Live! From New York: Suzuki Debuts Concept Kizashi 3 at 2008 New York International Auto Show

    - Suzuki 'Way of Life!' brand spirit illustrated by world debut of
    Concept Kizashi 3

    - Suzuki broadcasts plan to produce global sport sedan based on Concept
    Kizashi 3 design

    - Series premiere of complete Concept Kizashi family

    NEW YORK, March 20 /CNW/ -- Performing onstage at this year's New York
International Auto Show in front of a packed house, American Suzuki Motor
Corp. hosts the world debut of its sleek and athletic Concept Kizashi 3, which
completes the company's star-studded cast of media-acclaimed Kizashi concepts.
In addition to the North American reveals of Concept Kizashi and Concept
Kizashi 2, the global introduction of Concept Kizashi 3 coincides with
Suzuki's announcement that it will produce a sport sedan derived from the
Concept Kizashi 3 design.

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    The Concept Kizashi series was developed by Suzuki's Advanced Design
Group to reflect a dynamic athlete in motion, taking design cues from a
strong, honed physique while displaying the performance, strength and style
befitting a flagship vehicle.  The design theme began with Concept Kizashi,
which made its debut at the 2007 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, and
the Concept Kizashi 2, unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, which further
revealed Suzuki's new design language.
    "Kizashi means 'prelude' in Japanese, and that's exactly what this design
represents for Suzuki from both a business and a product standpoint," said
Mark Harano, president, American Suzuki Automotive Operations.  "Concept
Kizashi 3 illustrates our brand character and personifies our heritage, design
strength and engineering prowess.  With customers in 192 countries and
regions, Suzuki is truly a global brand, and the coming model carries on our
mission to build the image of our automotive products in North America and
eventually match our bikes' reputation."
    Known primarily as a maker of small vehicles, Suzuki intends for the
production derivative of the Kizashi series to serve as the company's flagship
vehicle, strengthening its current product line of small cars, trucks and SUVs
with a sporting, more accommodating sedan.  The future production model will
be built at Suzuki's brand-new Sagara plant in Japan, currently under
construction, and provide an accessible alternative to the near-luxury
segment.  While a firm timetable has not been announced, Suzuki will deliver
the Kizashi-influenced sport sedan to North American dealers by 2010.
    The Concept Kizashi Series
    Evoking the physical superiority and dignity of a world-class athlete,
the Concept Kizashi series was developed to create a substantial presence that
redefines the traditional performance vehicle and moves the Suzuki brand
upscale.  The overall design theme suggests physical strength from intense
daily training, with the strong will, commitment and presence of a champion.
    Each of the Concept Kizashi vehicles strikes a balance between driver
comfort and sportiness, with roomy cabins melded to lean, dynamic exteriors.
The hood and body style of all three Concept Kizashis hint at abundant engine
power and wind-splitting aerodynamics, while the long wheelbase, aggressive
wheel/tire combinations and abbreviated overhangs communicate a
performance-oriented, energetic image.  A powerful-looking body profile is
incorporated throughout the series to convey underlying strength, with large
wheels and a wide tread expressing a capacity for superior performance. Beyond
its exterior architecture, the Concept Kizashi series constitutes a
four-wheeled continuation of Suzuki's exciting, performance-oriented
motorcycle heritage, represented best by its dynamic, world-renowned line of
GSX-R sportbikes.  Those bikes, some two decades after their introduction,
continue to dominate the sportbike segment and have achieved iconic status.
    Concept Kizashi
    Concept Kizashi made its world debut at the 2007 International Motor Show
in Frankfurt, demonstrating Suzuki's progress toward the development of a
vehicle that combines sportiness, style and substance.  As the first concept
in the Kizashi series, the vehicle's dynamic exterior was specifically
developed to push the envelope and establish the overall design theme of the
series.  Reflecting the spirit of a highway athlete, the exaggerated
dimensions of Concept Kizashi and its strong fascia communicate a dignified
character and the overall presence of a dynamic flagship vehicle.
    Concept Kizashi 2
    Debuted at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, the Concept Kizashi 2 crossover
sport wagon aims at drivers with dynamic lifestyles and can accommodate a wide
range of activities.  Continuing the series' athletic theme, Concept Kizashi 2
reflects the body of a triathlete, with the five-door vehicle's all-road
capability enhanced by its raised height and all-wheel-drive configuration. In
addition to the sport crossover's versatility, its 3.6 liter V6 engine and
six-speed automatic transmission promise a rewarding and engaging driving
experience for daily drivers and enthusiasts alike.
    Concept Kizashi 3
    The closest-to-production variation of the Concept Kizashi series,
Concept Kizashi 3 embodies Suzuki's interpretation of the sport sedan segment
in the North American market.  The Kizashi's "super sport" identity, a core
component of the Suzuki brand DNA, is tempered by the vehicle's overall
mission to provide strong, refined urban performance.
    As with Concept Kizashi and Concept Kizashi 2, the front end of the
Concept Kizashi 3 expresses strength and style, with sharply fashioned
headlights that emphasize the sensation of forward motion.  The vehicle's
exquisitely engineered body reflects Suzuki's distinctive combination of
capability and refinement, with power flowing from a 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine
with plated cylinders -- a weight-and space-saving technology that evolved
from the lessons learned by Suzuki's motorcycle and WRC development teams. The
body's monochrome finish, Kizashi Silver, gives the vehicle a sense of
composure and depth of character, with metallic paint sparkling to emphasize
the dynamism of the body's cross-section.

    Concept Kizashi 3 Specifications

    Powertrain layout             Front engine, four-wheel drive with Advanced
                                  i-AWD system
    Seating capacity(persons)     Five
    Tires                         255/30ZR21 9.5J
    Wheels                        21-inch, nine-spoke, aluminum
    Engine                        3,564cm3 V6, DOHC, 24-valve
    Transmission                  Six-speed automatic (with paddle shifters)
    Maximum power                 300 hp
    Overall length                4,650mm/183.1 in.
    Overall width                 1,900mm/74.8 in.
    Overall height                1,450mm/57.1 in.
    Wheelbase                     2,800mm/110.2 in.
    Minimum ground clearance      120mm
    Body color                    Kizashi Silver
    2008 Suzuki Auto Product Line
    Suzuki Auto's versatile line of vehicles includes the spirited four-door
SX4 Sport, bold and functional five-door SX4 Crossover, exciting XL7 midsize
SUV, rugged Grand Vitara compact SUV, popular Forenza sedan and Forenza Wagon,
and the European-styled Reno.  Every vehicle in the line provides Suzuki's
standout virtues of toughness, leading-edge style and high-end features at
very competitive prices.  All 2008 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America's
#1 Warranty:  a 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible
powertrain limited warranty.
    About Suzuki
    The Brea, Calif.-based Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor
Corporation was founded in 1985 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation
(SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a
network of approximately 500 automotive dealerships in 49 states.  Based in
Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle and
outboard motor manufacturer with sales of more than two million new
automobiles annually.  Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has
operations in 192 countries and regions.  For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Jeff Holland of American Suzuki Motor 
Corporation, +1-562-640-1758,; or Andrew Nicolai of 
PainePR, +1-949-293-5241,, for American Suzuki Motor 
Corporation Web Site:

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