Suzuki Twin

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Suzuki Twin
Suzuki Twin 001.JPG
Overview
Production 2003-2005
Body and chassis
Class kei car
Body style 2-door coupe
Layout front engine front drive
Powertrain
Engine Suzuki K6A engine DOHC 3 cylinder 4 valves per cylinder
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 1,800 mm (71 in)
Length 2,735 mm (107.7 in)
Width 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height 1,450 mm (57 in)
Curb weight 570 kg (1,260 lb) manual transmission
600 kg (1,300 lb) automatic transmission and hybrid

The Suzuki Twin was a kei car built by Suzuki and sold in Japan from January 22, 2003, until October 2005. It was available in both hybrid and non-hybrid versions, making it the first hybrid kei car available in Japan.[1] 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.[2]

Designed primarily for young females,[3] the Suzuki Twin is slightly longer than the Smart Fortwo. 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.[2]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Suzuki Cars Are Lightweight Cars". Anythingaboutcars.com. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Suzuki Twin : le plus petit hybride du marché". Moteur Nature. Retrieved 13 July 2011. (French)
  3. ^ "37th Tokyo Motor Show, 2003". Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association of Canada. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "New Car Intro: Suzuki Twin minicar". The Auto Channel. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Phillips, John. "Suzuki Twin Hybrid - Feature". Ten Japanese Cars You Can't Have. Car and Driver. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 

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