SUZUKI LAUNCHES NEW 2010 KIZASHI SEDAN by HC120901003528

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                            SUZUKI LAUNCHES NEW 2010 KIZASHI SEDAN

          With the introduction of the all-new Kizashi, Suzuki delivers the sophistication and driving
           experience of premium sport sedans for the price of an ordinary midsize car.

          Kizashi is an uncommon blend of the emotionally satisfying elements of fine European sedans
           and the virtues of modern Japanese car ownership.

          North American Car of the Year contender serves as halo vehicle for expanding Suzuki lineup.

          Kizashi’s performance and platform reflect Suzuki’s exuberant brand spirit, backed by the
           confidence of America’s #1 Warranty.

    American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) takes a bold step forward with its fall introduction of the 2010
    Kizashi. Known primarily as a maker of small vehicles and high-performance motorcycles, December
    will mark the showroom debut of the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi (pronounced “Kee-Zah-Shee”), the
    company’s first entry into the all-wheel-drive sport sedan segment. Benchmarked against some of the
    leading cars in the world, the all-new 2010 Kizashi becomes an instant car-of-the-year contender in its
    own right. With the launch of the Kizashi, Suzuki delivers a unique blend of dynamic performance
    attributes and premium design aesthetics and craftsmanship yet to be experienced in this category.
    Scheduled to arrive in Suzuki’s North American showrooms before the end of the year, the Kizashi will
    serve as the company’s flagship vehicle, further expanding and strengthening its award-winning
    product line of high-quality small cars, trucks and SUVs.


    “In developing and naming our newest automotive introduction, the Japanese word ‘Kizashi,’ which
    tells that something great is coming, seemed appropriate,” said Kevin Saito, president, American
    Suzuki. “Now that the production model Kizashi has arrived, we expect the name and the product
    itself to clearly demonstrate the bold statement this company knew it would be making with the debut
    of this vehicle – while simultaneously suggesting what will emerge in the Suzuki lineup as we look
    ahead to the future.”


    The Kizashi sport sedan, which originates from the Concept Kizashi series introduced over the last
    two years, follows the type of design theme and appreciation for performance previously illustrated by
    the three eye-catching and immaculately designed concept vehicles. The production Kizashi
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redefines the traditional performance sedan and moves the Suzuki brand upscale without abandoning
Suzuki’s traditional emphasis on content and value. Furthermore, its active and energetic identity, a
core component of the Suzuki brand DNA, is augmented by the vehicle’s overall mission to provide a
strong, refined urban performance.


Confidence-Inspiring Performance
Built at Suzuki’s brand-new manufacturing facility in Sagara, Japan, the 2010 Kizashi is equipped with
a 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine. Benefiting from an oversquare bore/stroke ratio and 10:1
compression, the new Suzuki powerplant delivers 185 HP (@ 6,500 rpm) and 170 lb-ft of torque (@
4,000 rpm) with the manual transmission. When mated to the performance-tuned CVT, the 2.4 liter
DOHC inline four delivers 180 HP (@ 6,000 rpm). In either configuration it is a more powerful engine
than those engines which are standard in many conventional midsize sedans. The twin cam four
employs both an aluminum block and cylinder heads, providing a lightweight, compact installation;
aluminum pistons with low tensile force rings deliver improved power and efficiency. Drop-forged
connecting rods, rotating on a forged steel crankshaft, contribute to the inline four’s durability, and a
balancer shaft delivers improved engine balance and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).


The responsive inline four is connected to a six-speed manual transmission, for heightened
performance in the low gears, while affording relaxed – and economical – cruising capability in the
higher gears. Customers may also opt for an available performance-tuned Continuously Variable
Transmission (CVT) that delivers both the driving experience and fuel efficiency today’s consumers
demand, without compromising the character preferred by driving enthusiasts. That character is
enhanced with available paddle shifters, optimizing driver control regardless of speed or driving
environment. With either transmission choice, the Kizashi is engineered to return competitive fuel
economy numbers for America’s growing number of fuel-conscious consumers.


