Mov­ing from Ja­pan to Thai­land hasn’t dented the poplu­lar Suzuki’s price

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fac­tory, in a sim­i­lar move to the one that has Ford, Honda, Toy­ota and a wide range of other brands tak­ing their sup­plies from the Asian man­u­fac­tur­ing pow­er­house.

Thai­land is now sec­ond only to Ja­pan as a source of cars for Aus­tralia and last year we bought 171,878 Thaibuilt cars.

Swift is the first Thai car for us,’’ El­lis says. Ja­pan is now con­cen­trat­ing on domestic pro­duc­tion.

It is a green­field fac­tory that’s only been build­ing cars since the third quar­ter last year. In fu­ture we’ll look at ev­ery pos­si­bil­ity with cars coming out of that plant.’’

For the Swift, the new sup­ply line brings cruise con­trol and fac­to­ry­in­te­grated Blue­tooth to the GL model, while the GLX picks up cruise con­trol.

Suzuki says the new deal is an $850 bonus on the GL, de­spite a price rise of $300, but there is no change to the show­room sticker of the GLX’s start­ing price of $18,990. This re­porter isonTwit­ter

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