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Suzuki Motor Corporation (スズキ 株式 会社) Suzuki-Kabushiki-Kaisha

The Suzuki Kei; Lapin; Palette; Spacia & Twin.


Image result for suzuki badge Suzuki Kei 1998 3door.jpg Kei

[1998 – 2009]

2000 Kei:  2006 model: 

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2002 FIS Freestyle World Cup (Int. Ski Federation) Limited Edition (above)

The Suzuki Kei was introduced in 1998 as a sort of SUV/kei car mix.  It was related to the Suzuki Alto, production ceased in 2009.  It was available with front or all-wheel drive and as a 3-door hatchback or 5-door station wagon.  Both SOHC and DOHC engines were used.  It used either the 657cc F6A l3 engine or the 658cc K6A l3 and was also available with either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed Manual gearbox.

Image result for computer games clipart  The “Suzuki Kei” in Computer Games:

1998 Suzuki Kei in Kaido Battle 2: Chain Reaction (Kaido Racer) 2004:   ’98 Kei in Gran Turismo 2, 1999:   2000 Kei in Choro Q HG 2 (Everywhere Road Trip) 2002:   ’00 Kei in Choro Q HG 4 (Choro Q) 2003:   ’01 Kei in Kaido Battle(Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Drift) 2003:   ’02 Kei in Gran Turismo 4, 2004:   ’02 Kei in Gran Turismo 5, 2010:   ’02 Kei in Gran Turismo 6, 2013:   ’03 Kei in Kaido Battle: Touge no Densetsu (Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Drift 2) 2005: 


Image result for suzuki badge 2002 Suzuki Alto-Lapin 01.jpg Lapin

[2002 ~]

(Suzuki Lapin 2002 to date スズキ·ラパン)

The Suzuki Lapin is a 5-door hatchback , manufactured since 2002 to date by Suzuki for the Japanese Domestic Market only (JDM), and was also marketed in Japan as the Mazda Spiano.  The Lapin has a very distinctive, boxy shape, that apparently proves popular with female buyers.  The name “Lapin” stems from the French word for “rabbit”, and the car sports rabbit-head badges.

Suzuki Lapin 1G (HE21S) 2002–2008

The 1st-generation Alto Lapin was introduced in January 2002 with three trims, “G”,”X” and “X2”.  The car is powered by the Suzuki K6A engine, 0.66 L naturally aspirated (40 kW / 54 hp) with either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).  The standard gearbox is 4-speed automatic.  In October 2002, Suzuki launched the “Turbo” model with a turbocharged 44 kW (60 hp) motor and an optional 5-speed manual gearbox.


In September 2003, the series II model was introduced and two new versions the “SS” and “L” were added.  In October 2004, the series III model was introduced and the  “L” model was discontinued.  In December 2005, the series IV model was introduced and the canvas top version was discontinued.  In April 2006, the series V model was introduced and the round-shaped headlamp “L” model added, the “X2” version was discontinued.  In May 2007, the series VI model was introduced and received a new shape front grill.

Suzuki Lapin 2G (HE22S) 2008–2015

Suzuki Lapin 2G : 

The 2nd generation Alto Lapin was introduced in November 2008 with 4 trims: “G”, “X”, “T” and “T L packages”.  “Continuously Variable Transmission” (CVT) was added and manual transmission was dropped.  In May 2010, all models got CVT and the 4-speed automatic was discontinued.  In August 2010, the series II model was introduced followed by the May 2012 series III model.

Suzuki Lapin 3G (HE33S) 2015 to date

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Image result for suzuki badge Suzuki Palette 01.JPG Palette

[2008 – 2013]

The Suzuki Palette has twin rear sliding doors, and competes directly with the Daihatsu Tanto.  During 2009 the higher spec Suzuki Palette S models were replaced by the Suzuki Palette SW, whose revised frontal design was positioned to better compete with the Daihatsu Tanto Custom.  Since the addition of the SW, the Suzuki Palette range has generally performed well in the sales markets.  

The Suzuki Palette SW:  


Image result for suzuki badge Suzuki Spacia MK32S 02.JPG Spacia

[2013 ~]

The Suzuki Spacia  is a replacement for the Suzuki Palette, which was discontinued in February 2013.  It improves upon fuel efficiency, is lighter and features a larger cabin than its predecessor.  The vehicle offers the interior room similar to a small minivan.

Spacia Custom TS:   

Spacia Custom J STYLE:  Spacia X Limited: 

The front engine, front wheel drive (FWD) 5-door hatchback has power sliding doors and uses the R06A type 658cc straight 3 Suzuki engine.  It is available in either DOHC intake and exhaust (variable valve timing) VVT form or as a DOHC VVT intercooled turbo.  The gearbox is of the “continuously variable transmission” (CVT) type.

Spacia X  Spacia T

The Spacia is a mini passenger car developed with the concept “Roomy and convenient, lightweight and fuel-efficient, height-class mini wagon”.


Image result for suzuki badge Suzuki Twin 001.JPG Twin

[2003 – 2005]

The Suzuki Twin was built and sold in Japan from January 22nd 2003, until October 2005.  It was available in both hybrid and non-hybrid versions, making it the first hybrid kei car available in Japan.  Under the Japanese test cycle, the standard model was capable of 4.54L/100 km whereas the hybrid variant was capable of 2.93L/100 km.  Designed primarily for young females it featured many new and unique features including a passenger seat that could fold completely flat and become a storage tray and a single power window on the driver’s side to reduce battery use and cut costs.

Rear view:  Interior: 

The Twin’s design and concept were first seen in the Suzuki PU3 Commuter concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show.  A near-production update was shown at the 2002 Tokyo Motor Show before finally being released in 2003.  In August 2003 motoring magazine ‘Car and Driver’ test drove the Twin with mostly negative remarks.  The Twin’s acceleration, storage and interior furnishings were all criticized whilst its headroom and turning circle were praised.

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