The new Grand Vitara is powered by a
turbocharged, European common rail
diesel engine with direct, electronic
fuel injection. The fuel-efficient four-
cylinder engine produces 95 kW (129
brake horsepower) with 300 Nm of
torque at a low 2,000 rpm, which
provides excellent mid-range response
Where these numbers make the biggest
difference is when you're towing your
boat or caravan, or doing some heavy-
duty off-roading. That's when
the new diesel really comes into its
own, particularly on the downhill bits
where strong engine braking is needed
to help control your descent.
For the outdoors enthusiast, it's also
good to know that this Grand Vitara
is very kind to the environment. Fitted
with a particulate filter, the new diesel
engine complies with stringent Euro
4 emission regulations and is one of
the cleanest diesels available. The 205
grams/km of CO2 emitted by the engine
is outstandingly low.
"With the arrival of the diesel model,
Grand Vitara has the market well
covered," says Suzuki General manager
of Marketing, Tom Peck. "We have
three and five door models and a choice
of four engines from a 1.6 petrol,
through to 2.7 litre V6 and now the
diesel. It's probably the best line up of
any medium size SUV on the market."
The new Grand Vitara Diesel 5-door
with manual transmission goes on sale
with a recommended retail price
GDO AUCKLAND SHOWGROUNDS
MARCH 24-26, 2006
TALK ABOUT AN EYE-OPENER SHEILA!
Everything a woman could ever want
and more was on display at this year's
Girls' Day Out. More blokes seemed to
turn out this time, most of them looking
like they were enjoying it every bit as
much as the girls.
Suzuki was the main sponsor of the
event for the second year running.
With our stand positioned perfectly at
front of house, Suzuki became the first
port of call as people flooded in each
day. Our electric blue Grand Vitara
looked every bit the part, brightly lit
and perched up on stage where it drew
heaps of attention.
From Friday to Sunday the stand was
filled to overflowing with people
completing entries to win the Grand
Vitara, all certain that theirs was the
On the final day at 5pm we drew the
winner's name. Janine Smith, from
Beachlands, was so overwhelmed she had
to get off the phone and pour herself
a drink. When we asked her what she
drove currently she said... "a Vectra, but
I'd rather be driving a Suzuki"!
Versatility is Diesel's big strength
THE ANSWER pretty much sums up the
latest Suzuki to hit the world stage.
The all-new, five door SX4 combines
the best elements of a sport utility
lifestyle vehicle with a conventional
car and it will be available as a four
Final specifications for the local market
have yet to be confirmed, but this will
be a major new release for Suzuki
New Zealand, following on from
the success of the Swift and new
generation Grand Vitara.
"I think this will be a very popular
choice for New Zealanders," said
Suzuki New Zealand General Manager
of Marketing Tom Peck.
"Like the Swift and Grand
Vitara models, it has very
handsome `chic' styling
with a strong European
influence. But it also
delivers what many
New Zealanders want
from a car."
"We don't spend
all our time
locked up in
big cities," says
Tom. "We like
to get out and enjoy the outdoors,
cart the kids to sports, commute short
distances to work and generally see our
cars as things to have fun in."
Fun is certainly what you can expect
in the SX4, but it's certainly no toy.
The new car will
be available with a
mode four wheel
drive system, which
allows drivers to switch
between two wheel
drive and an automatic four wheel
drive mode that adjusts to front
With a top NCAP safety rating, the
super efficient and versatile new SX4
will be a welcome addition to the new
Suzuki lineup in the near future.
What do you get if you cross
a Swift with Grand Vitara?
WORLDWIDE SALES of new Suzuki auto-
mobiles rose 7% to break the two million
barrier for the first time during 2005. The
strong global result was mirrored in New
Zealand where Suzuki sold more cars last
year than ever before, almost doubling
its market share to 3.2% to finish the
year at 9th in the new car market.
Leading the worldwide charge was, of
course, the remarkable success of the
Swift. Suzuki production plants around
the world are now running to capacity
to keep up with the demand.
The new Grand Vitara has also helped
boost sales worldwide. The SUV market
is highly competitive, but Suzuki has
read the market well with a lighter,
more compact 4x4 that is as much at
home in the city as it is in the country.
2006 looks like being another excellent
year for Suzuki in New Zealand and
around the world.
New sales records for Suzuki
The awards keep coming for new Swift
Above Right: You can tackle the
rough stuff with confidence in the
Grand Vitara Diesel.
Right: The turbo-intercooled Diesel.
Above: Well done Janine (right). Another lucky Suzuki
winner and another very successful Girls' Day Out!
Suzuki Stand first port
of call at Girls' Day Out
E u r o D I E S E L
FUEL EFFICIENCY, LOW EMISSIONS and great pulling power are keys to the new
diesel powered version of the new generation Grand Vitara. Released in April
2006, the new diesel model is sure to be popular with the ever-growing number
of SUV buyers who want to spend less at the pump without sacrificing power.
"We have three and five door models
and a choice of four engines from a
1.6 petrol, through to 2.7 litre V6 and
now the diesel."
THIS SEASON sees our entry into the
big league with sponsorship of
New Zealand's Vodafone Warriors
Rugby League Team.
As the Official Vehicle Suppliers to
the Club, we have supplied eight new
Grand Vitara V6 autos and an APV
Van, all decked out with stunning
We also have a strong presence
at Ericcson Stadium, home of the
Warriors. Large billboards in all four
corners showcase the the pride of
Suzuki's vehicle and motorcycle range.
With a full promotional programme
in place, you can expect a lot of action
on and off the field for Suzuki and the
Warriors this season.
Suzuki gets into the big league
AS WELL AS BEING THE NUMBER 1
SELLING SUPERMINI IN 2005, the awards
still keep rolling in for the Swift.
Within months of its release, Swift was
awarded a Special Achievement Award in
Japan for "Most Fun Car". Here in New
Zealand, it took out the NBR's coveted
"Small Car of the Year Award", Driver
Magazine/AMI Small Car of the Year, and
NZ Autocar Small Car of the Year.
But perhaps the most meaningful of all
the awards was to see the new Swift in
the top 10 for the 2006 World Car
of the Year Awards.
This is a significant achievement,
especially when you look at who
else is on the list, including Mercedes
Benz, Porsche and Range Rover.