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2011-11-09 09:13

ALTO SUCCESSOR: Regina previews Suzuki's next global small car.

Suzuki shifts its focus to small cars and urban commuters for this year’s Tokyo auto show as it prepares to show three new concepts at its home show.

The Q concept is a tiny mobility study that Suzuki says is positioned between a motorcycle and a car. The company claims the bubble-topped two-seater is “ideal for everyday journeys within a radius of 10km” and it will likely rely on electric power.

Next on the “small cars for a big future” bill is the concept of a new-generation global small car (and successor to the Alto) called Regina. Suzuki hasn’t revealed its engine details, but claims the concept is good for a fuel consumption figure of 3.1 litres and CO2 emissions as low as 70 g/km. It weighs just 730kg.

EV CONCEPT


However, Suzuki is particularly excited about the Swift EV Hybrid, which will enjoy its world premiere at the show.
Suzuki EV Hybrid concept

ELECTRIC SWIFT: The Swift EV Hybrid concept has a range extender for longer journeys.


Following from the Swift Plug-In hybrid shown in 2009, the EV concept runs as an electric vehicle for daily commutes of between 20 and 30km. It also has a range-extending petrol-powered generator that kicks in when the battery is depleted.

The Tokyo auto show runs from November 30 to December 11, 2011.

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