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At the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show
Suzuki Regina, Q-concept and compact Swift EV Hybrid
Bring new urban solutions between cars and motorcycles

Suzuki Regina concept: front-side view.

Suzuki Regina concept: interior.

Suzuki Regina concept: rear-side view.

Suzuki Regina concept: a light minicar with a fuel economy of 32 km/litre (3.12 litre/100 km, 90.4 UK mpg or 75.3 US mpg) .

10 Nov. 2011 : Small-car specialist Suzuki is preparing new formulae of its well known economy-fun expertise, to be launched at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show (2 to 11 December 2011).

The Japanese brand says that its highlights will focus on contemporary needs, value and pleasure, underlining its know-how in urban vehicle making under the “small cars for a big future” theme.

Suzuki adds that its cars for today, the near future as well as the more distant one will show the "huge possibilities that small cars will realise... (in terms of) fuel economy, user-friendliness, innovation, brisk performance, and exciting styling, all within smaller dimensions.

The Suzuki exhibits will include the Regina, Q-concept and the compact Swift EV Hybrid electric vehicle with its engine-driven generator.

 Regina

The Regina concept car represents Suzuki's vision of a next-generation global compact car with high fuel efficiency and low emissions thanks to its lightness and enhanced aerodynamics.

Suzuki Q-concept: front-side view.

Suzuki Q-concept: interior.

Suzuki Q-concept: rear-side view with an open door.

Two-seat Q-concept mobility, between motorcycles and cars.

Suzuki says the Regina is a light minicar (730 kg, 1609 lb) with a drag coefficient at least 10% lower than that of current models – thanks to aerodynamic efficiency – allowing it to achieve a fuel economy (measured in the JC08 test cycle) of "at least" 32 km/litre (equivalent to 3.12 litre / 100 km, 90.4 UK mpg or 75.3 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of 70g/km (measured in the New European Driving Cycle) with a petrol (gasoline) engine.

 Q-concept

With the two-seat Q-concept, Suzuki presents a new kind of mobility that is positioned between conventional motorcycles and cars, with two seats in tandem configuration.

Thanks to its 2.5-metre (98.4in) long body, the Q-concept can be more practical than a car in the city, as it’s more manoeuvrable and takes up much less parking space. At the same time, the cabin makes it a more attractive option than a motorcycle, especially that it is designed to be used for the short journeys in everyday life.

The Q-concept can have other configurations, such as a single seat for a parent at the front and a two-person child seat at the rear, or it can be configured as a delivery vehicle with a single seat at the front and a cargo area at the rear, offering new possibilities for cities and towns where businesses, schools, hospitals and other essential facilities are all in relatively compact areas.

 Swift EV Hybrid

On the alternative energy side, the compact Swift EV Hybrid electric vehicle comes with an engine-driven generator.

Suzuki Swift EV Hybrid electric vehicle: front-side view.

The Swift EV Hybrid electric has an engine-driven generator.

Suzuki says that since a compact vehicle such as the Swift is typically driven 20-30 km (12.4-18.6 miles) per day in Japan, the Swift EV Hybrid can cover such distances on battery power alone, while it can extend its range, when it becomes necessary, thanks to its engine-driven generator. The Japanese carmaker adds that compared with an electric vehicle that depends entirely on battery power, the Swift EV Hybrid has a smaller battery that's quicker to charge, weighs less, uses fewer resources and costs less.

 

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