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21 October 2009

Suzuki Exhibits at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009

We are pleased to inform you that Suzuki will have a major presence at the Tokyo Motor Show 2009, which will be held at the Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex in Chiba City from 21 October to 4 November 2009. It will be organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.
At the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, the Suzuki booth will bring together automobiles, motorcycles, power-assisted bicycles, and electric wheelchairs under an overall theme of “small cars for a big future”. As well as showing Suzuki products, it will highlight the company’s future-oriented initiatives. Visitors will see how Suzuki’s automaking spirit and technologies realize exciting lifestyle possibilities.

Concept for Booth

Suzuki has a simple philosophy: one of constantly finding out what customers want and creating innovative products and services to delight them and enrich their lives. This customer-driven philosophy is summed up by Suzuki’s “Way of Life!” brand slogan.
At the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki’s customer-driven philosophy will be on display in the form of automobiles and motorcycles that embody functionality for contemporary lifestyles and exciting new ideas for the future.


All-New Alto Concept: A Minivehicle that Appeals to All Generations

All-New Alto Concept

The all-new Alto Concept points to the future of the minivehicle by combining newly honed performance with minivehicle economy and user-friendliness. Styling that appeals to people regardless of age and gender makes the Alto Concept an outstanding proposition for motorists who want minivehicle economy and convenience. A big, simple, highly legible speedometer, an easy-to-use floor-mounted shifter, and user-friendly switches and storage spaces realize convenience for people of all ages.

Major Features
  • The body is proportioned for a look of urban nimbleness and to hint at roominess within. Its front mask has an appealing look that expresses cuteness and smartness.
  • A simple, modern, user-friendly interior environment offers excellent usability and visibility for day-to-day convenience.
  • A long wheelbase realizes ample roominess. The packaging also reflects a focus on comfort, safety, drivability, and convenience.
  • Low weight reflects Suzuki’s pursuit of the superior fuel efficiency, clean running, and other aspects of environmental performance that will be demanded in the years ahead.
  • Overall length: 3,395mm
  • Overall width: 1,475mm
  • Overall height: 1,535mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,400mm
  • Seating capacity: Four persons
  • Engine: 658cm3 water-cooled, four-cycle, inline-three-cylinder, DOHC, 12-valve
  • Transmission: CVT
  • Drive system: Front engine, front-wheel drive (two- or four-wheel drive)

Swift Plug-in Hybrid: Eco-Mobility for Short Urban Journeys

Swift Plug-in Hybrid

The Swift Plug-in Hybrid is a series hybrid incorporating a propulsion motor, a battery, and an engine-powered generator. Reflecting a close focus on daily convenience, it’s designed primarily to be driven only on electric power on short day-to-day drives. For the short distances involved in daily shopping or commuting, the Swift Plug-in Hybrid is powered by a battery that’s charged from a household mains socket. When the battery runs low, an engine of a kind usually used in minivehicles powers a generator that charges the battery. This means the Swift Plug-in Hybrid not only meets the needs of the many people who drive no more than 20km each day but also saves users from worrying about being stranded or having to search for a charging stand if the battery runs low. With the Swift Plug-in Hybrid, anyone can easily do something for the environment while enjoying daily mobility.

Major Features
  • The Swift Plug-in Hybrid is aimed at people who make predominantly short journeys and would drive it on battery power.
  • If the driver covers no more than 20km per day, the engine does not start and thus uses no petrol.
  • The generator is driven by a light, fuel-efficient K6A 658cm3 minivehicle engine.
  • Since the engine is used only for the generator, its speed is controlled for maximal efficiency.
  • Efforts to minimize friction throughout the engine are reflected in engine parts such as low-tension piston rings.
  • The propulsion battery is a lithium-ion type incorporated into the centre console.
  • A battery capacity of a minimal 2.66kWh reflects a priority on cost and space savings.
  • A connector that allows the battery to be charged using household mains power is positioned on the rear of the body.
  • The battery can be charged using relatively inexpensive nighttime power.
  • Overall length: 3,755mm
  • Overall width: 1,690mm
  • Overall height: 1,510mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,390mm
  • Seating capacity: Five persons
  • Powertrain:
    Generator engine: Displacement: 658cm3; max. output: 40kW
    Generator: Permanent-magnet, synchronous; max. output 40kW
    Propulsion motor: Permanent-magnet, synchronous; max. output 55kW
    Battery: Lithium-ion; rated voltage: 260V; capacity: 2.66kWh
    Driving range: 20km on battery (before generator starts)
  • Drive system: Front-engine, front-wheel drive (two-wheel drive)

