Swift punch­line

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE -

The first starter for the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show in Mel­bourne in July is al­ready in the blocks.

It’s the Suzuki Swift Sport, which is about to be pre­viewed in Europe and should be in Aus­tralian show­rooms in the early months of 2012.

The Sport is not a huge change from the reg­u­lar all-new Swift that has just been launched but prom­ises more punch from an up­graded en­gine.

Full de­tails will be re­vealed at the Geneva Mo­tor Show in just over a week.

The only dif­fer­ence for Aus­tralia sales is that the Swift Sport will con­tinue as a five-door hatch, where Europe gets a three-door body.

‘‘We’ll have it as a five door. We would like the three-door, but it’s still only made in Hun­gary at the mo­ment,’’ says Tony Dev­ers, gen­eral man­ager of Suzuki Aus­tralia.

‘‘It’s very ag­gres­sive and pretty nice. It will be more pow­er­ful than the cur­rent Swift Sport and, with the more-rigid new chas­sis, should be a ripper han­dler.’’

Dev­ers says the Swift is a cru­cial car for Suzuki, which ex­plains its early con­fir­ma­tion for the mo­tor show.

‘‘We def­i­nitely in­tend to have it on our stand. And we’ll get it in show­rooms early next year,’’ he says. The new Swift is the last in a run of all-new mod­els from Suzuki that be­gan with the first Euro-fo­cused Swift more than five years ago and con­tin­ued with the Grand Vi­tara and Kiza­shi.

Suzuki faces a new-model drought for at least 18 months, un­til it can ce­ment the de­tails of a new tech­ni­cal tie-up with Volk­swa­gen Group.

Dev­ers says work is un­der way on po­ten­tial en­gine-shar­ing pro­grams but he has no de­tails.

In­stead, he is fo­cused on a suc­cess­ful launch for the new Swift.

‘‘We’ll sell 2000 more Swifts a year with the new one, and the first few weeks are on track (to do that al­ready),’’ he says.

The Suzuki Swift Sport should be in our show­rooms early next year

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.