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For the first time in almost 16 years, Suzuki has developed a brand-new engine for its minicar lineup. This 660cc mill is equipped with stop/start technology and is expected to deliver a fuel efficiency rating of nearly 63.5 miles per gallon (U.S.), – a boost of approximately 20 percent versus the automaker's current three-cylinder, 660cc engine. The addition of this high-tech engine would position Suzuki's minicars to achieve a fuel economy rating comparable to that of Daihatsu's Move, which hit the Japanese market last month.

Suzuki will invest a total of 20 billion yen ($246 million U.S. at the current exchange rate) over the course of the next three years to ready its Sagara factory in Shizuoka Prefecture for mass production of the all-new 660cc engine. The automaker plans on equipping all of its minicars, including the Wagon R and the Alto, with the stop/start-capable engine. Suzuki's MR Wagon, slated to hit the market later this month, will be the automaker's first vehicle to feature this new mill.

[Source: Green Car Congress]


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      harlanx6
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kudos, but if it was a modern turbo-diesel It would get over 80 MPG. If it were a turbo boosted gas engine with variable valve timing it could get 80 MPG. Someone is going to do it. They can do better.
        harlanx6
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        1000cc TD would be sufficient for bare transportation needs in a compact car. Fuel is still available enough that cars that small and efficient are not yet required. Their time is coming.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        A 660CC diesel. That would produce some 35-40 hp even with a turbo(19 odd without a turbo) and would add about $4000 to the $6000-$8000 car and 200kgs to the weight too. Insane idea. You would never reach 100 kmph.

        I think start-stop is a great move. I only wish they got this technology to their biggest market (India).

        Also they had a car called twin ( http://www.gizmag.com/go/1847/) made from HSD technology borrowed from Toyota. This would be a very good $4000 addition, should really come as an option for those few who want 30+ kmpl(~ 90 mpg mileage).
      • 4 Years Ago
      *your

      F! U! D!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of many small cars I wish auto manufacturers would import into the US. The 660 might be a bit anemic for American driving, but the 1.0L I-3 would be nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't forget to multiply that mpg figure by the "soft on you Japanese MPG standards" quotient. That's about 0.85 to 0.9.

      They let the maker employ a hypermiler to drive the car :-)

      Still, that's a good number even with that quotient baked in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 2010 Prius was rated 89.5 mpg on the Japanese testing cycle, but 50 mpg combined on the U.S test. If that ratio holds 66.5 mpg Japanese would translate to approx. 37 mpg. U.S. combined. Not nearly so impressive.

      Also, it makes no sense to say an engine is rated at a certain mpg. It makes a huge difference which vehicle the
      engine is propelling.

      • 4 Years Ago
      the right direction but should be smaller and more efficient still and weight optimized on top, instead of crude casting.
      and it should only be the range extender, not primary motive power.
      so until then, it's not green. not even a little.
      peak oil, global warming.
      no fossil fuel use
        • 4 Years Ago
        letstakeawalk (brilliant name btw) I am quite frustrated with this world but what do you really know about what I am achieving. And what are you doing
        • 4 Years Ago
        "And what are you doing[?]"

        I actively get people out of their cars, and take them walking instead. Thanks for asking.

        (Also, I haven't owned a car - ever)
        • 4 Years Ago
        playing grand theft auto doesn't count : )

        I've never had a car either. but not having cars is not really a solution. nor is walking. I'm thinking just a wee bit bigger than walking. whether it's ok with you or not
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jason, can you seriously not think. peak oil and global warming don't go away because you don't want to hear about it. they are absolutely key elements here. your comment is spectacularly unintelligent. as usual.
        when you actually understand even the most basic of things I may not have to keep repeating it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I never said peak oil and global warming would go away because I don't want to hear about it, I called you a broken record.

        At this point, you're contributing nothing to any conversation you have on here, you're just throwing out key words and phrases randomly, which is not informative or persuasive, but annoying.

        Ever have a fan that squeaks or a continuous background noise around you? After a while, you tune it out and don't even notice it anymore...that's what you're becoming on this site. Nobody is actually listening to what you have to say, because you just keep repeating the same things over and over again. So I say again, quit it, because you're not helping anyone, including yourself.



        • 4 Years Ago
        Dan Frederiksen isn't a living human being - he gave up that crude wasteful body some time ago. He's still somewhat stuck in the past - living in a world where fiberglass is exotic tech - but he longs to belong.

        He is now a being of pure electricity, given voice as a bot on the internet, determined to shake us mere mortals awake by demonstrating to us our ignorance.

        That's why he's so frustrated about being unable to build a working prototype of his ideal vehicle; he is unable to affect the material world in any meaningful way, limited only to comments on internet message boards.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can you seriously not type a comment that does not include the words "peak, oil, global, warming, fossil, fuel, and crude"?

        At this point it looks like you have a word bank you're just copy and pasting from.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So this is on the Japanese driving cycle, which only the most extreme hypermilers can obtain? What's this really mean on EPA numbers?
      harlanx6
      • 4 Years Ago
      More people every year come to the realization that "peak oil" and "man caused global warming" are nothing but political propaganda. The Malthusians have been preaching scarcity of resources forever and up until now, I sure don't have any trouble getting fuel or food. I know I will hear the equivalent of " boy are you gonna get it when Daddy comes home" from the politically correct sheep, but facts are facts. Maybe they should try a little original thought instead of believing everything they are told from the left. If we conserve resources we will save money, and that's about it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      60mpg is pretty good, but that's the point at which i'd take the equivalent 40-50mpg car.
      A car with less than 900cc has got to be a miserable. Forget going on a highway.

      Yeah, we won't see this car in the US.

      In the meantime, where's my Scion IQ?!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, that's at least what a quick search around Wikipedia says, so I wouldn't take it as gospel. BUT, AB posted the release date as "early 2011" after it was shown at the NY Auto show...sooooo that at least sounds reasonable. It's coming in 2011 for sure, according to Scion's website, so you won't have to wait more than a year.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope you're not joking, Jason. I'll be on of the first people to check it out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hold your horses, it's supposed to go on sale in March...I really want to test drive one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Proof that it's going to be sold here?

        If so, i'd test drive it for a laugh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      peak earl! glo-bull warming!

      Run! Run for you lives!

      LOL
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