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Find ads, pictures, screensavers and all other info about the new Maruti Swift...about to be launched in India soon. Watch out this space for more. (See downloads at the bottom of the page)

Swift is the coolest car to hit Indian roads ever....although there are still some speculations on when this car will be actually launched in India....but grapevine says it shall be around Mid may to End May. You can get a feel of the car at the Global Suzuki site....

http://www.globalsuzuki.com/swift/index.html

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Mouthshut.com; India's first, largest and most comprehensive Person to Person (P2P) Information Exchange has also some reviews about Maruti Swift.

http://www.mouthshut.com/product-reviews/Maruti_Suzuki_Swift-925047844.html

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Some other reviews published in leading automobile publications in Europe.

An article from AutoCar UK...

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Thankfully, the new Suzuki Swift shares only its name with the derisible version that’s just ceased to limp out of showrooms. In fact, the new version is an entirely different and more serious proposition than any other small car from Suzuki.

Why? Because, just like other Japanese car makers, it’s started to set its sights on grabbing the attention of European buyers. So the Swift is the first stab, a striking, finely judged design, more Mini than Japanese mono-box. And it promises to be good to drive as well, with much talk from Suzuki about ‘listening to European enthusiast drivers’ and plenty of testing on our roads.

Suzuki’s current line-up hardly provided the right building blocks to achieve this sort of ambition, so the Swift is a clean-sheet design, built on a newly developed platform with three- and a five-door models on offer. Underneath the cutesy styling, though, it’s a lot less avantgarde, with contemporary (if hardly revolutionary) mechanicals. Suzuki has adopted torsion beam rear suspension – as is the class norm with cars in the B segment – instead of their usual three-link set-up, and fitted necessary modern safety systems such as electronic brake force distribution and brake assist. Accompanying those active safety systems are twin front airbags, and optional side and curtain airbags. Big-car features such as keyless ignition are also optional.

On the road

There’s a choice of three engines: a 65bhp 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol, a 75bhp 1.5-litre petrol with variable valve timing, and a 1.3-litre turbodiesel with common-rail injection. There are also three gearboxes on offer, with a five-speed manual, robotised five-speed manual and four-speed automatic gearboxes available on selected engines.

Our Japanese-spec test car was a 1.3 petrol model with the four-speed auto transmission, and it had no problem in keeping pace with busy town traffic. The engine revs smoothly through its range and remains refined even when worked hard; pulling through the ’box’s four gears is thankfully not a chore. The Swift strikes a pleasing balance between decent ride comfort and control, and although the power steering could use a little more feel and precision, the wide track and long wheelbase give it a sure-footed feel. The engine and suspension will be tuned differently for European-spec cars, but it feels strong and secure on the road, and while it’s not especially sporting, it does what you expect of it. The brakes are particularly noteworthy, combining good stopping power with a well-weighted action. The Swift now drives in a manner comparable with its main rivals.

In the cabin

The cabin is a roomy, distinctive place to travel in with an impressive level of quality to its construction. The layout of controls is simple and clear, although some cheap plastics hinder the impressive overall feel. The seats are comfortable and of a good size with plenty of under-thigh support, and room is generous in the back, even if headroom is a little compromised for taller passengers. Only boot space lets the Swift down: at just 213 litres with the seats up, it’s significantly smaller than a Honda Jazz’s 353 litres.

It’s been noticeable that changes have been afoot at Suzuki recently. With the Concept S and concept S2 – shown at the 2002 Paris Motor Show and the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show respectively – and a large, successful presence in the Junior World Rally Championship with its canary-coloured Ignis rally cars, Suzuki looks like a brand trying to chisel a niche for itself rather than drown in a sea of anonymity. The new Swift proves that it’s also capable of seismic shifts in the way it produces cars.

The Swift is one of the most intriguing small new cars for some time – more so because it comes from the left-field, from a manufacturer that’s not been associated with producing competitive mainstream cars. But the Swift signals Suzuki’s intent to compete on a global level and to do so they need the right standard of product. We’ll have to wait until we can conduct a proper test on European roads to give a firmer verdict, but on this initial evidence it would appear that Suzuki has succeeded in that goal.

You might not be tempted out of your Polo just yet, but there’s plenty of reasons why other supermini makers should be dreading the Swift’s arrival.

Hiroyuki Saito
Autocar UK

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A report from AutoExpress....

March 2005
Suzuki Swift 1.5 GLX 3dr


If you want a fun and funky new supermini, then it might be time to nip out for a Swift one! Suzuki's latest offering is a far cry from the lacklustre car it replaces, and the company claims the urban runabout will be as good to drive as it is to look at.

When the newcomer goes on sale next month, buyers will have a choice of two petrol engines: a 90bhp 1.3-litre and a 100bhp 1.5-litre with variable valve timing. Diesel powerplants will join the line-up later this year, while all models come in three and five-door bodystyles.

Although the larger petrol engine's output hardly qualifies the Swift for hot hatch status, its punchy, willing performance combines with the slick-shifting five-speed manual gearbox to make the new model both engaging and enthusiastic.

The steering deserves particular praise. It's direct and offers a decent amount of feel, allowing the Suzuki to be placed accurately in corners - ideal for both city and country roads. At urban speeds, the Swift's ride is quiet and easy-going.

Inside, the cabin is attractive and well built, and the high roof means there's plenty of headroom. Although the front seats are supportive and generously padded, drivers are forced to adopt an overly upright stance - blame the lack of reach adjustment on the steering wheel for that. Nor will rear passengers enjoy long trips; while there's decent room for two, the backrest is simply too soft.

Luggage space in the new Swift is tight. The flat-floored boot will swallow a decent-sized suitcase and the hold will be fine for most shopping trips, but at least one section of the 60:40 split rear bench needs folding forwards to carry anything large.

Still, with prices starting from 7,600 for the 1.3 three-door, the Suzuki has plenty of showroom appeal - especially given the generous amount of standard kit. The top-spec GLX model we drove came with six airbags, air-con, alloys and front foglights.

Peter Burgess

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Here is what an Economic Times article has to say about the Swift.

Car market biggie Maruti Udyog is giving a personal touch to selling cars now. The carmaker has recruited 1,000 young people to form a special national sales force dedicated for selling its new crossover car offering, Swift.

The sales force — christened energisers — will be the company’s direct interface with Swift customers and will handle all the customer’s recurring needs with the car.

“The team will only be dedicated to selling Swift across the country and will be positioned as life-time advisors for Swift customers, taking care of all their needs, ranging from giving service and insurance renewal reminders, providing special exchange offers and even birthday and anniversary wishes,” a Maruti official said.

The energisers, to be based at Maruti’s dealerships across the country, are currently undergoing special training on behavioural and attitudinal skills, sales, marketing and product awareness.

The idea, the official said, is to strike a personal chord with the Swift buyer. “This team will regularly interact with the Swift customers, seeking their feedback and even offering personalised after-sales support for the car.”

 

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