Suzuki CV1

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Suzuki CV1
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Suzuki CV1 on display at a festival near Himeji Castle in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
Manufacturer Suzuki
Production 1981
Body and chassis
Class Microcar
Engine 50 cc (3 cu in) Single cylinder 2 stroke
Wheelbase 1,310 mm (4.30 ft)
Length 1,940 mm (6.36 ft)
Width 1,185 mm (3.888 ft)
Height 1,290 mm (4.23 ft)
Kerb weight 168 kg (3.31 long cwt)

The Suzuki CV1 is a microcar first presented at the 24th Tokyo Motor Show.

Displayed under the banner of Suzuki community vehicle, the CV1 was a single-seat, four-wheeler, with a narrower track at the rear. It had a single door in its fiberglass body and had a claimed maximum speed of 20 mph (32 km/h). The vehicle could be driven on a moped licence in Japan and was sold in very limited numbers on a trial basis at a price of 300,000 Yen. The car had windows on either side that could be slid upwards and early versions had a single headlamp. Production ended in 1985 when Japanese licensing laws were changed.


  • Kleinwagen, Small Cars, Petites Voitures, by Benedikt Taschen, 1994

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