Inner-city cars have been getting smaller and smaller, but Suzuki's Q-concept micro car takes extreme spot-hunting to the next level. Thanks to its tandem seating configuration, the Q-concept is slim -- somewhere between a car and a motorbike -- bestowing it tighter turning angles, ideal for snaking betwixt those SUVs at Walmart. Being a concept, there are all sorts of teasing technical touches we'd love to see, such as what looks like a smartphone dock in the steering wheel, video screens instead of rear-view mirrors and, of course, gull-wing doors. It might not have the cyborg-ish charms of Audi's Urban Concept, but mercifully it's got some decent curves, unlike its cousin the not-so-concept electric Every van.
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Suzuki announces exhibits for 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

8 November 2011

The Suzuki booth at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show* will feature automobiles and motorcycles that highlight Suzuki's uncompromising focus on meeting contemporary needs, offering new kinds of value, and delivering genuine pleasure to customers.

In line with Suzuki's unparalleled expertise in small cars, the theme of Suzuki's booth will be "small cars for a big future". Suzuki cars for today, the near future, and the more distant future will highlight the fuel economy, user-friendliness, innovation, brisk performance, and exciting styling that are possible within smaller dimensions – and the huge possibilities that small cars will realize in years to come.

*The 42nd Tokyo Motor Show will take place from 2 to 11 December 2011 at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (also known as Tokyo Big Sight). It's organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Automobiles

Reference exhibits

REGINA: a vision of a next-generation global compact car with excellent fuel efficiency and low emissions thanks to lightness and superior aerodynamics

The REGINA embodies Suzuki's vision of a next-generation global compact car. It's as light as a minicar (just 730kg) thanks to a clear focus on minimizing weight, and it has a drag coefficient at least 10% lower than that of current models thanks to uncompromising efforts to heighten aerodynamic performance. As a result, it has fuel economy of at least 32km/L (measured in the JC08 test cycle) and CO2 emissions as low as 70g/km (measured in the New European Driving Cycle) using a petrol engine.

Q-concept: two-seat micro mobility for everyday life.

The Q-concept is an entirely new kind of mobility - one that's positioned between conventional motorcycles and cars. With a 2.5-metre overall length and two seats in tandem configuration, it's ideal for everyday journeys within a radius of about 10km.

The Q-concept is more practical than a car as it's more manoeuvrable and takes up much less parking space. At the same time, a cabin makes it a more attractive, more comfortable option than a motorcycle. It's outstandingly handy for shopping, commuting, going to the doctor, transporting children, and all the other short journeys in everyday life.

Other Q-concept configurations are possible. For instance, the Q-concept can have a single seat for a parent at the front and a two-person child seat at the rear, or it can be configured as a delivery vehicle with a single seat at the front and a cargo area at the rear. So it offers new possibilities for people who live in towns where businesses, schools, hospitals and other essential facilities are all in relatively compact areas.

Swift EV Hybrid: a compact electric vehicle with an engine-driven generator

The Swift EV Hybrid is Suzuki's vision of an ecocar that embodies advances on the Swift Range Extender.

A compact vehicle such as the Suzuki Swift is typically driven 20−30km per day in Japan. The Swift EV Hybrid can cover such distances on battery power alone. And it can extend its range using an engine-driven generator.

Compared with an electric vehicle that depends entirely on battery power, the Swift EV Hybrid has a smaller battery that's quicker to charge, weighs less, uses fewer resources, and costs less.

The Swift EV Hybrid is scheduled to be exhibited as the Swift Range Extender at motor shows in some countries.

New Swift Sport: the performance flagship of the Swift series

The new Swift Sport is based on the new Swift (a model that offers significantly better performance than its predecessor). Reflecting a concept of creating a refined sport compact, it has an even-higher-powered engine, new transmissions (six-speed manual and continuously variable), and stiffer suspension, which together deliver even better performance and even greater driving enjoyment.
As well as offering higher performance, the new Swift Sport represents a significant evolution in terms of fuel economy, comfort, and quietness.
Production models

Compact cars:
Solio, Swift, Escudo
Minicars:
Wagon R, Wagon R Stingray, MR Wagon, Palette, Palette SW, Lapin, Jimny, Every (wheelchair-friendly model)

Motorcycles

Reference Models

e-Let's electric scooter

The e-Let's is an electric scooter that combines zero-emission environmental performance with the practicality needed for everyday shopping and commuting.

The e-Let's has a high-performance in-wheel motor with regenerative braking capability; a lithium-ion battery; and a charging system within a compact, lightweight chassis. It weighs no more than a petrol-engine model. Also, it offers the smooth acceleration, nimble performance, low noise, low vibration, and zero-emission environmental performance that characterize electric scooters.

The battery is charged from a 100V household outlet. A single charge gives a range of about 30km (assuming the e-Let's is ridden at 30km/h on level roads).

The e-Let's was granted a number plate in September 2010. Suzuki has since been conducting on-road trials by itself and as part of an initiative led by its home city, Hamamatsu. Suzuki will use the resulting data to verify the reliability of the e-Let's and move further toward production.

Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter

The Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter debuted at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. It has since been subjected to on-road trials in the United Kingdom and Japan and has become the first fuel-cell vehicle of any kind to earn Whole Vehicle Type Approval in the European Union. Its appearance at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show will highlight its continuing evolution.

GW250: Suzuki's flagship road bike for Chin

The GW250 is a 250cm3 road bike that Suzuki developed to be its flagship model in China, where more and more people are getting enthusiastic about motorcycles as the economy continues to grow. It debuted at this year's China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition in the city of Chongqing.

The GW250 is produced in China.

V-Strom 650 ABS sport enduro tourer

The versatile V-Strom 650 ABS makes every ride enjoyable whether it's a day-to-day run across town or a long-distance tour.

When the original V-Strom 650 debuted in 2003, it earned worldwide acclaim for its versatile sport-enduro-tourer characteristics. The latest model change made the V-Strom 650 ABS even more comfortable through improvements to performance at low and mid-range engine speeds and adoption of new styling that gives better wind protection. Environmental performance is also improved by enhancing the fuel efficiency.

The V-Strom 650 ABS is an export model.

GSX-R1000:"The Top Performer"

In line with the GSX-R1000's "Own The Racetrack" slogan, the latest GSX-R1000 delivers enhanced running, cornering, and stopping performance together with improved fuel economy.

The GSX-R1000 is an export model.

Production models

Motorcycles:
Bandit 1250F ABS, Gladius 400 ABS
Electro senior vehicle:
ET4D

2011 Suzuki Auto Product Line

Suzuki is proud to offer the most affordable all-wheel-drive lineup available in the U.S. and maintains a versatile array of vehicles, including the spirited SX4 Sport sedan, multipurpose five-door SX4 Crossover, SX4 SportBack hot hatch, refined Grand Vitara compact SUV, award-winning Equator pickup truck and performance-oriented Kizashi Sport. Every vehicle in the line provides Suzuki's standout virtues of durability, leading-edge style and high-content at a competitive price. All 2011 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America's #1 Warranty: a 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.

About Suzuki Auto

The Brea, Calif.-based Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation 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 250 automotive dealerships and numerous other motorcycle, ATV and marine distributors. With global headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle and outboard motor manufacturer. In 2010, SMC sold more than 2.5 million new cars and trucks and more than threemillion motorcycles and ATVs. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 193countriesand regions. For more information, visit www.media.suzukiauto.com. Suzuki can also be found on Twitter (@SuzukiAuto), Facebook (www.Facebook.com/SuzukiAuto) and YouTube (www.YouTube.com/SuzukiAutomotive).

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