The Suzuki Swift can claim the title of most successful passenger car model ever sold in New Zealand and is still continuing on its record-breaking way.
The Swift was back as the top selling new car in May, according to official Motor Industry Association figures. Overall for the first five months of 2010, the Swift is the second best selling new car, beaten only by the Toyota Corolla and lying ahead of the third placed Holden Commodore.
Despite reaching the latter period of its production cycle the Swift has further increased sales and improved its market penetration this year.
Swift has been an amazing international success story for Suzuki with solid world wide sales and continued demand. In Britain the compact Suzuki is among the top ten models for the lowest depreciating cars.
To celebrate the fifth birthday of launching of the current model Swift, Maruti Suzuki in India invited owners to drive in unison through the streets of Gurgaon early in June. A total of 342 Swifts took part, setting a Guinness World Record, while a further 1,400 Swifts gathered in Mumbai and 600 examples were attracted to a similar function in Chennai.
The Swift parade shatters the Guinness Record for one make of car in a parade which was set here in New Zealand by Ford with 250 vehicles.
More than one million current model Swifts have been sold, including 450,000 in India. The world car is built in several locations and New Zealand sources its production from Japan.
“The continued popularity of the Swift in New Zealand and elsewhere is testament to the strength of the model,” said Tom Peck, General Manager of Marketing for Suzuki New Zealand.
Nine versions of the Swift are available locally, ranging from the five-door XE which has an on-road recommended retail of $18,500, including five-year roadside assistance.Apart from the range-topping $26,500 1.6-litre Sport variant, all Swifts boast an efficient 1.5-litre double overhead camshaft engine.
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