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Innovative Gas-Electric Concept Leads Automaker’s U.S. Advanced Propulsion Strategy

NEW YORK (April 20, 2011) – American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) unveiled a gas-electric concept variant of its Kizashi sedan at the company's 2011 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) press conference this evening. With the moniker Kizashi EcoCharge Concept, this innovative and eyecatching four-door further illustrates Suzuki's global eco-mobility story, and accentuates the company’s effort in socially-conscious motoring. “We are continuing to study the virtues of the gas-electric technology found in the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept,” said Steve Younan, director of automotive marketing and product planning for American Suzuki Motor Corporation. “Our basic concept was to attain substantial gains in fuel economy without the traditional sacrifices in drivability required with today’s mid-size hybrid sedans. The proof of our concept is that the Kizashi EcoCharge has the capability to deliver a 25% fuel economy gain in real-world driving through an electric charge to the powertrain system while still retaining the production Kizashi’s dynamic handling and braking advantages that make it a standout category performer.”

Kizashi Powertrain Electrification
The Kizashi EcoCharge Concept derives power from a 2.0-litre inline-four gasoline engine, working in tandem with an advanced electric propulsion system, which consists of a liquid-cooled 15-kW motor/generator unit tied to a 115-volt air-cooled lithium-ion battery. The combination optimises fuel economy and delivers an electric power boost during acceleration for a more spirited driving experience. The Kizashi EcoCharge Concept delivers a 25% lift to highway fuel economy over today’s Kizashi.

To help maximise efficiency, the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept also utilises numerous fuel-conserving technologies, including regenerative braking, automatic engine shut-off when the car comes to a stop, fuel cut-off during deceleration events and low-rolling resistance tyres Power management is provided via an advanced six-speed automatic transmission designed for smooth operation and a seamless flow of power when called upon by the driver.

Simple, But Striking Exterior Styling
The exterior of the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept is highlighted by a unique luminescent white satin paint design with a subtle blue undercoat. To further set the concept apart from its production Kizashi sibling, it has been given a specialised headlight treatment, as well as LED foglight illumination integrated into the front fascia. The lightweight aluminium wheels communicate a futuristic feel, and are wrapped in lowrolling resistance tires.

Eco-friendly Interior
Within, the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept utilises advanced seat materials. These materials require 84 percent less energy to produce, and create 80 percent fewer emissions than virgin material production.

Kizashi EcoCharge Concept Specifications

Engine
Type: J20B DOHC I-4
Displacement (cu in / cc): 1,998
Valvetrain: Intake-VVT
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 144 / 106 @ 6500 rpm
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm) 127 / 173 @ 4500 rpm
Fuel economy target (Hwy): 25% improvement over production Kizashi

Transmission
Type: 6-speed automatic

Electric Drive System
Type: Belt-driven, liquid-cooled induction motor/generator unit and lithium-ion battery system; air-cooled power electronics and battery pack
Maximum electric generating power: 15 kW @ 1,570-3,180 rpm
Maximum electric motor power (electric assist): 15 hp / 11.2kW @ 1000-2200 rpm
Lithium-ion battery: 115V, 0.5-kWh, 15 kW peak power

2011 Suzuki Auto Product Line
Suzuki is proud to offer the most affordable all-wheel drive lineup available in the U.S. and maintains a versatile collection of vehicles that fit most lifestyles and budgets, including the automobile voted the most satisfying car in America, the performance oriented Kizashi sport sedan; the most affordable car in America with standard navigation, the SX4 Sport 4-door; the most affordable all-wheel drive vehicle in America, the SX4 Crossover; the Grand Vitara, featuring 4-Mode 4WD providing true off-road capability, and the award-winning Equator truck. Every vehicle in the line provides Suzuki’s standout virtues of durability, leading-edge style and high content at a competitive price. All 2011 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America’s #1 Warranty: a 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully-transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.

About Suzuki Auto
The Brea, Calif.-based Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation was founded in 1963 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of approximately 300 automotive dealerships and numerous other motorcycle, ATV and marine distributors in 49 states. With global headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle and outboard motor manufacturer. In 2010, SMC sold more than 2.5 million new cars and trucks and more than 2.8 million motorcycles and ATVs. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 193 countries and regions. For more information, visit www.media.suzukiauto.com. Suzuki can also be found on Twitter (@SuzukiAuto), Facebook (www.Facebook.com/SuzukiAuto) and YouTube (www.YouTube.com/SuzukiAutomotive).