Suzuki’s new-generation platform is designed to efficiently increase rigidity while reducing weight via a fundamental redesign of the underbody’s structure and also optimising overall vehicle design, including parts mounted on the underbody. This improves fuel efficiency, safety, handling, stability, and NVH performance across the board. Moreover, Suzuki will streamline development by consolidating its existing four platforms to three and modularizing functional components. This will enable bringing out new cars in a more efficient way that can be tailored to fast-changing market demand. The new-generation platform is used for the iM-4 and iK-2.
The new BOOSTERJET 1.0 litre direct-injection turbo engine
The Boosterjet 1.0 litre direct-injection turbo engine newly developed by Suzuki saves fuel while delivering driving pleasure. Fuel efficiency has been improved by reducing engine displacement, and output and torque are boosted with a turbocharger. In addition to fulfilling fuel efficiency and dynamic performance expectations, the layout has been optimised and various technologies used to reduce weight in order to meet the rigorous size and weight requirements specific to compact cars. The BOOSTERJET engine is installed in the iK-2.
Innovative SHVS mild hybrid system
The SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki), Suzuki’s new mild hybrid system incorporating an ISG (integrated starter generator), provides engine power assistance using the motor and achieves efficient power regeneration. The SHVS system used for the iM-4 also features lithium-ion batteries. Coupled with a newly-developed high-efficiency ISG, this regenerative braking system is the perfect hybrid system for a compact car. As well as improving fuel efficiency, it also keeps down the size, weight, and cost.
Suzuki’s worldwide automobile sales for January-December were 2,877 thousand units, up 7% year-on-year. In Europe sales increased from last year to 199,571 units. As for the future, Suzuki will further expand its large share in Asia and cultivate markets in emerging countries, as well as boost sales in Europe. This will be achieved by developing and rolling out new models that meet the design, driving performance, eco-friendliness, and safety requirements of the highly sophisticated automobile market here.
Sales in Europe
The S-CROSS was introduced in 2013, followed last year by the Celerio, and this year the Vitara will go on sale.
Since debuting in 1988, the Vitara series has earned an enviable reputation as a car that has a stylish design that looks great in the city. It has a compact, easy-to-handle size, a comfortable on-road ride, and real off-road performance. Its urban look and on- and off-road performance have made it a particular favourite in Europe, where 1,124 thousand units have been sold to date. In its latest incarnation and as unveiled last year at the Paris Motor Show, the Vitara is a new kind of SUV: personalisable to match each driver’s individual tastes to meet today’s needs, yet offering superb 4WD performance and driving confidence thanks to Suzuki’s latest ALLGRIP 4WD system, plus advanced safety features. The new model will go on sale this spring with an annual target of 70,000 units. Suzuki will continue introducing new models each year in Europe, proposing drivers new values of compact cars.
Suzuki Motor Corporation
3 March 2015