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Review: 2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack by RoadRace Motorsports

The aftermarket put some more heat in Suzuki's hot hatch When we think of production vehicles that can double as daily drivers and weekend racers, the Lotus Exige, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Porsche Boxster come to mind. They've got to be light, nimble and handle the rigors of the road along with the demands of the track. That's why we had a little chuckle when a 2010 Suzuki SX4 with "Road Race modifications" came up on our schedule for vehicles to review. When we drove the 2008 SX4 Sport, we found it to have a "sporty feel and rather quick reflexes," but the chassis had fairly low limits... Read More

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    Review: 2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack by RoadRace Motorsports
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    The aftermarket put some more heat in Suzuki's hot hatch When we think of production vehicles that can double as daily drivers and weekend racers, the Lotus Exige, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Porsche Boxster come to mind. They've got to be light, nimble and handle the rigors of the road along with the demands of the track. That's why we had a little chuckle ...

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    Top Gear USA could just become your second favorite automotive television show
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    On Monday, October 18th 2010, Michael Harley and I had the opportunity to attend a taping of an episode of the upcoming Top Gear USA series. As we all know by now, the show is a new version of the BBC original and as a huge fan of that show, my expectations were set to "neutral" for the American spin-off. Harley and I entered an old airplane hangar ...

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    Top Gear America's Reasonably Priced Car outed as Suzuki SX4
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    Here in the good 'ole United States of America, we like things big... and small. Over in UK, they can have their reasonably priced cars, we don't need 'em. We're putting a Big Star in a Small Car instead. Naturally, the premise is the same. Take one name-brand celebrity and place them behind the wheel of a run-of-the-mill car available to the masses here ...

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    Hatchbacks: Who says Americans don't buy 'em?
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    There's a well-worn cliché that is uttered periodically by just about every product planner and PR wonk in the auto industry – one that's been dutifully parroted by the journalists and enthusiasts that surround them, and it goes something like this: "Sorry, fellas, Americans just don't buy hatchbacks." Typically, that chestnut is trotted out ...

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    Suzuki SX4 blacks out for UK special edition
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    Suzuki has released details on a new special edition version of its SX4 for the UK. Called the SZ-L, the five-door will come from the factory wearing a host of appearance upgrades aimed to give the vehicle an urban flair, including a few splashes of gunmetal accents on the roof rails, grille, wheels and skid plates. The gray theme continues on inside ...

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    Suzuki recalls SX4, Grand Vitara and Equator for overheating Garmin sat-nav units
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    When Garmin issued a recall on its Nuvi portable navigation system a couple of weeks ago, Japanese automaker Suzuki informed us that it would need to issue a follow-up recall for a few vehicles in its lineup. After all, Suzuki offers dashboard-mounted Garmin GPS units in its Equator, Grand Vitara and SX4 models, and unfortunately, the Nuvi navis supplied ...

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    India's largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki, now offers CNG option on 5 popular models
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    Maruti Suzuki, India's largest automaker, has unveiled a lineup of CNG-powered vehicles that run the gamut from entry-level compacts to sedans and right on up to MPVs. The company's factory-fitted CNG engine technology, dubbed "intelligent-Gas Port Injection" (i-GPI), will be immediately available on five popular models, including the SX4, Eeco, Wagon R, ...

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    Monster Tajima won't be letting Millen go unchallenged at Pikes Peak
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    While Rhys Millen and his new Hyundai V8 powered Pikes Peak challenger have been getting the most attention, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima has no intention of letting Millen capture all the glory without a fight. Tajima has been the dominant force at Pikes Peak in recent years and is the current overall record holders at 10:01.408, surpassing Rod Millen's ...

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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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    KBB names coolest cars under $18k... do you agree?
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    Being in the market for a cheap new car used to mean resigning yourself to time bombs like the Chevrolet Citation or windups like the Geo Metro or Ford Aspire, but the times, they are a-changin', and the good folk at Kelley Blue Book have worked up their very own top 10 list of cool cars for under $18,000. Not surprisingly, the 2011 Ford Fiesta nabbed a ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Suzuki SX4-based VW 'Rocktan' conjured up
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    According to Mibz.com, the Suzuki SX4 won't be pimped to just Fiat anymore (see: Sedici), Volkswagen is getting in on the act. Going after the small end of the market, VW is reportedly set to take advantage of its new 19.9 percent share of Suzuki and swiping the lovable little SX4 as the basis of a new model tentatively dubbed Rocktan. Positioned as a ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Suzuki SX4-based VW 'Rocktan' conjured up
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    According to Mibz.com, the Suzuki SX4 won't be pimped to just Fiat anymore (see: Sedici), Volkswagen is getting in on the act. Going after the small end of the market, VW is reportedly set to take advantage of its new 19.9 percent share of Suzuki and swiping the lovable little SX4 as the basis of a new model tentatively dubbed Rocktan. Positioned as a ...

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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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    New Delhi 2010: Suzuki unveils SX4 Hybrid Concept, plans production for 2015
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    In addition to the cool R3 MPV, Suzuki is also showing off a new SX4 Hybrid concept vehicle at the New Delhi Motor Show. Interestingly, this SX4 uses a previously unseen hybrid system developed by Maruti Suzuki with assistance from India's National Hybrid Propulsion Program and the (deep breath) Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources' High Energy ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Suzuki SX4-FCV takes a break from testing
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    The Suzuki SX4-FCV (Fuel-Cell Vehicle) isn't a new vehicle – they've been used for testing on Japanese streets since last year – but the colors and stickers on the model on display at the Tokyo Motor Show meant we needed to get some fresh pics to share with you. Under the new look, the SX4 FCV is the same as before, with an 80 kW hydrogen ...

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    Tokyo 2009 Preview: Suzuki to show off three fuel cell concepts
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    In addition to the plug-in series hybrid version of the Swift subcompact hatchback that Suzuki will display at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, the Japanese company will also be bringing along three separate concepts powered by fuel cells. First up is the SX4-FCV, which uses an 80 kW hydrogen fuel cell stack supplied by longtime partner GM that is paired ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Suzuki previews three fuel cell concepts
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    In addition to the plug-in series hybrid version of the Swift subcompact hatchback that Suzuki will display at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, the Japanese company will also be bringing along three separate concepts powered by fuel cells. First up is the SX4-FCV, which uses an 80 kW hydrogen fuel cell stack supplied by longtime partner GM paired with a ...

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    2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack takes more to the streets, less to the fields
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    We've praised Suzuki's SX4 Crossover in these pages before. With its quasi-softroader abilities, surprisingly direct steering, segment-exclusive all-wheel drive and generous equipment levels, the cheap n' cheerful hatchback has carved out a unique niche for itself in the U.S. marketplace. What it has always needed, however, was a bit more power and ...

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    2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack takes more to the streets, less to the fields
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    We've praised Suzuki's SX4 Crossover in these pages before. With its quasi-softroader abilities, surprisingly direct steering, segment-exclusive all-wheel drive and generous equipment levels, the cheap n' cheerful hatchback has carved out a unique niche for itself in the U.S. marketplace. What it has always needed, however, was a bit more power and ...

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    Frankfurt preview: Suzuki lineup features more powerful, cleaner diesels, more
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    While Suzuki readies its first gasoline-electric car – the Kizashi hybrid – for 2011, it's got some green vehicles on tap to show us in Frankfurt next month, including four that emit less than 120 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Later in 2010, the Minor Change SX4 will be introduced. This diesel SX4 gets more performance from a new 2.0-DDiS ...

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