Suzuki starts exporting made in India Gixxer to Japan

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Suzuki Motorcycle has started exporting the made in India Gixxer to Japan. The manufacturer has announced that its first shipment of 720 units has already set sail from India. The Gixxer has thus become the first India-built Suzuki motorcycle to be sold in Suzuki Motor Corporation’s home country.

In addition to Japan, the Gixxer is also exported to some Latin American countries. Interestingly, the company’s four-wheeler arm – Maruti Suzuki, had also started exporting the Baleno hatchback to Japan last year.

The Gixxer is powered by a 155cc, single cylinder, air cooled engine which is mated to a five-speed gearbox. The models being exported to Japan are equipped with fuel injection and a rear disc brake. The Japan-spec Gixxer will be available in monotone as well as dual tone colour options.

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Suzuki launches new Solio & Solio Bandit hybrid cars in Japan

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Suzuki Motor Corporation has launched new versions of Solio and Solio Bandit compact cars equipped with newly-developed hybrid system in Japan on 29 November, 2016.

Equipped with Suzuki’s unique hybrid system, the hybrid versions of the Solio and Solio Bandit become the most fuel-efficient models in the compact height wagon class in Japan*1 at 32.0km/L*2. The system also realizes strong driving performance with acceleration feel, all while keeping the original features of the Solio series that realizes compact body and roomy cabin.

The newly-developed hybrid system adopts Suzuki’s unique parallel hybrid system, which combines a Motor Generator Unit (MGU) to an Auto Gear Shift (AGS). MGU is a compact driving motor that instantly boasts a big amount of energy, while AGS is a lightweight, compact, and efficient transmission. Together, they realize smooth acceleration by supplementing with MGU’s driving force while changing shifts.

With the synergy effect of MGU and AGS, they combine “further improvement of fuel efficiency” to “strong driving performance with acceleration feel”. The system offers two driving modes of “Normal mode” and “Eco mode” to let the driver select between brisk driving in start and acceleration, and driving with priority on fuel efficiency by increasing the frequency of EV driving. The hybrid versions also offer special blue-based exterior and interior that give the image of eco. Plus, all variants qualify for eco-car tax breaks in Japan.

Through introducing hybrid versions that combine fuel efficiency to strong driving, in addition to the conventional mild hybrid versions to the Solio and Solio Bandit, they will offer first-of-its-kind compact height wagons that let the customers select the versions depending on their lifestyles and usages.

<Main features of hybrid versions of Solio and Solio Bandit>

  • 1. Suzuki’s unique hybrid system that realized EV driving
    The most fuel-efficient models in the compact height wagon class in Japan*1at 32.0km/L*2
  • 2. Two driving modes that realize both brisk driving and driving with priority on fuel efficiency
  • 3. Special exterior and interior colour that give the image of eco
  • *1 Based on Suzuki research in November 2016 on compact height wagon (two-row, five-seater with engine displacement of 1.5L or less and overall heights of 1,600mm or more). Measured in JC08 test cycle and verified by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
  • *2 Measured in JC08 test cycle and verified by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

<Features of hybrid versions of Solio and Solio Bandit>

1. Suzuki’s unique hybrid system that realized EV driving
The most fuel-efficient models in the compact height wagon class in Japan*1 at 32.0km/L*2

  • – K12C type DUALJET engine is equipped with Suzuki’s unique lightweight, compact, and high-efficiency parallel hybrid system which combines MGU (driving motor that can also generate electricity) to AGS (transmission with high efficiency).
  • – Original feature of the Solio series of roomy cabin is kept while adopting a hybrid system that enables EV driving, such as by storing a 100V high-voltage lithium-ion battery under the luggage space floor.
  • – Electricity is generated during driving and stored to a 100V high-voltage lithium-ion battery, and that electricity is supplied to the MGU. The MGU not only assists driving with its motor function, but also enables EV driving. The system automatically stops the engine and switches to EV driving when the vehicle is running at a constant speed, such as during creeping and when the vehicle speed is 60km/h or slower.
  • – By combining AGS to MGU, they realize brisk driving with acceleration feel, and smooth shift change.
  • – All variants achieved vehicle weight of less than 1,000kg by thoroughly pursuing weight saving and downsizing.
  • – All variants qualify for eco-car tax breaks in Japan by making them the most fuel-efficient models in the compact height wagon class in Japan*1 at 32.0km/L*2

2. Two driving modes that realize both brisk driving and driving with priority on fuel efficiency

  • – Offer of two driving modes: “Normal mode” with strong and brisk driving, and “Eco mode” that supports eco driving by increasing the frequency of EV driving.
  • – Both modes enable EV driving when the vehicle is running at a constant speed in 60km/h or slower.

