners are chosen by our 27 members whose words are read across 400 media outlets both in print and online all over the UK and beyond”. Launched in the UK in February 2015, the supermini champion for 2016 is the car that was runner-up last year - in the shape of the petrol powered Suzuki Celerio Dualjet. The Celerio was again up against some strong competition and impressed the judges with one commenting "It is a remarkably driveable and economical city car."     Priced at £8,649, the Celerio with its 1.0-litre Dualjet petrol engine enables it to attain 78.4mpg on the EC Combined fuel consumption cycle and achieve very low CO2 emissions of just 84g/km. Dualjet technology positions the fuel injectors very close to the engine inlet valves and allows for a finer fuel atomisation (or mixture) which in turn provides a more effective transfer into the cylinder.  For customers looking at a low deposit together with a low monthly payment option, Celerio is available with a range of highly competitive Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) offers until the end of 2016. As an example, the SZ2 at £6,999 is available for a deposit of £1,912 followed by 48 monthly payments of just £79 and an optional final payment of £2,322 to own the car. The SZ3 Dualjet model is available for a deposit of £2,168 with 48 monthly payments of £105 and a final optional payment of £2,718. With its high levels of standard equipment, low cost of ownership and generous interior and luggage space the Celerio is proving very popular with UK customers with over 15,000 sold to date since launch.

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16th June 2016

VITARA S – ULTRALIGHT TOW CAR 2016 :  Suzuki is very pleased to announce that Vitara S has been voted the winner of the Ultralight category at the Tow Car Awards 2016. Suzuki introduced the 1.4-litre Boosterjet  model in January which provides a more sporting and dynamic character to the Vitara line up and it was this latest model that really impressed the judges.   Commenting on the award, David Motton, Tow Car Editor of Practical Caravan magazine said; “We were thoroughly impressed with the Vitara diesel we tested last year, and this year's petrol powered Vitara S is light enough to be considered an ultralight tow car. For a car which barely weighs more than 1.2 tonnes, stability at speed was excellent. The Suzuki pulled its trailer to 60mph and well beyond without any waywardness. The S is powered by a turbocharged petrol engine which performs well, pulling the trailer from 30-60mph in 14.4 seconds. Turbocharging helps give more mid-range pull than you get from most petrols, making for an engine that's surprisingly well suited to towing lightweight trailers and micro-caravans. So, your £20k buys lots of kit, impressive stability and four-wheel drive. That makes the Vitara a worthy winner of this year's 'Best Ultralight Tow Car' award”. Dale Wyatt, Sales and Marketing Director, Suzuki GB PLC added; “This is another fantastic  accolade for us at Suzuki; our compact and lightweight SUV is proving to be really popular on the roads now with around 11,000 sold since launch last year. Vitara is available from £13,999 for the 1.6-litre SZ4 model with manual transmission; the SZ5 model is available with either a 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6 diesel engine and offers ALLGRIP four wheel drive as an option. The 1.4-litre turbo-charged S model tested in the competition offers ALLGRIP as standard equipment. Vitara is rated one of Europe‘s safest cars according to independent crash testing results from Euro NCAP, and received the maximum 5-star rating. Vitara was also the first compact SUV to earn five stars in the more rigorous 2015 Euro NCAP testing programme which reinforces its exemplary safety.

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19th May 2016

VITARA – HONEST JOHN CAR OF THE YEAR :  Suzuki is very pleased to announce that Vitara has been voted the overall winner at the 2016 Honest John Awards held in London. Since its launch just 12 months ago in the UK, Vitara has proved to be very popular and was voted as the top choice by readers of honestjohn.co.uk. It was also voted as the Most Popular Crossover, again by the regular readers of the website which has more than 4,400 owner reviews posted and 2.27 million visitors to its new car reviews pages (measured between April 2015 and April 2016). Suzuki introduced the 1.4-litre Boosterjet S model in January 2016 which provides a more sporting and dynamic character to the Vitara line up. It was this new model that further increased the high popularity of Vitara amongst their readers.  Additionally, the informative and light hearted Vitara video made by honestjohn.co.uk last year is their most popular review to date, having been viewed over 250,000 times. Commenting on the awards, Daniel Harrison, editor of honestjohn.co.uk, said: “Our readers tell us that they want cars that are practical, well built and honest when it comes to fuel consumption.  Vitara offers all of that with a dash of style and sense of occasion. It’s no surprise that it’s been such a hit on the site. The addition of the state-of-the-art Boosterjet petrol engine earlier this year was the icing on the cake and another reason for us to recommend what is a great all-rounder. This has been the most popular car of the past 12 months with our users and, from the feedback we’ve had so far, it has every reason to be our Car of the Year.” Dale Wyatt, Sales and Marketing Director, Suzuki GB PLC, added: “This really is a fantastic achievement for us at Suzuki; our compact and lightweight SUV is proving to be really popular on the roads now with 10,000 sold since launch last year. It’s great news for us that so many of our customers have voted for it on honestjohn.co.uk. “Our research shows that over 65 per cent of prospective customers who test drive a Vitara will purchase one. This is certainly reflected in the great comments by Honest John users that they made the right decision.” Vitara is available from £13,999 for the 1.6-litre SZ4 model with manual transmission, the SZ5 model is available with either a 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6 diesel engine and offers ALLGRIP four wheel drive as an option. The 1.4-litre turbo-charged S model offers ALLGRIP as standard equipment. The Vitara is rated one of Europe‘s safest cars according to independent crash testing results from Euro NCAP, and received the maximum 5-star rating. Vitara was also the first compact SUV to earn five stars in the more rigorous 2015 Euro NCAP testing programme which reinforces the exemplary level of safety of the model.

