Η Suzuki έχει στο περίπτερο της στην Γενεύη το G70 Concept ή αλλιώς το Regina concept, όπως το παρουσίασε στην έκθεση του Τόκιο. Το G70 Concept σύμφωνα με τους Ιάπωνες “ενσαρκώνει το όραμα τους για την επόμενη γενιά των μικρών αυτοκινήτων”. Μηχανικά φορά έναν 800 κ.εκ. turbo κινητήρα ο οποίος καταναλώνει 3.76 λίτρα/100 χλμ και εκπέμπει μόλις 70 γρ/χλμ. Συνδυάζεται με ένα αυτόματο κιβώτιο CVT και ζυγίζει μόλις 730 κιλά. Έχει μήκος 3.500 mm και πλάτος 1.600 mm και έχει κατασκευαστεί με μια νέα διαδικασία που μειώνει τον αριθμό των εξαρτημάτων που απαιτούνται για κάθε αυτοκίνητο, αλλά βελτιώνει και την ακαμψία. Το ταμπλό στο εσωτερικό διαθέτει μια έντονη κλίση, έτσι ώστε να δώσει περισσότερο χώρο στους επιβάτες.
Επίσης θα παρουσιαστεί και το Swift EV Hybrid το οποίο μπορεί να κινηθεί αποκλειστικά με τον ηλεκτροκινητήρα του για περίπου 20 με 30 χλμ και όταν ο κινητήρας βενζίνης 660 κ.εκ λειτουργεί φορτίζει την μπαταρία του ηλεκτροκινητήρα για να επεκτείνει έτσι την αυτονομία του.
Επίσης στο περιθώριο της έκθεσης ανακοίνωσε ότι το 2011 πούλησε 2.5 εκατ. αυτοκίνητα το 2011 αύξηση κατά 3% σε σχέση με το 2011, παρότι τις σημαντικές ζημιές που υπέστησαν τα εργοστάσια της λόγω του σεισμού και του τσουνάμι της 11ης Μαρτίου. Αναλυτικότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείς να βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.
2012 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW – EXHIBIT RELEASE
Global compact car with CO2 emissions no higher than 70g/km
Suzuki is showcasing the G70 at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. This model made its debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show as the REGINA, and it now wears a G70 badge which originates from a nickname adopted during the development process. While the goal of reducing CO2 emissions is an absolute must throughout automotive development, Suzuki also believes that A-segment models should always be customer-responsive. With this in mind, Suzuki has focused on developing an A-segment car with CO2 emissions no higher than 70g/km for market launch in the near future, featuring – as the name suggests – the G70’s environmental technologies.
Although the G70 is a petrol model, its fuel economy and emissions are on a par with those of a hybrid, thanks to its weight of just 730kg and a drag coefficient more than 10% lower than that of a Suzuki A-segment production model. It also features a direct-injection turbo petrol engine and an Engine Auto Stop Start system with regenerative braking. All in all, the G70’s CO2 emissions do not exceed 70g/km*.
* The G70’s CO2 emissions were measured under specific test conditions in the New European Driving Cycle. They may vary under different weather, road, driving and servicing conditions.
- Lightweight, highly rigid platform
- Distinctive styling, combining spaciousness with excellent aerodynamics
- 800cm3 direct-injection turbo petrol engine and continuously variable transmission, with CVT
- Engine Auto Stop Start system with regenerative braking
- Fashionable green-and-white colour scheme highlighting the vehicle’s contours
- Floating interface with touch-panel operability, facilitating the supply of information to the driver
The G70’s platform is light but rigid, since it has more curves than a conventional platform. The components and materials used in the G70 also reflect an uncompromising focus on lightness. As a result, the G70 weighs a mere 730kg (more than 100kg less than the Suzuki Alto*). Note: * MT model.
2. Advanced aerodynamics
The shape of the G70 means excellent aerodynamics and greater interior comfort. A relatively upright windscreen ensures good forward visibility while directing air smoothly over the top and sides of the body. Other drag-reducing details include rear combination lamps which ensure a smooth airflow toward the rear and C-pillar garnishes which steer and adjust the airflow. The G70’s drag coefficient is more than 10% lower than that of a Suzuki A-segment production model.
The environmental benefits of the G70’s lightness and low running resistance are complemented by a highly efficient 800cm3 turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine with CVT.
4. Other fuel-saving technologies
An Engine Auto Stop Start system with regenerative braking saves fuel effectively by storing and reusing the G70’s kinetic energy during deceleration.
The G70 is not just another car with environmental features: it also has a distinctive character deriving from its “emotional” styling. The design language focuses on “premium casual”, which can be interpreted as mature elegance and fine quality. The use of transparent materials and relatively bright colours creates an airy impression and succeeds in expressing the quality of a compact car with less of an environmental burden.