In order to distinguish itself in a saturated segment, Suzuki breaks away from the traditional values
normally associated with mainstream sedans and builds on Suzuki’s now well-established belief – via
Swift and SX4 – to deliver a dynamic and exhilarating driving experience. That driving experience
was validated on Germany’s Autobahn, Switzerland’s Alpine corners, the cobblestone roads of rural
England and the legendary Nürburgring.


An exceptionally rigid steel unibody – with reinforced front suspension and multi-link rear suspension
constructed with embedded aluminum – allows for crisp, nimble handling with excellent stability, a
sophisticated ride and reduced chassis vibration. Engineered from conception to be all-wheel-drive
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capable, the Kizashi offers a newly developed all-wheel-drive system with highly advanced controls
that evokes and promotes a natural sense of driving enthusiasm and safety. Kizashi’s sophisticated
braking system offers standard four-wheel disc brakes and includes suppliers such as Akebono, a
world-leader in NVH control and analysis and a leading brake supplier for automotive and high-speed
rail applications.


All-Weather Capability
Kizashi’s next generation i-AWD system is a rare option in its class, as this safety and performance
enhancing feature is more typically found among luxury sport sedan offerings. Engineered to provide
outstanding traction in inclement weather, the sophisticated all-wheel-drive system also delivers
enhanced cornering capabilities. Activated when the driver selects the “AWD” switch on the
instrument panel, power to the rear wheels starts immediately upon acceleration. Torque split
remains dependent on several factors, including wheel slippage, throttle and steering input.


Offered in combination with Kizashi’s i-AWD is an advanced electronic stability control system, adding
an additional layer of driver control to preclude the need for electronic intrusion that inhibits the driving
experience. In the event of vehicle oversteer (a tendency of the rear wheels to lose traction) the
synergetic vehicle dynamics control activates the AWD system to transfer driving force from the rear
wheels to the front and helps inhibit rear wheel skid. At the same time, the system provides additional
steering assist, making it easier for the driver to countersteer.


The Kizashi also offers extensive corrosion protection, including under-body resin panels, zinc plated
steel sheets and hot wax imbedded in the suspension mounting points. The sport sedan’s
all-weather-friendly features continue with three-stage heated seats, heated mirrors, rain-sensing
windshield wipers and a rear seat pass-thru for skis (the seats are also split-fold for those with even
larger loads).


The end result is a security blanket provided by both heightened traction and enhanced sensory
inputs. Driver and passengers are both better informed of road conditions and – ultimately – made
more secure.


Safety Features
The all-new Kizashi includes a class-leading list of standard safety equipment, including class-
exclusive standard eight airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP®)1, an anti-lock braking system
with electronic brake-force distribution and a tire pressure monitoring system. Additionally, the 2010
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Kizashi already meets some of the crash standards put in place for the year 2014, including rigorous
side pole crash and rear offset collision. Better visibility is achieved in the Kizashi with standard
projector beam headlights, supplemental side mounted signal lights, fold-down rear headrests and
available rear sonar and backup camera. Enhancing driver confidence, the Kizashi also offers a
reinforced rigid chassis for added stability and control.


Premium Feel
Suzuki has taken advantage of its expertise in the compact car segment to efficiently execute larger
interior proportions that afford comfort and practicality without the wasted space. Along with cabin
proportions that reward Kizashi drivers and passengers with comfort and roominess, Suzuki pursues
a contemporary, upscale interior feel – such as standard sport seats – in line with the vehicle’s on-
road performance characteristics. Driving enthusiasts will appreciate Kizashi’s sporty and elegant
instrument panel, while consumers seeking a luxury sedan will be pleased with the vehicle’s available
leather seating and premium quality materials rivaling upscale competitors. The Kizashi also offers
extensive sound insulation to help suppress road, tire and wind noise.


The available premium leather is supplemented by three-stage heated seats and a three-position
memory program for the driver’s seat. In addition, both cloth and leather seats benefit from Suzuki’s
attention to detail: French seams, hard cover rears and high-density, low fatigue foam. Other
premium feel details include ambient overhead and footwell lighting, felt flocked glove-box and center
console storage tray, soft-woven headliner and a-pillars and leather door pull-straps, all standard.


