Suzuki’s new approach to compact cars

off-my-wheelsBrian Joss –

More efficiency is the key

At the 85th Geneva Motor Show, Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled two world-premiere concept models, the iK-2 and the iM-4. New environmental technologies from Suzuki featured in the two models were also be introduced: these are a new-generation platform, the Boosterjet, a new downsized direct-injection turbo petrol engine; and the SHVS mild hybrid system.

The iK2 Concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. Picture: QuickPic
The iK2 Concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. Picture: QuickPic

Suzuki is well known as the compact car expert. Since manufacturing the Suzulight in 1955, the company has produced a whole series of compact cars suited to diverse needs. The iK-2 and the iM-4 represent two different approaches for modern times with its emphasis on diversity and environmental awareness.

The iK-2 is a compact hatchback built around the theme of “Harmonised Force.” All elements expected in a car of this size—design, utility, comfort, manoeuvrability, driving performance, fuel efficiency are all combined to raise compact car values to another level.

The iM-4, the iconic mini 4×4 follows the theme of “Shape the Inspiration”, it integrates Suzuki’s DNA in the field of developing compact 4x4s with the latest technology, all in a distinctively designed package “and gives real inspiration to drivers”.

Green technologies

Achieving the highest level of environmental performance is a key strategy of Suzuki’s product development. The centrepiece of this approach is Suzuki Green Technology, a portfolio of next-generation fuel-saving, weight-reduction, and other eco technologies developed and commercialised by Suzuki.

Suzuki is working on future environmental technologies for improving body design, increasing powertrain efficiency, and achieving better energy management, all of which are vital not only for making cars more eco-friendly but also enhancing vehicle performance. The key to these objectives are a lighter platform, a more thermal-efficient engine, and hybrid technology, which are incorporated in the iK-2 and the iM-4 concepts.

A new-generation and lightweight platform that improves basic vehicle performance; the new boosterjet, that saves fuel and an innovative hybrid system.

The new Boosterjet 1 litre direct-injection turbo engine

The Boosterjet 1.0 litre direct-injection turbo engine saves fuel by reducing engine displacement: output and torque are boosted with a turbocharger and is fitted to the iK-2.

Suzuki’s automobile sales for January-December were 2 877 units, up 7% year-on-year.

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