November 15, 2005
2006 RJC Car of the Year was bestowed upon Suzuki Swift
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A Suzuki's compact car "Swift" was awarded the 2006 RJC Car of the Year hosted by the Automotive Researchers' & Journalists' Conference of Japan (RJC). For Suzuki, this is the second win of this prize following on Wagon R (1993), which was the only prized mini-vehicle in the RJC history.

Suzuki "Swift" was developed with a concept of Bold Style & Dynamic Drive with key-words of "Styling" and "Dynamic Performance". It is the first Suzuki's World Strategic Model which is produced in Japan, Hungary, India, and China and is marketed worldwide. It pursued "dynamism" and "stability" in styling and dynamic performance which offers fun to drive in every moment. It combined "ordinary life" and "fun to drive" in high level. The sales of "Swift" is growing steadily in every market and it is supposed to achieve accumulated 200,000 units production in 2005.

Furthermore, "Swift Sport" with higher grade of dynamics was launched in Japanese market in September 2005, which reinforced Suzuki's lineup as a Suzuki's "driving flagship", which realizes a sporty driving even its compact body.

The model lineup varies from 1.3L basic version to 1.6L sporty version to meet the various demands of customers.

As an additional blessing event, "Swift" was awarded the Car of the Year 2006 in Iceland on 23rd October 2005, which proved the global acceptance of this model, and it certainly will help further sales expansion worldwide.

Outline of 2006 RJC Car of the Year
This yearfs selection was conducted by 72 jurors among 21 domestic models which are planned to produce more than 5,000 units yearly and was released during the period of 1st November 2004 to 31st October 2005.