[Normal mode]

  • – In this mode, the engine is responsive and has more driving force, hence lets the driver enjoy brisk driving with acceleration feel.

[Eco mode]

  • – In this mode, driving force by engine is controlled to support eco driving without changing the usual driving manner by making the acceleration milder and increasing the frequency of EV driving.
  • – Plus, the Eco mode enables creeping with the motor in stop-and-go situation. It lets the vehicle suppress fuel consumption by moving in silent EV driving in traffic congestion and parking, where there are frequent stop-and-go.

3. Special exterior and interior colour that give the image of eco

Exterior design
  • – Blue metallic-look parts on the skeleton part of the front grille.
  • – Clear blue lens are adopted on the rear combination lamps and reversing lamps.
  • – Special emblems on the left and right fenders and on the back door.
Interior design
  • – Metallic blue-coloured upper garnish of the instrument panel.
  • – The meter has a special blue-based design, and adopts a motor power meter that displays activating situation of the MGU.

*Note: All the features mentioned in the following press release are of Solio and Solio Bandit that are exclusively distributed in the Japanese domestic market. All the the details mentioned are as mentioned in Suzuki Global Website.

 

Toyota and Suzuki are looking for partnership possibilities; To share R&D expenditure on future technologies

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Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda(L) and Suzuki Motor Corporation Chairman & CEO Osamu Suzuki(R) at joint news conference in Tokyo Japan on October 12, 2016.

Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp said they plan to explore a possible partnership, citing technological challenges and the need to keep up with consolidation in the global auto industry.

Toyota invests heavily in R&D for automated driving functions and artificial intelligence for mobility purposes while cost-conscious Suzuki, which specializes in affordable compact cars, has yet to announce major strategic plans on how to compete in new automotive technologies.

Both companies said that they had just begun discussing possible cooperation so nothing was decided about areas in which they might collaborate.

However Suzuki chairman Osamu Suzuki said his firm was struggling to keep pace with the breakneck speed of R&D, telling a news conference “R&D in the auto industry is changing rapidly. The future looks perilous.”

A partnership between Toyota and Suzuki would be the latest in an increasingly consolidating auto industry. Nissan Motor Co. in May announced it was planning to take a controlling stake in embattled Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

A partnership Suzuki had with Germany’s Volkswagen ended on a sour note last year, after the German carmaker accused it of violating their pact by agreeing a diesel engine deal with Italy’s Fiat.

Toyota completed a buyout of Daihatsu Motors earlier this year. The world’s largest automaker by vehicle sales in 2015 said last week it will set up a company with Daihatsu to focus on emerging markets.


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Suzuki, Japan’s fourth-largest automaker, competes fiercely with Daihatsu in the domestic market and dominates the Indian market through its majority stake in Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. Both firms concentrate on smaller vehicles.

Toyota and Suzuki said there was need for increased industry cooperation to keep pace with rapid changes in the global auto industry, where automakers and technology companies are competing to develop self-driving cars and new mobility services.

“The technology race in the auto industry has been escalating at a pace we’ve never seen before,” Toyota President Akio Toyoda told reporters.

“In a situation like this, there are limits to what any one company can do on their own … partnerships are becoming increasingly important.”

The companies said they would continue to compete and would be open to collaborating with other companies.

CLSA analyst Christopher Richter said that Suzuki could benefit from gaining access to Toyota technology.

But citing Suzuki’s past experience with Volkswagen, he added that he saw the possibility that the firm, headed by the outspoken 86-year-old Suzuki, one of the longest-serving executives in the global auto industry, may be unlikely to heel to a much bigger partner.

“VW was very much a manager which liked to be in control, and so is Toyota. Meanwhile, Suzuki wants to march to its own step.”

“Suzuki is very protective of its independence.”

He added that a difference in corporate culture at Toyota, which has long had resources to spend on new technologies, and Suzuki, whose success has been driven by its knack for cost cutting, may pose challenges to a partnership.

Source: Reuters