Will au­ton­omy kill car own­er­ship?

14 July 1979

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SUZUKI’S LIGHT JEEP (LJ) was in­tro­duced in 1970, but it took un­til 1979 for it to be of­fered here. It was sold in its new 80 form, with either a can­vas roof or steel es­tate body atop a 41bhp four-cylin­der petrol en­gine, a four-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion and four-wheel drive.

“The LJ of­fers min­i­mal but ad­e­quate car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity for two and a mod­est load, plus a su­perb lit­tle en­gine and gear­box,” we said, “but a rather atro­cious ride.”

“It’s no sub­sti­tute for a Land Rover,” we con­cluded, but “ful­fils its util­ity func­tion ex­tremely well. It has con­sid­er­able ap­peal for the farmer who wants in­ex­trav­a­gant go-any­where trans­port, or the of­froad leisure mar­ket where run­ning costs are even more im­por­tant.”

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