Suzuki had previously planned to offer two alternate versions of its new Kizashi sedan, a hybrid and a V6. Those plans were scrapped however, due to GM”s sale of their stake in Suzuki; the technology for these vehicles was to be borrowed from GM.
The move is a costly blow to Suzuki as a company that doesn’t offer a mid-size sedan in either a hybrid or V6 version. One option to consider is Volkswagen”s alternative-fuel engine technology, but that would be too expensive. Suzuki has dispatched a team of engineers to Germany to see what can be done as far as alternative technologies.
“We are looking at VW’s cost structure and their offerings,” said Steve Younan, director of product planning at American Suzuki Motor Corp. “We want to keep our cars reachable to mere mortals.”
Volkswagen recently purchased a 19.9 percent stake in Suzuki.
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– By: Stephen Calogera
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