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Review: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS is up for the Challenge

The 2010 Kizashi will change the way you look at Suzuki. To put it bluntly, the Kizashi is the strongest evidence yet that Suzuki's automotive division is no longer operating on autopilot in the States. And what's more, the brand is showing serious confidence. Consider the vehicles against which the automaker wants you to cross shop its Kizashi: the Acura TSX and Audi A4. Suzuki has launched a promotion called the Kizashi Test Drive Challenge that will pay $100 to anyone who test drives a Kizashi and still decides to buy the more expensive TSX or A4. After spending some quality time... Read More

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    Suzuki releases official details on 200-mph Bonneville-bound Kizashi
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    We'd heard it from the gearheads over at Road & Track, and now it's been officially confirmed by Suzuki. A brand new Kizashi sedan will make the trek out to the Bonneville Salt Flats in an effort to set a new world speed record. Suzuki hopes its highly modified Kizashi, piloted by R&T's Sam Mitani, will be able to attain speeds of over 200 miles ...

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    Video: Road & Track working on 200 mph Suzuki Kizashi for Bonneville?!
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    You can't accuse the guys at Road & Track of lacking ambition. The magazine has announced plans to tackle the seemingly impossible by building a Suzuki Kizashi to do battle at Speed Week on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The crew will be shooting for not one, but two different land speed records. On the low end is the naturally-aspirated gas coupe record ...

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    Suzuki Kizashi hits the recall skids over dashboard safety issue
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    Bad news for the loveable Suzuki Kizashi: the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has issued a recall on the Japanese sedan. Evidently, the lower glove box door can pop open during an accident, possibly coming in contact with the front passenger's body at the same time. For those interested in such things, the news means that the ...

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    Consumer Reports gives top marks to Nissan Altima and Hyundai Sonata among family sedans
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    The minds at Consumer Reports have just wrapped up testing on a handful of family sedans. The publication lined up the Chevrolet Impala, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima and Suzuki Kizashi for a four-door throw down, and by the time the dust settled, Nissan and Hyundai reigned supreme. Both the four-cylinder Altima and Sonata racked up 'Excellent' ratings ...

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    Edmunds compiles top ten 'Dark-Horse' list of worthy overlooked vehicles
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    We all know the typical sales winners of the automotive universe. Come hell or high water, Honda Civics and Toyota Camrys will still float off of the lot. Granted, that's good news for most automakers, but at the same time, there's a wealth of under-appreciated models languishing under the beady eyes of inflatable gorillas across the country. The good ...

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    IIHS tests Lexus HS250h for rollover, Suzuki Kizashi for side-impact
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just wrapped up a couple more crash tests of both the Lexus HS 250h and the Suzuki Kizashi. The little luxury hybrid recently underwent both side impact and rollover testing, nabbing Good and Acceptable ratings in each category, respectively. The HS 250h has also received a Good rating in offset frontal ...

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    Suzuki reveals first images of new 2011 Swift
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    Suzuki has just dropped the first official photos of the new third generation Swift compact that goes on sale in Europe this Fall. The new hatch gets a slight smaller, but more powerful 1.2-liter inline-four that generates 93 horsepower thanks to variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust cams. The manual transmission model now has a rating of ...

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    First Drive: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi Sport improves upon original recipe
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    Miami isn't exactly a driver's town. It's a tangle of perfectly perpendicular secondary streets demarcated by lengthy stoplights and the occasional drawbridge or toll booth. Perched on the very tip of Florida, it's one of the last places we would voluntarily spend time behind the wheel, but despite the bumper-to-bumper traffic, hair-raising lane changes ...

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    Video: Suzuki boosts Kizashi sedan's performance with turbocharger, Tommy Kendall spools it up
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    Suzuki took a pretty big gamble by only offering its new Kizashi with a fuel-thrifty 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. While the mill produces a respectable 185 horsepower, it falls well short of the numbers available from its V6-clad competition. To address that situation, the company has partnered with Road Race Motorsports to develop a Kizashi Turbo ...

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    Cars.com hosts eight-car family sedan shootout with surprising results
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    Midsize sedans don't have it easy anymore. In addition to packing tons of features (technology, safety, comfort) into a relatively affordable package, these vehicles have to be relatively good to drive, functional and not too bad on the eyes. We've seen all sorts of family sedan comparisons, and now Cars.com dishes up its own eight-car test, featuring the ...

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    Suzuki re-starts the free gas spiff, extends offer to full model range
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    Last year, Suzuki offered its "Free Gas for Summer" promotion on SX4 Sport and Crossover models. Apparently, it was a bit of a success, since the automaker is not only reviving this campaign, but is spreading the promotion across its full model range (Kizashi, Grand Vitara, Equator and SX4 models). Since fuel prices commonly rise in the summer months, we ...

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    Report: Suzuki cancels V6 and hybrid Kizashi plans
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    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 ...

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    New York 2010: 2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport lands on show floor, V6 and hybrid not happening
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    "You'll turn blue in the face if you're holding your breath waiting for a V6 Kizashi." That was the word from a Suzuki spokesman at last night's insider preview of the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport. It makes sense since Suzuki and General Motors have parted ways and that V6 was expected to come from GM. While we had been hoping a V6 would be part of the ...

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    2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport shows up looking sharp in NYC
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    Video: Suzuki calls on killer snowmen to sell Kizashi
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    Unlike Hyundai, Suzuki isn't featuring any lesbians in its marketing campaign for the all-new Kizashi. Nope, Suzuki is instead relying on another proven technique for attention keeping: Killer snowmen. Actually, Suzuki already has a rather large marketing campaign in play that not only includes the Killer Snowman commercial for the all-wheel drive ...

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    After Volkswagen hookup, Suzuki quits hybrid, fuel cell work with General Motors
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    At last fall's Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki showed off several concept vehicles powered by either hybrid or hydrogen fuel cell powertrains. Apparently, Suzuki relied on former shareholder and senior partner General Motors for much of the underlying technology for those vehicles. Following GM's divestiture last year and Volkswagen's subsequent purchase of ...

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    Review: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS is up for the Challenge
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    The 2010 Kizashi will change the way you look at Suzuki. To put it bluntly, the Kizashi is the strongest evidence yet that Suzuki's automotive division is no longer operating on autopilot in the States. And what's more, the brand is showing serious confidence. Consider the vehicles against which the automaker wants you to cross shop its Kizashi: the ...

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    Suzuki's Kizashi Test Drive Challenge offers $100 to Audi A4 and Acura TSX buyers
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    It's best to aim high, right? While most of the automotive world (ourselves included) are busy comparing the rather wonderful Suzuki Kizashi with logical competitors like the Volkswagen Jetta – not to mention larger cars like the Honda Accord, Mazda6 and Ford Fusion – it seems the Japanese automaker itself has its sights set a bit higher... ...

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    2010 Suzuki Kizashi to start under $19k
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    We liked our time behind the wheel of the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi. It drives like a little sports sedan and doesn't look half bad, and now Suzuki's newest sedan has another attractive quality: it's priced to sell. The Kizashi will start at $18,999. The base Kizashi isn't exactly a stripper model either, as power windows, doors and mirrors are standard along ...

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    SEMA 2009: Custom Suzuki Kizashi models impress, upset
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    We totally dig the new 2010 Suzuki Kizashi. It's a bold step forward for Suzuki and (hopefully) a harbinger of great things to come, which also happens to be what "Kizashi" means. However, the looks are a little, well... not outstanding. Not that it's particularly bad-looking (it ain't), but what if it were a little more... special? SEMA to the ...

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