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19th May 2016

BALENO - SUZUKI’S ALL NEW HATCHBACK FOR A NEW ERA :  All-new Baleno hatchback model – on sale in the UK from 1 June 2016. New 1.0-litre three cylinder engine – second application of Suzuki’s new Boosterjet technology. 111PS Direct Injection Turbo-charged engine (DITC) offers a wide spread of torque. available from just 2,000rpm with CO2 emissions of 105g/km for manual transmission model. Launch of Suzuki’s first mild hybrid system - four cylinder 1.2-litre SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) offering latest mild hybrid and Dualjet technology with CO2 emissions of 94g/km. EC Combined fuel consumption of 64.2mpg for Boosterjet model with manual transmssion, 70.6mpg for SHVS model. Six airbags, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, air conditioning and DAB Radio fitted as standard on all models. Radar Brake Support and Adaptive Cruise Control fitted as standard to SZ5 grade. Priced from £12,999 for SZ-T 1.0­-Litre Boosterjet and £13,499 for SZ5 1.2-litre SHVS version. Suzuki is well known globally for its expertise in small cars and the new Baleno hatchback is its latest example. Since launching its first car in 1955, the Suzulight, Suzuki has produced a vast range of significant models each tailored to the needs of its time. A larger car than Swift at 3.99 metres long, Baleno offers a more rational choice for buyers looking for extra interior space and larger boot capacity but may not be looking to move up in size to a Vitara or S-Cross. Baleno offers the best tandem distance in its class which is the measurement taken between the front and rear seats. The Baleno is produced in India where Suzuki has a long established reputation and a major presence for more than 30 years. In 2015, 1.3 million cars were manufactured in Suzuki’s two Indian plants and the current share for the passenger vehicle market is a very impressive 48 per cent (April 2016). Specification Highlights Standard equipment for all Baleno models in the range is comprehensive and the SZ-T model (Available with 1.0-litre Boosterjet) includes six airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, air conditioning, satellite navigation, DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, rear privacy glass, cruise control with speed limiter and front electric windows.   SZ5 (Boosterjet and SHVS model) adds automatic climate control, rear electric windows, 4.2 inch central colour trip display, LED rear lights, Adaptive Cruise Control and Radar Brake Support. Pricing for the Baleno range is as follows: SZ-T 1.0-litre Boosterjet M/T £12,999SZ5 1.0-litre Boosterjet M/T £13,999SZ5 1.0-litre Boosterjet A/T     £15,349SZ5 1.2–litre SHVS M/T  £13,499With the increasing popularity of Personal Contract Purchase to new car buyers, the new Baleno is available from launch with an attractive PCP offer. Taking the SZ-T model as an example, the offer comprises of a Nil customer deposit, £1,000 deposit contribution from Suzuki followed by 48 monthly payments of £199. Payments can also be reduced to just £159 over the same period if a deposit of £1,679 is made. As is normal with a PCP arrangement, a final payment is required to keep the car and the APR is 5.9 per cent. Boosterjet Engine After the debut of Boosterjet in the Vitara S in January 2016, the engine technology continues for the Baleno model with an all new 1.0-litre three cylinder version. Offering the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (1.8-litre), it delivers an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure. This unit has an output of 111PS and is also Direct Injection turbocharged (DITC). The new engine has very compact dimensions and offers 170Nm of torque available from 2,000rpm through to 3,5000rpm. The optional six speed automatic transmission equipped model offers 160Nm of torque and is available slightly earlier at just 1,500rpm through to 4,000rpm. Boosterjet technology is developed by Suzuki and is characterised by improved fuel efficiency and driving pleasure made possible by using a small displacement, high torque turbocharger. Historically, power and torque delivery from a turbo-charged engine would not have been available until much higher engine speeds, offering less flexibility to the driver. The 1.0-litre engine offers strong benefits in performance too with 0-62mph acceleration time of 11.4 seconds with manual transmission and 11.0 seconds for the optional automatic model. 1.2-litre Dualjet with SHVS Suzuki first introduced its Dualjet technlogy in 2014, initially in the 1.2-litre Swift (K12C) and then more recently in the 1.0-litre Celerio (K10C). This technology is now utilised for the four cylinder 1.2-litre Baleno and includes the addition of SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki). The SHVS mild hybrid system is a compact and lightweight system that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) which acts as both a generator and starter motor,  the ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking. The system also uses a compact lithium-ion battery placed under the front passenger seat to store energy and incorporates an idle stop function operated via the Integrated Start Generator. The SHVS system only uses its conventional engine starter motor when first started from cold, under all other conditions it uses the higher voltage ISG unit to allow smooth and quiet engine restarts. In the new Baleno the SHVS system helps Suzuki reach a top class CO2 emissions figure of 94g/kmplus achieve a fuel consumption figure of 70.6mpg on the EC combined cycle. New Platform Strategy Under the ‘SUZUKI NEXT 100’ plan announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, Suzuki has developed a new platform strategy for its future models and the Baleno is the first with this new generation platform to be introduced in Europe. The lightweight highly rigid body structure has been achieved by extensive use of 980MPa and 780MPa High Tensile steel sheeting. The body frame has smooth curving lines with fewer joints that enable reductions in required reinforcements. This structure is not only lighter but disperses collision force energy more efficiently and improves overall crash safety. As a result of this development, Baleno is the most aerodynamically efficient Suzuki to date with a Cd figure of just 0.299. Active safety equipment The Baleno’s active safety equipment includes a Radar Brake Support (RBS) system on SZ5 models.  When travelling above approximately 3mph and the system detects a risk of collision with the vehicle in front, it warns the driver to apply the brakes. At higher speeds and if it senses the possibility of a collision, it warns the driver with a buzzer and also via a notification on the multi information display. The RBS system fitted as standard on the SZ5 model monitors the road ahead by means of milliwave radar. The radar technology enables it to work even at high speeds, in darkness, and in rain or other bad weather. The system prevents or mitigates a collision by means of three functions which are Warning, Brake Asssist and Automatic Braking. Display audio system with navigation and smartphone connectivity The audio system for both SZ-T and SZ5 models has a Smartphone Linkage Display Audio  (SLDA) with a large seven inch touch panel display that enables intuitive operation and can also be used when wearing gloves.  A three dimensional navigation map makes landmarks easy to distinguish and the system also allows the driver to use certain smartphone applications with MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay connection. Apple CarPlay is the smarter and safer way to use iPhone in the Baleno. Apart from making  calls it also facilitates receiving directions for optimised traffic conditions, listening to music, accessing email, text messages and more.

