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August 16, 2007, 3pm News Round-up


Suzuki adds ESP to revised Swift

Suzuki adds ESP to revised Swift

August 16, 2007, 3pm Suzuki has made an electronic stability program (ESP) standard on all models of the revised Swift.

It’s one of the few mass-market small cars available here with the highly touted electronic aid.

Elsewhere in the black boxes, the engine management system has been tweaked, allowing the 92kW engine to rev to a new red line of 7200rpm.

New front and rear bumpers have added 65mm to overall length and there is a different grille, redesigned taillights and new six-spoke alloy wheels for Limited versions.

A false floor in the rear luggage compartment creates a flat load space and eliminates the lip.

The load cover can be stored under the false floor and to accommodate taller items like suitcases, the false floor can be removed and stowed at the base of the load area.

MIA takes swipe at its rival

August 16, 2007, 3pm. The Motor Industry Association (MIA) has taken a swipe at its sometimes-adversary, the Independent Motor Vehicle Dealers Association (IMVDA) over its E10 fuel stance.

“The IMVDA has reacted in typically cavalier fashion … in their haste to jump on the bandwagon,” said Perry Kerr, CEO of the MIA.

“Their assertion that E10 ethanol blended fuel is suitable for used imported vehicles is likely to place their customers at risk.”

“Members of this organisation are in the business of importing used cars from Japan, a country which has never used ethanol in its fuel, and where the cars use different fuel system componentry to that specified for export models.

“The maximum ethanol blend certified by Japan’s vehicle producers for Japan’s domestic models is three percent.”

Japan likely to lead in hybrid development

August 16, 2007, 3pm. Research and consulting firm Frost and Sullivan expects about six to seven percent of global vehicle production could be hybrid by 2014 or 2015.

The firm believes that Japan will lead hybrid development, noting “Europe is already behind the Japanese by two or three years.”


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