• May 11th 2006 at 2:56PM
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GM liquidating its relationship with Suzuki may turn out to be the best thing that could happen to the eastern automaker. Many Suzuki models owe their lives to other GM products, including the new XL-7 that's based on GM's Theta platform, but the company will be branching out on its own with vehicles like the SX4 that debuted on this continent in New York and is reportedly going to enter WRC competition next year. There also plans to bring back the Swift, which has evolved into a highly regarded sub-compact abroad. Finally, there are replacements for the Aerio, Verona and Forenza in the works that have no ties with GM ware.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      First, last I checked, the Mazda3 was NOT built on a Mazda platform, but rather, the Volvo P1 (aka Ford C1) platform.

      This means that Mazda benefits a LOT from being a part of Ford. And, Ford does benefit from the Mazda6 platform.

      Anyway, Isuzu D-Maxes (the ROW version of the i-Series) do use Isuzu engines and trannies. Isuzu *DIESEL* engines and trannies. Mmm, diesel Chevy Colorado. (And, the Duramax is an Isuzu engine made under a thinly veiled Isuzu-GM alliance... just in case you were wondering...)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Now Suzuki can focus more on the Asian market. In India is really riding very high with its partner Maruti and Maruti-Suzuki combination are the market leader in India. I really wish Suzuki takes the South Asian countries more seriously. There is a huge growth potential here. For example, in 2004, 1,511,157 (http://www.southasiabiz.com/2006/05/asian_cars_riding_high_what_ab.html) were produced in India.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Suzuki needs to bring the Swift to America.

      I promise them thousands of my hard-earned cash when they do.

      Make it happen, Suzuki! And preferably soon. :)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah it's pretty sad when a automaker's prospects look UP when GM divests it's share in it. But then this happened with Subaru also,

      I disagree with you Jaimie B. I think the Ford/Mazda deal has been good for both. Mazda gets access to a bigger parts supplier network, and easy access to operating capital, and Ford gets overall very competitive platform and engine designs for their small-car portfolio. I think overall Ford's management of it's subsidiaries is far less intrusive than GM's.

      In any case, since the Ford/Mazda's relationship has deepened, the product lines of both companies has improved markedly.
      • 9 Years Ago
      To S1500:~~ The Chevy (nee GEO) SPECTRUM was actually the rebadged Isuzu I-Mark as part of the Original 3 (or 4) vehicle GEO brand, consisting of 1 each from Isuzu and Suzuki and Toyota and possible 4th being either another "I" or "S".
      • 9 Years Ago
      I applaud Suzuki for introducing some interesting vehicles. However, I don't think the statement, "...there are replacements for the Aerio, Verona and Forenza in the works that have no ties with GM ware" is completely correct. While I can't speak for the Aerio, the Verona and Forenza are developed in conjunction with GM-DAT (Daewoo Automotive Technology) of which Suzuki is a co-owner with GM.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The problem with the SX4's shown at the NY Auto Show (which I also made sure I saw and sat in) where they were not the actual SX4's we'll be getting, if you looked closely at the pastel green and the deep orange versions (obviously the WRC version said concept on it) then you would of saw that they were optioned out and had things that will not be offered on the SX4 we'll be able to buy at the dealership, perhaps SWT will offer them as dealer add ons.

      Obviously the chrome wheels, the rear bumper fascia, the pastel covered seats and the wooden surf board aren't standard:


      I'm doubting the two-tone interior is standard or an option:


      The alloys and painted calipers I'm sure aren't standard and I believe the lower trim is not either:


      The tweeters in the door and the Momo Steering wheel with audio controls I can see as being a factory option.

      Don't get me wrong, I loved what I saw and I do think it will be a big hit, and between the WRC Concept and these that are closer to production shows there is a lot of room for tuners to step in and make it a really great/personalized car at a small price. I would even consider selling my Legacy GT Wagon if they offer one with enough power with the awd drivetrain.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Interesting to note that, when I was at the NY show twice, there was no crowd at all around the SX4, which ironically also shares a platform with the Fiat Sedici (=GM), if I'm not mistaken.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Now if only Suzuki, Isuzu, Mitsubishi...merge together!"

      Since Toyota had a stake in Subaru, it might be more difficult to add it to your ideal merger, Sam but I'm agree with you, a merge of Suzuki, Isuzu and Mitsubishi will be a real dynamite! The ideal "Three Musketeers"

      Tough then Suzuki also offer its small-cars to others companies, the current Japanese Mazda Carol is a rebadged Suzuki Alto http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda_Carol

      -"Anyway, I hope Suzuki becomes the next Honda for the States!!!"

      I view them more as the next Mazda, they have more common points with Mazda than we taught. And Mazda will be the "D'Artagnan" who'll fit with the "Musketeers" (Isuzu, Suzuki, Mitsubishi) ;-)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Now if only Suzuki, Isuzu, Mitsubishi and Subaru merge will things become better. These four companies can do wonders and pose a serious competition to larger players by pooling their resources, energy, manufacturing expertise, parts suppliers, economies of scale, human resources, talented leaders and managers, vehicle underpinnings etc etc. It will bring new dynamism to these brands and under one roof they will be able to make better cars.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "4. Now only if Suzuki made a light-weight car powered by one of their amazing motorcycle engines (to be sold in the USA of course)."

      Yes please. Or even do what Radical Motors is doing and fuse two of them together for a V8.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Bob, the idea is that these products were designed by Suzuki rather than being rebadged Daewoos (as are the Forenza, Verona, and Reno). I don't mean to slight Daewoo, but Suzuki's latest vehicles make them look bad.
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