• Mar 31st 2010 at 8:52AM
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2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Suzuki Kizashi is a very nice mid-size sedan with some sporty pretensions. However, its snail-pace sales numbers make it hard to justify expanding the powertrain lineup. Further complicating the matter is a change in the company's ownership structure. General Motors had previously owned a stake in Suzuki, but disposed it in late 2008. Volkswagen purchased nearly 20 percent of the company a year later.

Suzuki had planned to launch a V6-powered version of the Kizashi in 2011 followed by a hybrid in 2012, but both plans have now been scuttled. The hybrid and V6 hardware was to have been sourced from GM, but after the VW investment, Suzuki announced it would cancel all its future GM cooperation plans.

It's still possible that Suzuki could adopt some VW powertrain offerings for the Kizashi, but the costs would be hard to justify for variants that would be mainly appealing to an American audience. A more likely scenario would be for Suzuki to simply fade away from the U.S. car market.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Very surprising, this Suzuki looks very sharp. Can't understand why its not selling well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Around here it's because we went from six dealerships down to one. Most people don't know where that one is. Also, no advertisements. People won't buy what they don't know about.

        It's also facing some pretty good competition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully by the time its ready for its first make-over the VW take over albeit a small one will pay off with the Kizashi being offered with the DCT. I would also love to see a turbo model offered as the top range model. The loss of a hybrid model for now dosnt hurt this car at all as it probaly would have been GM's crappy two-mode system which is a turd of a hybrid drivetrain just like Honda's IMA set-up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No V-6. No advertisements. Shrinking dealership base.

      Apparently no interest from Suzuki management, either.

      It's clear that the US Suzuki management is more interested in moving motorcycles than cars. Time to stop dragging your feet, guys. Close the doors and go home.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I always thought Suzuki should design their vehicles and their bikes to work together. Then sell them both from the same showroom. Use one market to tap into the other.

        They don't listen to me. :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      "However, its snail-pace sales numbers make it hard to justify expanding the powertrain lineup."

      bullshit

      "The hybrid and V6 hardware was to have been sourced from GM, but after the VW investment, Suzuki announced it would cancel all its future GM cooperation plans. "

      not bullshit.

      funny how both are in the same article.
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