• Jan 30, 2008


Click image for hi-res gallery of the Suzuki Kizashi

Hyundai is quickly proving with its Genesis luxury sedan that a lower-end Asian automaker can play in the V8-powered big leagues, and if the reports are to be believed, Suzuki wants in. The Japanese carmaker's Kizashi concepts, unveiled in Frankfurt and Tokyo last year, proved popular enough for Suzuki to move ahead with production plans and target a late 2009 roll-out. But before it settles on what form the production version will take, Suzuki is reportedly preparing a third iteration to show at the New York Auto Show in March, and this one will be powered by a V8 driving all four wheels, compared to its turbodiesel and V6 predecessors. Whether there's any truth to the reports will become evident as we weave through Manhattan traffic towards the Javits Center, so stay tuned.

[Source: AutoTelegraaf via Motor Authority]




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      • 6 Years Ago
      Their bikes are very nice, They make a lot of nice small vans in Japan, but their stateside vehicles are just rebadged GM products. Why do they think they can skip building midsize cars and go straight to luxury barges? An exercise in design and nothing more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its probably gonna use a toyota V8.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It'll be a GM V8 if anything.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Might just be me, but I see a lot of the Buick Riviera Concept there...
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...On the original (red) concept anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I liked the first concept for the most part. The number#2 not so much. As long as this is an inhouse Suzuki product and not a GM/Daewoo I think it is a good idea. Suzuki really does need a large car for the US market. When the Verona was pulled,(for good reason) that left a hole in their line up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great. Just what the greenies want. more bigger badder nastier internal combustion filth-spewing cars.

      I LIKE IT.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They should leave the car designing to the Italians.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This will give Infiniti a run for its money!
        • 6 Years Ago
        right
        casue those people that think infiniti will come by a suzuki dealer

        Hyundai might be on somethig with the Genesis, but they have been working hard and improving for years now,

        suzuki sells like 55 cars per year here so to think they will come and take on infiniti overnight is a bit naive
      V8
      • 3 Years Ago
      V8 V8 V8!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish for once a company would have the balls to flat out make their concept cars a production model that is 100% of the original concept, This car is swooping in design I looove it!!

      • 6 Years Ago
      With the Big 3 all apparently cancelling V8 programs, looks like the Korean and Japanese automakers will be eating up their market share more than ever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn

      and I thought the Chrysler 300 was a gangsta mobile. This will be involved in a whole lot of gang banging.
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