Suzuki Swift RS Limited Edition Model Accents Sports Theme
31 August 2009
A distinctive new version of the top-selling Suzuki Swift hatchback has been launched on the New Zealand market.
Additional to the range, the new 1.5-litre Swift RS five-door accents the sporting theme and individuality.
This factory produced limited edition celebrates 100 years of innovation by the Suzuki Motor Corporation, following along the success of the Swift1 variant earlier this year.
The Swift is not only one of the most popular cars on New Zealand roads but it is also one of the most personalized.
While dominating the super-mini class for more than four years, the evergreen Suzuki is also the third top selling new car model overall.
Based on the dual airbag Swift GLX version, the RS features unique 15-inch aluminium alloy wheels, a rear upper spoiler, front fog lamps, smoked reflector headlamps and RS body decals.
Inside the individual theme continues with sports bucket front seats trimmed in luxury Alcantara upholstery.
A leather bound steering wheel has special silver stitching, and the RS specification also includes climate air conditioning, keyless starting and entry and electrically folding door mirrors with built-in indicators.
Priced at $21,500 driveaway for the 5-speed manual and $22,990 driveaway for the automatic, the RS is available in Silver, Black, White Pearl, Red and Kashmir Blue.
In a further development of the Swift range, the popular GLX version now benefits from standard fitment of six airbags instead of two. Previously six airbags were exclusive to the higher level Ltd model. The GLX now shares the same specifications as the Ltd version except for alloy wheels and front fog lamps.
The Swift GLX carries a recommended retail price of $21,500 in manual specification and $22,990 as an automatic, the same as the RS version.
“Suzuki did a tremendous job in the design of the Swift to not only give it such long-lasting appeal but also for it to still provide a driving experience unmatched in the class,” said Gary Collins, Automobile Sales Manager for Suzuki New Zealand Limited.
“The Swift continues to lead the mini-car and light segment while challenging larger car sales,” he said.
Owners tend to be enthusiastic about their Swifts which is why so many of them are fitted with body kits, graphics, stripes, special alloy wheels and leather interiors.
The Swift RS is an answer to this, and the limited number being produced means there will never be many of them on our roads.
Suzuki has 7.2 per cent of new car sales in New Zealand according to year to date statistics, with the Swift being the major contributor to this success.
The brand has been winning strong market share in 2009, registering a record 9 per cent in May with the Swift actually leading the market.
“We have achieved consistent growth in market share since the beginning of 2005 and are still tracking well in market share,” said Collins.
“The shift in market preferences towards smaller cars continues to move in favour of Suzuki with its expertise in compact vehicles,” he said.