Geneva 2012: Suzuki

  • Range extender Swift covers 18 miles on electric power
  • Uses three-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor
  • All new city car concept also gets full premiere

The Suzuki stand has been dominated by a range extender version of the Swift along with a new city car concept.

Parkers Pick – Swift Range Extender

  • What is it? Looks like a standard Swift, but this model is fitted with a three-cylinder petrol engine and electric generator. Follows in the same vein as range extenders like the Chevrolet Volt and Vauxhall Ampera.
  • Vital stats and facts: The Swift comes with a lithium-ion battery which means charges are quicker and it weighs much less. This drives an electric motor that is connected to a 666cc three-cylinder petrol engine. The car can run on electric power alone for 18 miles.
  • Why would you buy it? Combining electric and petrol power means a reduction in emissions, which means less road tax, and an improvement in fuel economy. This cuts running costs.
  • Why wouldn’t you? It’s likely to come at a premium over a standard model, if it goes on sale at all, and it’s unlikely to offer many more benefits than the standard petrol model.
  • Prices and launch date: It was first shown in 2010 and has been under development since, so this could be a long drawn out process. There’s a chance it could arrive in the next two years.

What else is on the stand?

The other news for Suzuki was the rather ‘interesting’ looking G70 Concept. Weighing just 730kg, the city car has excellent aerodynamics and comes with a low-powered petrol engine. As a result the firm claims emissions are as low as 70g/km.

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