Saturday, January 9, 2010

Suzuki Swift: rally-proven sporty sub-compact

A proven winner not only in the racing scene through its Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) wins, but also in automotive showrooms through outstanding sales in Europe, Japan and other global markets, the Suzuki Swift is a smart choice for the up and coming iconoclast out to make a statement.

Development of the JWRC Swift started in 2004, with the Swift Super 1600 debuting in the JWRC Rally Finland in 2005. In 2006, the Suzuki Swift Super won five out of nine events and was acclaimed as the best Super 1600 car. In 2007, the Suzuki Swift Super, driven by Per-Gunnar Andersson won the JWRC championship.


On the sales front, the Suzuki Swift has been introduced as a global car, with production bases in Hungary, India, Japan and China. Sales figures in Japan and many European markets have exceeded forecast, making the Suzuki Swift a runaway success. It has received a four-star rating (out of five) in the EuroNCAP crash tests.

Sporting a 1500cc DOHC 16-valve VVT (variable valve timing) engine, that delivers maximum power of 110hp @ 6000rpm, the Suzuki Swift strikes the optimum balance between power and fuel efficiency. Excellent handling ability marks the Suzuki Swift’s JWRC heritage, with McPherson strut front suspensions and torsion beam rear suspensions ensuring a stable and comfortable ride. Power-assisted steering and small 4.7m turning radius make the car a breeze to drive and park in tight city streets. Front ventilated disc and rear drum brakes ensure stopping power. Passenger safety is further assured with dual airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, side impact beams, and 3-point ELR seatbelts.

The JWRC-homologated body of the Suzuki Swift features an aerodynamic and distinctively sporty design that is sure to turn heads. Multi-reflector halogen headlamps, front foglamps, side marker lamps, color-keyed side mirrors and door handles create a racy profile when matched with low profile tires mounted on 15-inch alloy wheels.

A sophisticated instrument panel includes the usual tachometer and digital trip meter, and mounted on the dashboard are the digital clock, outside temperature and fuel consumption meter. The plush 3-spoke leather steering wheel with audio switches conveys a touch of luxury for driving pleasure.

Despite its rally heritage, the young urbanite will delight in the comfort and convenience features of the Suzuki Swift. Power windows, power side mirrors, a pollen filter, keyless entry, and an integrated audio system with in-dash CD and 6-speakers come standard in this sporty sub-compact.

The cabin is surprisingly roomy, belying its 3695mm x 1690mm x 1500mm (L x W x H) dimensions. Comfortably seating 5 adults, the rear seats can be folded down to create additional cargo space. Small items can be stored in front and rear cupholders, passenger seat back pocket, and passenger seat under tray.

In the Philippines, the Suzuki Swift is available in manual transmission, priced at P730,000, and automatic transmission retailing for P 770,000. Catering to the young, sporty individual, it is offered in five color choices including pearl supreme red, silky silver metallic, pearl white, bluish black pearl and kashmir blue.

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