• Oct 26, 2009

Suzuki Swift Sport Click above for high-res image gallery

There are things that Suzuki does well, and things it doesn't do so well. Among the former are its motorcycles and small cars like the Swift. Among the latter, well, just take a look at their success in the North American market. Unfortunately, the company doesn't offer the Swift – an almost universally praised little hatchback – in North America, a decision which Suzuki admits in hindsight was a mistake. But the company has been hard at work on a successor to the hot-selling hatch, and rumors have been circulating that this version could, in the end, make it Stateside.

The latest news comes from the mouth of Suzuki's chief engineer Takashi Nakayama via Car and Driver, who says the next-gen Swift is being developed with United States crash and emissions regulations in mind. Although that doesn't mean it will necessarily make it here, it does give Suzuki the option. In the meantime, the company is toiling away, preparing the ground for the arrival of its new Kizashi sedan while getting by on a lineup consisting of the underrated SX4, ho-hum Grand Vitara, what's left of XL7 stock and the rebadged Nissan Frontier known as the Suzuki Equator.



[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I can haz turbo?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought THIS Swift was announced for the US/Canada THIS year. It is even on Edmund's list of upcoming cars.

      What happened to place this plan in doubt?

      I know I've read it in several places that it was to come for 2010.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here we go! The subcompact segment is heating up! The new Swift and Fiesta should make this a hotter segment! I cannot wait because this is actually one of my favorite Suzuki's that is not imported here, since the 80s from what I can remember, and now it is making its come back which is awesome to my mind!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Since when did we have a Suzuki in America? Did they come last year?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Most of the suzuki dealerships in the phoenix area have closed down and my roommate has to drive across town to get service on his forenza... rebadged daewoo :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        Um, since like 1985?
      • 5 Years Ago
      swift is a cute care, in his segment, by it's very cheap inside. Hard plastic, small room, limited engines. It can't run with the leaders in europe: renault clio, fiat grande punto, opel corsa, vw polo
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, right. The Suzuki swift has been really successful in Europe and there are about 5 different engines, including a diesel one. It has also won championships with its rally car. Heck, Tiff Needell reviewed this car and he loved it. It can keep up with the Punto, Mini or other European cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Suzuki is pretty well known for poor quality when it comes to its cars in North America. It would need to over come that to sell cars, if the segment gets more crowded.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I think they have that more or less solved. I've sat in a Swift a couple of times this year, not bad, I think about on par with Toyota in terms of fit. But obviously the quality is not out of this world given their price point.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're referring to the Suzuki of old thanks in part to the old GM/DAT regime...passing rebadged Daewoos with questionable quality as Suzukis in NA...

        Since Suzuki discontinued peddling "Daewoos" and started selling homegrown talents like the SX4...Suzuki is now Ranked 9th for 2009 (huge jump up from 38th in 2008) for the Most Improved in JD Powers Initial Quality Study.

        http://www.jdpower.com/corporate/news/releases/pressrelease.aspx?ID=2009108

        http://www.jdpower.com/corporate/news/releases/charts/2009108a.gif

        With the Kizashi and now hopefully the new Swift makes it to the US...

        Suzuki is on a roll...a hidden gem among Japanese automakers. Heck I'd consider Suzuki (possibly the Kizashi) in my list to replace my B5 Passat.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Suzuki's been hanging by a thread for quite some time now in the USDM. While the Swift is a (by all accounts) a neat little car, I'll be very surprised if their car division hasn't pulled out by 2020. Now that I think of it, their last real "hit" was the '93-'98 Sidekick...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great news. This segment looks like it's finally gonna heat up in America.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yaris, Swift, Mazda2, Fiesta, Spark, Versa, etc...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Um, the Cruze is waay too big to be in this category...It belongs with the Focus and Corolla in the ~$18k market, and when there it's already outdated by the competition.

        I saw lots of these Swifts in Australia, cute car. Now, about those blacked-out A-pilars...we're going to be seeing a lot of those (Toyota FT-86, Saab 9-5, etc).
      • 5 Years Ago
      hmm, looks like the 09 Sentra in the front with 08 mazdaspeed3 rims LMAO!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice competitor to the Mazda2,Yaris,Fit,Fiesta etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the one car I've been missing the most since its introduction.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh.
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