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We’ve gone to some unusual places for new product unveilings, but today’s reveal of a new mid-sized sedan from Suzuki may be one of the most ironic. For some reason, the small automaker of mostly small cars chose a World War II memorial in suburban Detroit for the global reveal of its most aggressive attack yet on the heart of the U.S. car market. (more…)

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It has become more and more common that new models are being scrapped just before full production. (more…)

CAR Online went to Delhi to drive the Suzuki Alto 2008 for a review less than a month after the 2008 Paris motor show.

Less than a month after the new Suzuki Alto and Nissan Pixo twins were unveiled at the 2008 Paris motor show, CAR Online has been to Delhi to drive the Suzuki version. Why Delhi? This is where they’ll be built. Suzuki’s Indian subsidiary Maruti is easily the country’s biggest car maker, building more than 750,000 cars here each year and targeting a million by 2010.
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With lukewarm reviews, the 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara Xsport had a rattling ride and an oddly designed rear door. The V6 and roomy interior may offset the cons.

When driving a vehicle for review, we always keep a list of pros and cons. At just a glance we can see which list is longer and instantly know if it’s a vehicle that we’d personally drive. At the end of the evaluation we throw in a few verbs, several random adjectives and some technical jargon to make us all sound knowledgeable and it’s a review! Just kidding. A little, at least.

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Suzuki’s highly stylized Kizashi concept made it into its 3rd round for the New York Auto Show. This version saw less features than the prior two and had some style changes. This model is the one slated for 2010 production in the North America.

As reported by David Lavrinc:

Suzuki has been teasing us over the last few months with its duo of highly stylized concepts, the Kizashi and Kizashi 2. While it was obvious that cues found on both those concepts are going to inspire the styling of future models, it wasn’t clear how Suzuki would implement some of the more extreme features of this design language. Today in New York, Suzuki showed what elements were making the cut with the unveiling of the Kizashi 3 concept.

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The Suzuki A-Star, developed in cooperation with Maruti Suzuki in India will be released later this year. It is a small and handsome concept that points to a new Suzuki brand city car. Originally presented at India’s Delhi show, it did not make a lot of U.S. news. Looking like a upper-scale Aygo it is a thoroughly pleasing design to reviewers and it added bling to the show

Although the Toyota iQ has won most attention here – but the baby Suzuki could be much closer to the future of smart urban transportation.