SX4-FCV (Fuel-Cell Vehicle)


The SX4-FCV combines a General Motors-produced high-performance fuel cell with a Suzuki-developed high-pressure (70MPa) hydrogen tank and a light, compact capacitor, which promotes driving performance by recovering energy during brake application and using it to reduce fuel-cell loading during acceleration. With a view to commercializing the SX4-FCV, Suzuki is testing it on public roads with government approval and using the resulting data in ongoing development.

  • Overall length: 4,190mm
  • Overall width: 1,730mm
  • Overall height: 1,585mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,500mm
  • Seating capacity: Five persons
  • Powertrain:
    Motor: AC synchronous; maximum output: 68kW
    Fuel cell: Polymer-electrolyte type (made by General Motors); maximum output: 83kW
    Fuel: High-pressure hydrogen (stored in 70MPa tank)
    Electricity storage system: Capacitor
    Driving range: 250km
  • Drive system: Front-engine, front-wheel drive (two-wheel drive)

MIO (Fuel-Cell-Powered Electric Wheelchair)


Suzuki’s MIO electric wheelchair is powered by a direct-methanol fuel cell rather than by a conventional lead-acid battery. The methanol solution is held in a cartridge-type bottle that’s easy to replace with a full spare one, so the user gains extra freedom and doesn’t need to worry about running out of fuel on the road. Suzuki began joint trials of the MIO with the Shizuoka prefectural government in November 2008 with a view to enhancing its reliability ready for commercialization.

  • Overall length: 1,190mm
  • Overall width: 650mm
  • Overall height: 1,070mm
  • Maximum speed: 6km/h
  • Driving range: approx. 60km
  • Maximum hill-climb angle: 10°
  • Powertrain:
    Motor: AC synchronous; rated output: 360W
    Fuel cell: Direct-methanol type; maximum output: 300W
    Fuel: 54% methanol solution; tank capacity: 4L
    Propulsion battery: Lithium-ion; capacity: 14Ah
  • Drive system: Rear-wheel drive (two-wheel drive)

Production Models

The Suzuki booth will feature the following production models: Wagon R; Lapin; Palette SW; Splash, Swift, SX4, Jimny, Kizashi and Escudo (overseas name: Grand Vitara).


Reference Models

Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter

Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter

Suzuki developed the Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter using technologies from the Crosscage concept motorcycle that it displayed at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, thereby realizing a more practical and accessible fuel-cell bike.

Major Features
  • The fuel cell generates electricity through a reaction between hydrogen and the oxygen in the air. It’s air-cooled and concomitantly light, compact, and structurally simple.
  • A 70MPa hydrogen tank (the highest-pressure tank used on a bike thus far) allows a usable riding range. The tank is mounted within a robust frame for safety.
  • The fuel cell was made by British company Intelligent Energy.
  • Overall length: 2,055mm
  • Overall width: 740mm
  • Overall height: 1,360mm
  • Motor: AC synchronous
  • Fuel cell: Polymer-electrolyte type (made by Intelligent Energy)
  • Fuel storage system: High-pressure hydrogen tank (70MPa)
  • Secondary battery: Lithium-ion

Gladius 400 ABS

Gladius 400 ABS

The Gladius* 400 ABS is a stylish naked bike with a 400cm3 V-twin engine. It features a truss frame that combines rigidity with great looks. And its newly designed V-twin engine delivers plenty of power in a rider-friendly way. All told, the Gladius 400 ABS is great way to experience the nimble performance and classic throb of a V-twin machine.

* The Gladius is named after the kind of sword used by gladiators in ancient Rome.

Major Features
  • A powerful, easy-to-manage, newly designed V-twin engine delivers nimbleness. The rider enjoys a distinctive V-twin throb together with high performance.
  • A Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel-injection system (an arrangement in which each throttle body has primary and secondary valves) promotes combustion efficiency for superior fuel economy. Plus, a Throttle Body Integrated Idle Speed Control (TI-ISC) system stabilizes cold starts and idling.
  • A fuel tank with stylish side covers and a truss frame that combines supple stiffness with great looks help to create a new kind of style for a naked V-twin bike.
  • