We are pleased to inform you that Suzuki will have a major presence at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show, which will be held from 24 October to 11 November 2007 at the Makuhari Messe (Nippon Convention Center) in Chiba Prefecture.
The Suzuki automobile stand will have a “Small Cars for a Big Future” theme reflecting the huge future possibilities that we envisage for compact cars. Each of our exhibits will embody the unique spirit and technological prowess that have made Suzuki the leading name in compact-car design and production.
Our automobile press briefing is scheduled to take place at 14:30 JST (GMT+9:00) on 24 October. A brief preview of some of the vehicles we will be presenting is given in this release.
Concept Kizashi 2
After wowing the car world with the Concept Kizashi at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, Suzuki will be unveiling the Concept Kizashi 2, a crossover sports wagon whose design conveys the dynamism of a top athlete and inspires a powerful sense of excitement.
Conceived for energetic people in activities ranging from business to leisure, the Concept Kizashi 2 has an emotionally appealing shape that reflects a dual focus on status and vitality in a way that generates excitement about its performance and heightens the pleasure of ownership.
Under the bonnet, a 3.6L V6 engine – the highest-displacement engine ever used by Suzuki – is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission for powerful-feeling acceleration and class-eclipsing performance during high-speed cruising. For superior environmental performance, Suzuki is pursuing solutions such as hybrid technologies.
Sustainable Mobility (PIXY + SSC “Suzuki Sharing Coach”)
Suzuki has a new people-centred vehicle concept called Sustainable Mobility, which is realised by a one-person low-speed transport device called the PIXY and a minicar-based mobility unit called the SSC, which forms an automobile when the PIXY is paired with it. The PIXY and SSC together deliver personal, shareable urban transportation in line with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Next-Generation Vehicle and Fuel Initiative, which is aimed at realising the world’s most people-centred motorised society.
The PIXY is a one-person transport device based on a concept of “friendly” mobility. Moving at low speeds on footpaths and inside buildings, it’s enjoyably easy to operate even for people who can’t drive conventional cars. It can be paired with the SSC for even greater possibilities.
The SSC is a minicar-based mobility unit with which the PIXY is mated to form an automobile. It can hold a maximum of two PIXYs. It’s not the only type of unit with which the PIXY can be coupled; to accommodate other lifestyle situations, the PIXY can also be paired with a sports-car unit called the SSF and with a boat unit called the SSJ. The result is an entirely new kind of personal mobility and sharing system.
The X-HEAD is a cross-utility vehicle that offers unprecedented possibilities. With DNA reflecting the rough-road performance and toughness of the Jimny and Grand Vitara (Escudo) and the load-carrying capability of the Carry, it’s the epitome of functional dependability and fun. Its name signifies diverse new potential for accommodating the lifestyles and priorities of users.
A key feature of the X-HEAD is that it can hold various load-bed units for diverse purposes. For instance, it can hold a unit called the Camper, which allows two adults to sleep in comfort, a unit called the Fashion, which provides stylish urban mobility, or a unit called the Rescue, which is designed for rescue operations in a wide range of road conditions.
The PALETTE is a minicar that’s aimed at parents who cherish time with their children and at youngsters who like having fun with friends. Combining emotionally appealing styling with a cabin that’s roomy enough for four people, it delivers a level of comfort that’s unprecedented among minivehicles. Plus, it has revolutionary packaging in which left- and right-hand powered sliding doors and a low, flat floor promote convenience for diverse lifestyle situations.
Overseas Production Model
The Splash is a world strategic model to be launched by Suzuki in Europe scheduled for spring 2008 to enhance its sales potential of the compact-car segment. Aimed at families who enjoy active lifestyles, it combines an exciting colour scheme with a fresh design and an enjoyable driving experience.
SX4 WRC 2007
The SX4 WRC is ready for its debut in the Rallye de France, where it will make its first run under real competition conditions. It will later run in the Wales Rally GB – its last test before Suzuki begins its first full World Rally Championship season in January 2008.