Suzuki has prepared the C-segment Authentics concept for the Shanghai Motor Show, a preview of a sedan that would slot into the fattest chunk of the market among China's car buyers. Suzuki hasn't given away much, saying only that it is "Sporty x Elegant" and that it's long and low and has a "rich and fine curved surface."

PaulTan.org says this is the trunked version of the SX4 crossover, and if that's the case then it would represent a new approach to the SX4 in the region, offering markedly different styling instead of being, literally, an SX4 with a trunk. We'll know more when the Shanghai show opens in a couple of weeks, for now there's a press release with a tad more info on Suzuki's plans just below.
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Suzuki announces exhibits for the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition

29 March 2013 -- Suzuki's C-segment sedan concept model AUTHENTICS will make its world debut at the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, which will be held from 20 – 29 April, 2013.

The press day will take place on 20 April 2013 (Public days are from 21 to 29 April, 2013)

Concept model AUTHENTICS
AUTHENTICS is a concept model presented to enter the C-segment sedan class, which has the largest volume in the Chinese automobile market.

The model expresses "Sporty x Elegant" with its long wheelbase and an unconstrained form with its overall height kept low, as well as its strong character line which gives a wind-cutting image along with a rich and fine curved surface.

New motorcycle GW250S
Suzuki will make world premiere of the new GW250S, an additional spec of the on-road motorcycle GW250, which is being produced by Suzuki's joint venture in China, Changzhou Haojue Suzuki Motorcycle Co., LTD., and distributed not only in China but also in Japan, Europe, etc. By equipping a half-fairing, it gives a sportier image while increasing wind protection such as when riding on highways.

Other models to be presented at the exhibition are:

AUTOMOBILES
Reference exhibit of the SX4 (exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show)
Alto, Swift, SX4, Kizashi, Jimny, Grand Vitara

MOTORCYCLES
Hayabusa, Boulevard M109R

For further information go to http://www.globalsuzuki.com/shanghai2013/


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      GN
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like what I see.
      Vinuuz
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they manage to make it closer to the sneek peek version, and have good powertrains, it is going to land in a hotly contested segment in India. Given Suzuki (Maruti Suzuki)'s sterling reputation and network there, this could do rather well if priced competitively.
      Evan Hayden
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was bummed out when Suzuki pulled out of the US, but since I moved to Japan a couple months ago, I'm even more bummed about it. You see Suzuki cars EVERYWHERE here. I wish they could have gotten their act together and sprinkled some more of that JDM magic on their US operations... This concept looks pretty cool from what I can see, but man, I would've been super excited had they brought the Swift to the states... Might have helped them turn it around.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Evan Hayden
        I grew up in Japan so I know what you are talking about with Suzuki presence in Japan. Unfortunately, the "JDM magic" you speak of is kei-cars. Suzuki and Daihatsu pretty much dominate the kei-car (660cc max) mini-car market. This is what Suzuki is a specialist of. These cars don't meet US specs so they were never sold in the US. These kei-cars make cars like the Smart car seem dumb. The problem was that Suzuki did not develop their non-kei's much and fell behind. With poor US marketing and dealer network, there was no way they could keep up with the other rivals. Suzuki also took some serious mis-steps by linking with GM and attempting to do so with VW. Had they actually put more money into non-kei powerplants, they would have had something more to bring to the table than one engine offerings in all their cars (post GM Suzukis). I agree that the Swift and Swift Sport should have come to the US.
      Morris Longo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we all just agree to not give a damn? There has been no car company who's use of poor quality plastics has been as egregious as Suzuki in the past decade.
        Dr Zoidberg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Morris Longo
        Oh, I dunno. Dodge would give them a run for their money.
          Muttons
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dr Zoidberg
          Agreed. Cerberus era Chrysler interiors were the worst of the 2000's. They were like throwbacks to the early 80's. Not the employees' fault either. Cerberus management's revitalization strategy involved releasing a boatload of cars with minimal cost and design time. They literally went from napkin sketch to computer engineering to production line as quickly as possible. I don't even know what the clay modelers were doing during that period because it seemed like there as no finesse going into anything. And they used the cheapest, hardest plastics available. Well, that didn't work out too well for them. Glad to see them turning it around now.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Morris Longo
        I had a 1998 Suzuki Sidekick. It was spartan, but can't say the plastic was any worse than other cars of the same model year. What the car did excel at was take a serious beating offroad and never once breakdown or even have a hiccup. I also now drive a Kizashi. It has a very high quality interior for its class. Not a piece of cheap, flimsy plastic anywhere in the car. Seriously. So, no. I can't agree. In fact, I do give a damn because Suzuki offers a seriously solid car for a very good price. If this concept car is a SX4 replacement, I would be very interested. Pity Suzuki left the US and Canadian markets. And in case you want to bring up the Verona, Reno, and Forenza as POS, any one who paid attention could tell you those were Daewoos that GM had badged as Suzukis.
      matt_shift
      • 1 Year Ago
      so suzuki backs out of North America, then decides to ACTUALLY try designing a good sedan for an even bigger and more challenging market to penetrate. facepalm.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @matt_shift
        Actually, Suzuki already tried that in NA. They made the Kizashi and it failed to bring Suzuki success despite the fact that it's a very good sedan. I also wouldn't claim that China is a harder market to penetrate. Americans are very set on their ways with brand loyalty from years of brand presence. Some people buy Camry after Camry just because they won't consider something else. China is a newer market so consumers aren't as deeply-rooted in brand loyalty or even brand perception.
      Travis C. Vasconcelo
      How sad, Suzuki abandons the North American market all together and saves the good stuff for other nations. I hope they find success somewhere and shake VW off their heels!
      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      I first thought this car was the new concept for the Kizashi. Given that it's for the C-segment, I guess it will be the new SX4. I always thought the SX4 and older Suzuki compacts were a little unsightly so this thing is a huge improvement.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 1 Year Ago
      it looks like a Cavalier channeling an E39 5-series
      speterjr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like the NA Buick Regal. Guess we're not missing anything...
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know this car isn\'t coming here, but I really wish auto makers would stop improperly size-slotting cars. That IS NOT a C-segment, look the doors...that is a large D (that\'s almost an E) if I ever saw one. What they are doing is giving you a car the size of a current Cadillac CTS while saying its the size of an A3.
      jasondonogh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cute dog^^^
      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just like autoblog green was spun off perhaps you guys (autoblog) should make an autoblog china.
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