Suzuki Rolls Out Green Compacts: 2011 Tokyo Auto Show
2011 Tokyo Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Japanese small-car specialist Suzuki will unveil a trio of green compacts at the upcoming Tokyo show.
- Suzuki describes the Regina as "a vision of a next-generation global compact car."
- The Suzuki Q-concept is a two-seat city car that measures only 98 inches long.
- Suzuki's Swift EV Hybrid uses a small gasoline engine and an electric motor.
TOKYO — Japanese small-car specialist Suzuki will unveil a trio of green compacts at the upcoming 2011 Tokyo Auto Show, under the umbrella of "Small Cars for a Big Future."
Suzuki describes the Regina as "a vision of a next-generation global compact car." The oddly styled Regina weighs just 1,600 pounds. Thanks to a greater focus on aerodynamic design and the use of lightweight materials, the car is projected to deliver ultra-high fuel economy of at least 75 mpg with a small gasoline engine, with ultra-low CO2 emissions of 70g/km or less.
The Q-concept is a tiny pure-electric two-seater designed primarily for interurban use. Measuring just 98 inches long, the runabout is positioned between a motorcycle and a conventional car, with 1+1 seating that can be reconfigured for two rear child seats for young families or a cargo bin for small businesses. Suzuki says the car has a range of about 6 miles and is "handy for shopping, commuting, going to the doctor, transporting children, and all the other short journeys in everyday life."
The Swift EV Hybrid is a new "range-extended" derivative of Suzuki's Swift compact, powered by a small gasoline engine and electric motor, with energy stored in a compact battery pack. Range on pure electric power is up to 20 miles. The vehicle looks nearly ready for production and could be introduced in Japan in 2012.
Edmunds.com says: Suzuki's green vision appears to mirror that of several of its Japanese competitors.