Saloon will be shown at Geneva - but there are still no plans for a UK launch
3 March 2010

A European version of the Suzuki Kizashi saloon has been revealed at the Geneva motor show – but the firm still has no plans to bring it to the UK.

The Kizashi at Geneva is for the Swiss market only. Suzuki is looking at launching its Mondeo rival on a market-by-market basis and Suzuki UK is keen to take the model when the time is right.

Suzuki Kizashi first drive

The Kizashi is currently only available with a 2.4-litre petrol engine, and a Suzuki source told Autocar that this powerplant would be difficult to market in the UK.

“With an engine with CO2 emissions of around 180g/km, it would be hard to make an impact in the sector,” said the source. “We’d also have a challenge with corporate sales with that engine.”

See pics of the Suzuki Kizashi

Suzuki is still keen to bring the car to the UK when the market conditions are right, but for now it would just compete in the small car sector.

The Kizashi is currently available in Japan, but US and Australia and Swiss sales would start soon after the show. Suzuki currently has no plans to sell the European model outside Switzerland, but this is under constant review.

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29 January 2010

this is the best looking suzuki i would say ever made it deserves success

29 January 2010

This vehicle has yet to be released in Australia, contrary to what your article states. A simple check of Suzuki's Australian website would have confirmed this.

29 January 2010

Hopefully with VW now having a 20% stake Suzuki can use their 2.0CR with 140 and 170 outputs - that'd break in to the market! It's a good looking car, it's not oversized and if they can make it available with the AWD other markets are getting you've got a decent niche product - Subaru don't sell a saloon in the UK anymore.

29 January 2010

Yeah, that's a good idea Suzuki. Don't introduce the model while it's still fresh and getting impressive reviews. Only offer the model when it's no longer a new addition to the range and has dated. By which time absolutely no one will be either impressed or interested. Good one.

29 January 2010

I despair at american engines.

3 March 2010

[quote beachland2] I despair at american engines.[/quote]

Yes, but the Americans don't.

You'd would have thought the Swiss would be into "The car is destroying the planet single handed" and wouldn't be keen on this car.

The Swiss are an enigma wrapped in a puzzle within a conundrum at times.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

3 March 2010

i would think it should sell quite well with the right engine.i suspect Suzuki and Volkswagen were working together for ages before VW took a 20% stake.This car has VWdesign cues from every angle.and looks like a Jetta from the front.A pity really!!

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