Suzuki Motor Corporation will start sales of a compact SUV, New Grand Vitara in North America as from the beginning of September 2005.
The New Grand Vitara was launched in Japan on 16th May 2005 under the name of gESCUDOh and has been exported since July 2005 to overseas markets. In the North American market where there is a high demand for SUV, the 2.7L 5 door version will be released to promote its sales in the USA and Canada.
The export target of the model was set to 50,000 units for North America and was increased to 80,000 units for Europe. Its global sales target has been upwardly revised to 180,000 units including Japan and other regions.