DYNAMITE IN A SMALL PACKAGE: Eleven generations and thousands of kilometers later, Suzuki's Supper Carry will be available in SA from June 2016. Image: MotorPress / Suzuki
Cape Town - The new Suzuki Super Carry made its world debut in May 2016 and South Africa will be first market outside of India to receive the new Light Commercial Vechicle (LCV). The new-generation Super Carry also becomes the first LCV to be introduced by Suzuki Auto SA.
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According to Suzuki: "The ultra-compact bakkie, with its cab-over design and large load deck, should attract small business owners and entrepreneurs seeking a lightweight, user-friendly workhorse with exceptional load carrying capacity linked to low running costs."
Now in its 11th generation, the Super Carry was first launched in Japan in 1961 under the Suzulight banner. Since then, it has become a popular and small utility vehicle globally.
The new Super Carry boasts an impressive payload of 750kg, together with a load bay width of 1.49m, while a 175mm ground clearance allows the compact bakkie to traverse challenging terrain. A turning circle of just 8.6m ensures good agility and manoeuvrability, even in tight spaces.
Powering the new Super Carry is Suzuki’s tried and tested GB14 four-cylinder petrol engine. The multipoint fuel-injected unit has a maximum power output of 54kW at 6000r/min, combined with 101Nm at 3000r/min. The gearbox is a five-speed manual powering the rear wheels.
The combination of low weight and an economical drivetrain makes the Super Carry the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class, while also keeping running costs low - a factor that will be of particular importance to small enterprises.
The suspension combines the ride comfort of an independent front suspension featuring MacPherson struts and coil springs, with the robustness and load carrying capacity of a rigid axle and leaf springs at the rear.
The cab-over design allow for compact dimensions and a surprisingly spacious two-seater cabin. The Super Carry is just 3.8m long and 1.56m wide, yet features a load deck measuring a generous 2.18m x 1.49m. The raised seating position allows for superior visibility, adding to the vehicle’s overall ease of use.
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Available from June
Charl Grobler, manager of product planning and sales at Suzuki Auto SA says: “We’re delighted to introduce the Suzuki Super Carry to the SA market.
"It arrives at a time when cost efficiency, affordability and value for money are key requirements for small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking an efficient, versatile and robust utility vehicle.”
Grobler adds that Suzuki Auto SA is particularly proud that the new Super Carry will be launched locally ahead of other markets.
“It proves that Suzuki considers the SA market an important one, and shares our view that the Super Carry has tremendous potential here.”
The new Suzuki Super Carry is produced in India for the SA market and goes on sale through Suzuki’s national dealer network from June at a recommended retail launch price of R129 900. The price includes a three-year/100 000 km warranty.