SUZUKI DEBUTS 2011 KIZASHI SPORT AT NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
• Suzuki enhances Kizashi lineup with world introduction of 'Sport' version.
• 2011 Kizashi Sport adds even more flash and class to content-packed Suzuki sport sedan. (concept carz)
NEW YORK (March 30, 2010)
• Competition in sporty hatch segment heats up with 2010 SX4 SportBack.
• Suzuki's New York International Auto Show exhibit (First Floor 311).
— American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) arrives in Manhattan — a city known for and populated by its many imports — for the global introduction of its 2011 Kizashi Sport at this year's New York International Auto Show. Offered exclusively on Kizashi GTS and SLS trim levels, Suzuki's new 'Sport' variant of its sleek and sophisticated sport sedan is scheduled to go on sale in the Únited States this August. Pricing for the all-new 2011 Kizashi Sport will be announced closer to the vehicle's arrival in dealer showrooms.
'We've been thrilled with an enthusiastic reaction to the 2010 Kizashi, and we look forward to offering sport sedan buyers the newest iteration of our stylish sport sedan later this year,' said Koichi Suzuki, executive vice president American Suzuki Automotive Operations. 'The Kizashi Sport provides us with an opportunity to build on the sport sedan's short-term accomplishments and further engage driving enthusiasts looking for an affordable alternative to luxury performance vehicles.'
Based on the recently introduced 2010 Kizashi (pronounced 'Kee-Zah-Shee'), already acclaimed for its near-luxury content and Euro-tuned platform, the 2011 Kizashi Sport moves the excitement meter upward with a host of external mods. These include a more muscular front fascia (with chrome accents) and lower grille, body side sill extensions, lower body side molding with chrome accents, a trunk mounted spoiler, custom light weight 18-inch alloy wheels and a 10mm lower ride height for a combination of better aerodynamics and a lower center of gravity for enhanced grip and sharper handling.
Inside, the new Kizashi gets a distinctive designed sport steering wheel with perforated leather grip and contrasting stitching on the leather seats, shifter boot and emergency brake boot (when equipped with black leather interior). Interior upgrades speak to the Kizashi's sporting intent, with form-fitting sport seats and driver-centric cockpit. 2010 Kizashi
The 2010 Kizashi is available in four trim levels, ranging from the well-equipped entry-level Kizashi S priced between $18,999 for FWD and $21,899 for AWD, to the luxuriously appointed SLS model ranging from $24,499 for FWD M/T to $26,899 for AWD Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Prices do not include the $735 destination and handling charge.
2010 Suzuki Auto Product Line
Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 185 hp
2010 SX4 SportBack
In addition, Suzuki will showcase America's most affordable 'Hot Hatch', the all-new 2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack. Sharing its base configuration with the all-wheel-drive SX4 Crossover, the SX4 SportBack offers an all-new 2.0-liter engine delivering 150 horsepower with its standard six-speed manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) For those with a preference for action with less interaction, a performance-tuned CVT (with paddle shifters) is optional. Suzuki's new hot hatch also features an aero package, larger rear, fog lamps, spoiler, lower ride package (when compared to the SX4 Crossover) with KYB performance shocks, keyless start, stability control, all-new instrument cluster and a class-exclusive standard navigation system.
Suzuki Auto's versatile line of vehicles includes the spirited four-door SX4 Sport, all-wheel-drive five-door SX4 Crossover, refined Grand Vitara compact SÚV, award-winning Equator pickup truck and all-new 2010 Kizashi and SX4 SportBack. Every vehicle in the line provides Suzuki's standout virtues of durability, leading-edge style and high-end features at very competitive prices. All 2010 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America's #1 Warranty: a 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.Source - Suzuki
2011 SUZUKI KIZASHI EARNS HIGHEST SATISFACTION RATING IN J.D. POWER STUDYKizashi awarded top spot among 2011 midsize cars in J.D. Power and Associates' annual APEAL StudySM
Since its North American debut, the Suzuki Kizashi midsize sports sedan has earned significant praise from automotive media and consumers alike. With the release of J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, that praise has been validated once again with the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi registering the highest total overall score among all new purchased or leased midsize cars sold in the Únited States. The Kizashi outperformed 13 other midsize competitors to earn the top award in the category, including earning the top spot in more than half of the individual category ratings. The median buyer profile also averaged 10 years younger and with higher income than the midsize segment average. This recognition follows other consumer satisfaction awards including the announcement earlier this summer that the Kizashi topped AutoPacific's annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA) for the second consecutive year.
