Over in India, Suzuki cars cover 55% of the market share and so far, they have already moved over 192 markets globally with a total of more than 2.4 million units sold in the year 2007 alone. This achievement is still faint as compared in the United States although it has been in the market for more than 25 years. So far, Suzuki is more renowned in the US for motorbikes, boat engines as well as other machinery, but is not as strong in the automotive market as the other brands.
The Kizashi essentially is a mid-sized sedan which is set to replace the failed Verona around 2004-2006 which was then built by the GM-Daewoo alliance and now Suzuki is set to take this market more seriously with this new model. If you have seen the Kizashi 3 concept, then you might be wee bit disappointed that it will not look like it. Unveiled in 2008 at the New York Motor show, Suzuki will be designing and building this machine themselves and is supposedly meant to give the competitors a run for their money. To say the least, Kizashi which means ‘Something Great is Coming’ in Japanese surely will live to its name once you see the aesthetics of this car.
The car comes with a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine fitted either with a 6 speed manual gear transmission or Suzuki’s own CVT which you could also opt for the all-wheel drive system. Apparently, it was reported that a hybrid version is in the works as well. ABS , front and curtain side airbags are all pretty much standard while you can also expect there to be other cool features like leather upholstery, a premium audio system and radar-based cruise control. Whichever way you see it, the Kizashi do look good for next year and the many years to come.