A stylish, futuristic cabin incorporates a unique floating interface which provides information on navigation, audio and climate control. A transparent touch-panel display makes the information easy to read and allows easy inputs. The G70 uses the floating interface to recommend destinations and music in line with the driver’s preferences – which it infers from journey data and search records. It also uses the floating interface to show friends driving nearby on a map and enables the driver to share route information with them. Driving can be much more enjoyable with this infotainment system prompted by the G70.
Green bodywork underscores the G70’s environmental credentials. The paintwork has a deep, refined look which emphasises the car’s highly contoured shape. A white finish on the roof creates a fashionable two-tone look which suits the lightweight model.
|Seating capacity:||4 persons|
|Power unit:||800cm3 direct-injection turbo petrol engine|
|Engine Auto Stop Start system with regenerative braking|
|Transmission:||CVT. Front-engine/front-wheel drive|
2012 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW – CORPORATE RELEASE
- Annual sales of 2.5 million units despite tough market
- Cumulative sales of Swift expected to reach 2.5 million units in March 2012
- Geneva exhibits highlight environmental initiatives
1. Suzuki sales in 2011
In 2011, the market environment for automakers was extremely harsh due to the economic downturn arising from the European financial crisis and the credit squeeze in Asia. Nevertheless, Suzuki managed to avoid a significant drop in sales volume. It focused its sales efforts on the new Swift, which was launched all over the world. The company posted particularly strong sales in ASEAN countries, Central and South America, and Africa. Suzuki’s worldwide sales volume dipped by 3% on the year but matched the 2010 level of 2.5 million units.
Eurozone austerity measures resulting from the European sovereign debt crisis are hastening the contraction of the car market in Europe and making competition even more intense. Suzuki benefited from the new Swift and from the SX4, which was still showing sales growth in its fifth year on the market. Suzuki’s European sales volume dipped 4% to 234,000 units.
Suzuki continues to enjoy major success with the Swift, which is popular around the world thanks to its distinctively strong, refined looks and sporty handling. Suzuki launched the Swift as its first world international strategic model at the 2004 Paris Motor Show and now offers a second-generation Swift which embodies the same concept. Cumulative worldwide sales of the Swift look set to reach 2.5 million units in March 2012. Meanwhile, the SX4 – the car with which Suzuki established the crossover category in 2005 – remains popular in Europe and other markets. Cumulative worldwide sales of the SX4 will soon reach one million units.
2. FY2011 third-quarter business results
Suzuki’s business in the third quarter of the fiscal year was affected by the natural disaster in Japan, by the strong yen, and by a slowdown in car sales in India. Sales were down on the year at ¥1.798 trillion. Net profit was also down on the year at ¥40.6 billion. Suzuki’s business performance for the whole fiscal year will be affected by the strong yen and the floods in Thailand. The company anticipates sales of ¥2.5 trillion and a net profit of ¥50 billion.
CY2011 Production and Sales
|Automobiles||World excluding Japan||1,776||(-2%)||1,815||(+23%)|
|Motorcycles and ATVs||Total||2,624||(-7%)||2,816||(+2%)|
|World excluding Japan and Europe||1,716||(+23%)||1,721||(+23%)|
|Motorcycles and ATVs||Total||2,616||(-8%)||2,851||(-1%)|
3. Exhibits for 2012 Geneva International Motor Show
Suzuki’s exhibits at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show highlight the company’s vision of environmentally friendly cars.
Suzuki has a three-pillar strategy for next-generation environmental technologies, one of which is to improve the fuel economy of petrol-engine cars. In the quest for a car which has low CO2 emissions and is also accessible to everyone, Suzuki specifically aims to create a next-generation petrol-engine A-segment car with CO2 emissions under 70g/km. The G70 reflects Suzuki’s goal. Its CO2 emissions are no more than 70g/km – thanks to exceptional lightness and aerodynamic performance, a turbocharged direct-injection engine, and an Engine Auto Stop Start System with regenerative braking.
Swift Range Extender*2
The Swift Range Extender incorporates improvements to the Swift Plug-in Hybrid, which Suzuki exhibited at the 2010 Geneva International Motor Show. It embodies Suzuki’s vision of an environmentally friendly car for short urban journeys. Suzuki plans to develop the Swift Range Extender further and launch it in Europe in the near future.
Since the Alto debuted in 2009, its combination of low CO2 emissions (initially 103g/km), refined styling, user friendliness and affordability have made it so popular that sales in Europe had topped 131,000 units by the end of 2011. In the light of new CO2 regulations in the European Union and Switzerland, Suzuki enhanced the Alto for even lower CO2 emissions (99g/km) in 2011 by adopting intake and exhaust variable valve timing. The enhanced Alto carries forward the established, popular exterior design and has a classier interior trim.
4. Environmental initiatives
Suzuki has created the “Suzuki Green” brand, which is used in connection with environmental technologies and products with the environmental technologies incorporated. All corresponding technologies and products now feature a new emblem which incorporates “Suzuki Green” (from September 2011 onward).
*1 The G70 featured as the Regina at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.
*2 The Swift Range Extender featured as the Swift EV Hybrid at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.