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