Suzuki will be placing the emphasis on green technology at this year's Geneva International Motor Show. The marque will be displaying its latest technological developments, underscoring its expertise in compact car development, while providing an insight into its vision of the motoring future.
Taking centre stage on the stand will be two key vehicles, both making their European debuts.
The first of these is the G70 concept car, which represents Suzuki's interpretation of a compact car offering minimised weight and optimised aerodynamics. The G70 weighs just 730kg, while achieving a drag coefficient some 10% lower than current Suzuki A-segment models, thanks to its advanced aerodynamic design. This allows the G70 to achieve a CO2 emissions rating of just 70g/km for the New European Driving Cycle, utilising a petrol engine.
The second star on the Suzuki stand at Geneva will be the Swift Range Extender, a compact electric vehicle that employs an engine-driven generator to extend driving range. Based on the latest-generation Swift, the show car is a further development of the plug-in hybrid compact car displayed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. It showcases the advances in eco-car technology Suzuki has achieved since then.
The Swift Range Extender has a typical driving range of 30km with a fully charged battery. However, that range can be extended by using an engine-driven generator.
The benefit of this configuration, compared to a conventional electric vehicle, is that the Swift Range Extender employs a more compact lithium-ion battery that can be charged quicker, while also weighing less, requiring fewer resources, and costing less.
The 2012 Geneva Motor Show opens to the general public on 8 March 2012.