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20th April 2016

SUZUKI EXPANDS MERCHANDISE RANGE FOR 2016 :  Suzuki has launched its new clothing range for 2016, which sees a number of new lines added, including new additions to its in-vogue heritage collection. Styling cues taken from mainstream fashion set the Suzuki collection apart from traditional branded apparel and the popular heritage range has been expanded with new t-shirts and a retro jacket. The Urban Classics collection is new for 2016 and includes t-shirts, shirts, hoodies and hats with an urban-led design and subtle Suzuki branding. ‘Anybody can wear anything’ was a key concept throughout the development process which will broaden the appeal of Suzuki clothing beyond the more traditional Suzuki fan base. The clothing range was designed by a European team of designers and takes inspiration from Suzuki’s rich Japanese roots and heritage combining this with a European take on fashion. Suzuki GB’s Merchandise Co-ordinator, Faye Ball, said, “We’re really excited about this year’s collection and the new lines that we’ve added. We’ve bolstered our heritage line-up, which has proven to be a really popular collection every year, but all of our additional items across the whole range mean we can offer customers even more choice and variety, whether they’re after a casual jacket or a smarter shirt.” The new clothing range is available to order through all authorised Suzuki dealerships, as well as online from the Suzuki GB website www.suzuki.co.uk/cars/owners  and from Suzuki’s own eBay store www.suzuki.co.uk/cars/ebay.

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