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Suzuki Announces Two Revals For New York

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Suzuki Announces Two Revals For New York

William Maley - Editor/Reporter - CheersandGear.com

March 25, 2011

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Suzuki's has announced two global reveals for the New York Auto Show in April. One of the reveals will be an updated Suzuki Kizashi. Suzuki says the updates will take the “Kizashi to the next level.” Its possible the update will bring a turbocharged engine which would help one of the big problems with current car, not having a powerful engine. Suzuki will also premiere a second model, but no one knows what it could be. Our guess, either a production version of the Swift or a concept of the Grand Vitara.

Source: Left Lane News

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Cool. Daewoo products nearly ruined Suzuki in the US (thanks to GM). I wish them a bright future. The wildcard is VW's dalliance with them right now.

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this is news to me!!!!!!!!!!! lmao. lots of the zashi fans (all 6 of them) are hoping a turbo is part of the mix.

a factory turbo kit though would mean the trans and drivetrain would need to be capable of handling the extra power while retaining the world's best warranty of 7 years, 100k miles on the powertrain. with no deductible and fully transferrable to the next owner. does that sound like something that would be of interest to you?

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fine. then stuff your big fatt butt in the trunk of your mini (if it even fits) and go drive off to metrosexualand from whence u came

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Just answering your question. Could it be that Suzuki has such low sales due to the antics of their salesmen?

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Just answering your question. Could it be that Suzuki has such low sales due to the antics of their salesmen?

Unlikely since so few people have actually met one.

I really liked the Kazashi when I checked it out on the NY Auto show floor, but I've yet to drive one. I should send a note to Suzuki to see if I can get a press car.

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Just answering your question. Could it be that Suzuki has such low sales due to the antics of their salesmen?

I suppose vaulting oneself on the hood of passersby (all 3 or 4 of them) after awhile probably does generate a bad rep.......

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Just answering your question. Could it be that Suzuki has such low sales due to the antics of their salesmen?

Unlikely since so few people have actually met one.

I really liked the Kazashi when I checked it out on the NY Auto show floor, but I've yet to drive one. I should send a note to Suzuki to see if I can get a press car.

I can look into that. I met one of the reps but I am not sure if there is even a press fleet.

Our problem, getting butts in to look at them.

At the auto show the response to the car in person is overwhelmingly positive.

If the car had another badge on it it would be successful.

I think it would have made a nice Sebring and stratus.

The car itself needs a little more sound attenuation. Lots of folks said they wanted more power. The turbo will take care of that. There will always be folks who won't want a CVT. I think a few cosmetic and option tweaks would be nice.

The car drives fantastic in GTS and SLS trim for a bread and butter car.

Where accords an camrys have gone old and soft, this car fills the void. It's not for everyone and I totally understand the hesitation regarding the brand presence etc.

As a product it's well done. At least those that do have one will be happy with it. The turbo takes away the power objection.

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I would have one myself right now if I could swing it.....either the kizashi or a cruze Eco manual.

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How many people keep their cars for 7 years? And how many people only drive 14,000 miles a year to stretch that warranty out? Hyundai made the warranty schtick work by advertising the hell out of it. I'm not sure Suzuki has an advertising agency.

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I would say a lot more people today are keeping their cars longer.

A lot of people only drive 10,000 to 12,000 miles a year. On the CR-V, Albert typically does around 11,000 a year. He's put 25,000 miles on it in the 3.5 years we've been together.

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People have been driving less in the depressed economy, but I still don't know many people who buy a car new and keep it 7 years. Depending on circumstances it can be very easy to drive fewer than 10,000 miles a year, or it can be nearly impossible to keep it under 20,000

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Which is why every car purchase needs to suit the individual buyer. See the XTS thread.... I'd love an XTS, but apparently I'm a fool for being interested in buying one because I'd never get it around the Nürburgring faster than an M5.

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The Kizashi has 4 wheels, just like an M5, therefore its as good.

I think the biggest reason Suzuki and Mitsubishi are going to be gone soon is that they don't offer anything special. For a while in the 90's Suzuki had the original cute ute while Mitsubishi had a decent rice rocket. Now though, they just do what everyone else does, but do it with $159/month leases.

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The Kizashi has 4 wheels, just like an M5, therefore its as good.

I think the biggest reason Suzuki and Mitsubishi are going to be gone soon is that they don't offer anything special. For a while in the 90's Suzuki had the original cute ute while Mitsubishi had a decent rice rocket. Now though, they just do what everyone else does, but do it with $159/month leases.

The Kizashi has a chance especially in the northeast. The ability to flip AWD on and off as needed is compelling. Only Subaru offers AWD in this size car for that price.

If Suzuki offers that "AWD on demand" feature across their lineup, that could really be their "thing" that sets them apart.

I pretty much agree on Mitsubishi. They really don't have much of a chance now. They'll survive on crossovers a couple more years, give another try at a mid-sized sport sedan, fail, and throw in the towel.

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Nobody knows they offer AWD and even I'd they did most Suzuki dealerships are parking lots with double wide trailers for offices located in unsavory neighborhoods where nobody can find them.

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Which is why every car purchase needs to suit the individual buyer. See the XTS thread.... I'd love an XTS, but apparently I'm a fool for being interested in buying one because I'd never get it around the Nürburgring faster than an M5.

No, GM is a fool for producing it as a Cadillac XTS and not a Buick Electra.

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The Kizashi has 4 wheels, just like an M5, therefore its as good.

I think the biggest reason Suzuki and Mitsubishi are going to be gone soon is that they don't offer anything special. For a while in the 90's Suzuki had the original cute ute while Mitsubishi had a decent rice rocket. Now though, they just do what everyone else does, but do it with $159/month leases.

Exactly. EVERYONE knew Mitsubishi in the 90s because of the Eclipse. What do they make now? Off the top of my head, I don't know.

Suzuki...all I know they make is the Kizashi, and that's only because reg shills it all over the site. Otherwise, I'd never have known about it. It actually looks good.

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Kizashis might stand out in traffic if there were any out on the road.

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Kizashis might stand out in traffic if there were any out on the road.

They need to call up Oprah.

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Kizashis might stand out in traffic if there were any out on the road.

They need to call up Oprah.

better hurry up, the last show taping date has been set.

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