For those wanting high-tech beyond the engine compartment, the Kizashi’s interior delivers by the
megabyte. Beginning with standard keyless push start system, Kizashi also offers iPod®1
connectivity and optional streaming audio via Bluetooth®2. For your advanced listening pleasure,
Rockford Fosgate®3 provides an optional listening experience boosted by 425 watts of power pushed
through an 8-channel, 10-speaker system, including a subwoofer and advanced digital sound
processor.


Grades – and Upgrades
Enjoying a standard level of equipment fully appropriate to its near-luxury aspirations, Kizashi’s base
level ‘S’ exceeds any traditional definition of ‘base’ with standard push button start, sport front seats,
steering wheel audio controls, automatic dual-zone climate control with passenger rear vents, stability
control, 8 airbags and integrated-chromed dual exhaust tips.
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For those Kizashi customers wanting more in the way of comfort and composure, the SE adds a
standard CVT transmission, 215/55-17 tires mounted on alloy wheels, a 10-way power driver seat
with 3-position memory, cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift lever and parking
brake lever.


Opt for the GTS and you have your choice of 6-speed manual or CVT transmissions with paddle
shifters, 235/45-18 tires on alloy wheels, one-touch moonroof, fog lights, a 425 watt Rockford
Fosgate® audio system and integrated Bluetooth® hands-free calling and audio streaming. Kizashi’s
top-tier spec, the SLS, adds leather appointments to the interior, three-stage heated front seats, a
four-way power passenger seat, HomeLink®4 universal garage door opener, windshield wiper rain
sensor and rear parking sensors. In addition, those focusing on where they’ve been will enjoy exterior
heated mirrors and an automatic day-night mirror, while those focusing on where they’re going benefit
from automatic on/off headlamps.


Kizashi will offer exceptional value versus traditional mainstream, midsize sedans. Its core models
will be very well-equipped, offering everything from dual climate control to push-button start, a USB
port, 17-inch alloy wheels and eight airbags, yet will still cost between $22,000 to $24,000 – even with
available all-wheel drive. Along with Kizashi’s exceptional ride, handling and NVH control, this makes
a premium sedan available to the public at a non-premium price. For those who wish to spend even
less, a well-equipped base model with many of the same features will start below $20,000.

1
    iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the United States and other countries.
2
    Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
3
    Rockford Fosgate is a registered trademark of Rockford Fosgate.
4
    HomeLink is a registered trademark of Johnson Controls.




Technical Specifications – 2010 Suzuki Kizashi
Wheelbase:                                  106.3 inches
Overall Length:                             183.1 inches
Overall Width:                              71.7 inches
Engine:                                     2.4-liter, four-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine
Horsepower:                                 185 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque:                                     170 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission, Manual:                       Six-speed manual transmission
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Transmission, Automatic:           Continuously Variable
Brakes:                            Front vented disc brakes and rear solid disc brakes with Four-
                                   wheel disc brakes
EPA Fuel Economy Estimates:        21/31 manual FWD with 16-inch wheels
                                   20/29 manual FWD with 17/18-inch wheels
                                   23/31 CVT FWD with 16-inch wheels
                                   23/30 CVT FWD with 17/18-inch wheels
                                   23/30 CVT AWD with 16-inch wheels
                                   22/29 CVT AWD with 17/18-inch wheels


About Suzuki
The Brea, Calif.,-based Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) was founded in
1963 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the
United States through a network of approximately 350 automotive dealerships and numerous other
motorcycle, ATV and marine distributors in 49 states. With global headquarters in Hamamatsu,
Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle, and outboard motor manufacturer. In
2008, SMC sold more than 2 million new cars and trucks and more than 3.5 million motorcycles and
ATVs. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 196 countries and
regions. For more information, visit www.media.suzuki.com.


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Media Contacts
Jeff Holland, American Suzuki – (714) 996-7040 ext. 2464, jeff.holland@suz.com
David Boldt, American Suzuki – (714) 996-7040 ext. 2464, david.boldt@suz.com

								
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