Kiza­shi’s an all-star

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

SUZUKI has re­ceived the max­i­mum five-star crash rat­ing for its 2011 Kiza­shi and 2011 Swift mod­els by ANCAP or EuroNCAP.

The lat­est Swift has seven airbags and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol as stan­dard.

The Kiza­shi (pic­tured) also ad­vances to five stars fol­low­ing an up­grade to the 2011 range, in­clud­ing a driver knee airbag and au­di­ble front seat­belt re­minders.

It now has seven airbags and ESC as stan­dard.

Mean­while, BMW’s first M model in the pre­mium com­pact class will cost $99,900 but only 100 will be com­ing to Aus­tralia. In Aus­tralian show­rooms in June, the 1-Se­ries M Coupe (it’s not an M1) has a 3-litre bi-turbo six for 250kW/ 500Nm and a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 sec­onds.

Based on the 1-Se­ries Coupe, the M car gains 55mm in width, a 71mm wider front and 44mm wider rear track, and 19-inch al­loys with 245/35 front and 265/35 rear tyres. BMW claims a 9.6 l/100km av­er­age.

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