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Suzuki Concept Cars

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Suzuki Kizashi 3
The Suzuki Kizashi 3 concept car was initially revealed at the 2008 New York Auto Show, and as well as the car, the waiting motoring journalists also received a press release stating as we expected that Suzuki are indeed serious about leaving their traditional comfort zone of producing purely small cars.
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They are looking to enter the competitive global mid size saloon sector with a production version of the Kizashi, to rival other cars in the segment such as the Ford Mondeo, Honda Accord and Toyota Avensis .

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Suzuki stated that this 3rd and final concept is very close to the actual production car to be launched in 2010. Major elements of the first 2 concepts have been retained such as the huge front grille, and with looks like this, the Suzuki could indeed be a challenger in this already crowded market sector.
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Suzuki Kizashi 2

Suzuki followed up the original Kizashi car with this second concept first revealed at the Tokyo show in 2007, expanding on the original design but with some of the same styling cues. The car still retained the length of a traditional family sedan, but has the appearance of a stretched 5 door hatchback, essentially more of a fastback than a conventional station wagon, and this time the car was beefed up with some rugged off road kit.
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We love those huge wheels with the Ben Hur style spokes, although are pretty sure they will not see production. The continuance of the Kizashi theme does suggest Suzuki are serious about a larger new car to sell on the global market, and this may suggest we will also see some form of station wagon version as well as a saloon.
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Suzuki Kizashi 1

The Kizashi concept (Kizashi translated from Japanese means “Prelude”) was first revealed at the Frankfurt 2007 Motor Show by Suzuki, who told the press very little about the car, other than that the company who had mainly until now specialised in small cars, home market 660cc Kei cars and motorbikes were planning something bigger.

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The concept car exterior is highly stylized with the usual show touches and had not details on an engine or the cars interior, and dominated by those huge front LED lights that run all the way round the sides of the oversized Audi-esque front grille, and a long sportback body. Despite a lack of details, it was very well received by the motoring press, and the first sign of a mid size production saloon car to be expected in the next few years.

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Suzuki A-Star

The Suzuki A-Star concept car was first shown at the New Dehli Motor Show in January 2008, and is one of the first vehicles from a non-Indian manufacturer to get a launch at the show which highlights the growing importance of the Indian car market to international manufacturers.

The A-Star is very unlikely to make production itself, but its looks are expected to form the basis for the new Suzuki Alto small car, which should start production at Suzuki’s Indian production facility soon, and with a low cost is expected to be a popular seller in India and China.


Looking like a Giant Tonka Toy brought to life, the X-Head concept car is a mixture of pickup truck and some sort of massive construction vehicle. With looks that could land it a part in a Transformers movie and tough enough to carry almost anything, its key functionality is supposedly its versatile nature.

According to Suzuki, who say “The X-HEAD is a cross utility vehicle offering a host of possibilities for people wanting to explore their world. Boasting a DNA borne of the legendary off-road capabilities of the Jimny and Grand Vitara and the load carrying capacity of the APV, X-HEAD epitomizes functional dependability and fun.” We say it looks great and we want one!


Suzuki PX Minivan

The PX Minivan was first shown at the 2005 Japanese Tokyo Motor Show and is a new interpretation of the mini-van theme, and rather than adopting a traditional practical but boxy style that most minivans end up with, instead it uses some very nice retro touches to bring a slice of 1950′s retro styling with the looks of the classic aluminium Airstream trailers in what describes as “retro futuristic” styling touches.

To quote the Suzuki designer: “As one of the most innovative minivan concepts in recent history, the Suzuki P.X. illustrates a wide range of possibilities for Suzuki’s vision in the future and showcases some of the elements the company may consider incorporating into Suzuki vehicles in years to come.”

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