'This is another great accomplishment for Suzuki, the combination of the J.D. Power and Associates' APEAL Award and the recent AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award affirms that Suzuki is bringing passion back into the midsize sedan category,' said Steve Younan, director of product planning and marketing, American Suzuki. 'We are proud of the Kizashi and this recognition from our owners is a strong testament to the hard work that our engineers, designers, and planners have put into this exciting vehicle.'
With sales up more than 55% this year, the Kizashi is Suzuki's most significant entry to date in the competitive midsize sedan segment. With its Autobahn-tuned suspension, unexpected level of standard content and a sub-$20,000 window sticker, Suzuki's sport sedan is resonating with an audience looking for entry-level luxury without the near-luxury price point. Propelled by a four cylinder, 2.4-liter engine producing 185 horsepower, the Kizashi offers rare options in its class such as a traction enhancing All-Wheel Drive system as well as a highly-equipped 6-speed manual transmission model. The Kizashi builds on the global success enjoyed by the company that produces the world-renowned Swift, SX4 Crossover, Grand Vitara compact SÚV, as well as a celebrated lineup of motorcycles, ATVs and marine engines.
Each year, J.D. Power and Associates surveys tens of thousands of new-vehicle buyers, asking them about their purchase experience, their new vehicle's quality, their service experience at the dealer, and what they like and dislike about their new vehicle. The J.D. Power and Associates APEAL Study examines how satisfying a new vehicle is to own and drive based on owner evaluations of more than 80 vehicle attributes.
The 2011 APEAL Study is based on responses gathered between February and May 2011 from more than
73,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2011 model-year cars and trucks who were surveyed after the first 90 days of ownership.Additional information and the complete results from this year' APEAL Study can be found online at www.jdpower.com.Source - Suzuki
SUZUKI KIZASHI EARNS HIGHEST SATISFACTION RATING FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEARKizashi awarded top spot among 2011 midsize cars in AutoPacific's 15th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards
Since its North American debut, the Suzuki Kizashi has earned significant praise from automotive media and consumers. With the release of AutoPacific's 15th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA), that praise has been validated once again with the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi registering highest in total overall satisfaction among all new purchased or leased midsize cars sold in the Únited States for the second consecutive year.
'This is another great accomplishment for Suzuki's product development team,' said Steve Younan, American Suzuki's director of product planning and marketing. 'We are proud of the Kizashi, and this recognition from our owners remains a strong testament to the hard work that our engineers and designers have put into this vehicle.'
The Kizashi is Suzuki's most significant entry to date in the competitive midsize sedan segment. With its Eurocentric handling, high level of standard content and a sub-$20,000 window sticker, Suzuki's sport sedan is resonating with an audience looking for entry-level luxury without the near-luxury price point. Propelled by a four cylinder, 2.4-liter engine producing 185 horsepower, and connected to a six-speed manual or optional CVT, the Kizashi builds on the global success enjoyed by the company that produces the world-renowned Swift, SX4 Crossover, Grand Vitara compact SÚV as well as a celebrated lineup of motorcycles, ATVs and marine engines.
Source - Suzuki
AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award is an industry benchmark for measuring how satisfied an owner is with his/her new vehicle. The study summarizes the results of more than 68,000 new vehicle owners. Additional information can be found on AutoPacific's websites at www.autopacific.com and www.vehiclevoice.com.