November 12, 2003
Ignis Receives Special Award in Italy

Suzuki Ignis, manufactured in Magyar Suzuki Corporation in Hungary, received a Special Award for its commitment in designing in "L'Automobile piu Bella del Mondo 2003 (The World's most Beautiful Automobile of 2003)."

The Awards, founded in 1993, are given each year by the International Jury of artists, architects and art critics. This year, the Jury gathered at Sforza Castle in Milan on November 7, to select the "most Beautiful Automobiles" from 50 new models launched in 2003.

In addition to the main Awards, the Jury assigned Special Awards to four models, which included Suzuki Ignis. It won praise for "formal commitment in design formulation." Suzuki Motor Corporation is proud to believe that the Ignis' design that ingeniously describes characteristics as a crossover vehicle was highly evaluated. The other models selected are Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and Pininfarina Enjoy.

Results of "The World's most Beautiful Automobile of 2003" by category

Category Model name (1st place) Model name (2nd place)
City cars Citroen C2 Fiat New Panda
Small cars Lancia Ypsilon Nissan Micra
Midsize sedans Renault Megane 4-door sedan Audi A3
Large sedans Alfa 166 Jaguar XJ
Prestige cars Maserati 4-door ---
Convertibles, roadsters and cabrio-coupes Porsche 911 4S Cabriolet BMW Z4
Sports cars and supercars Lamborghini Gallardo Ferrari Challenge Stradale
Multipurpose vehicles Renault Scenic II Fiat Idea

Results of "The World's most Beautiful Automobile of 2003" Special Awards

Model name Evaluations
Suzuki Ignis Formal commitment in design formulation
Bentley Continental GT Development of creating forms with continuity and excellence of workmanship
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Dynamics of masses in tension
Pininfarina Enjoy Conceptual brilliance of design

The Ignis will celebrate the award-giving ceremony on March 5, 2004 at the Milan Triennale along with the other prizewinners.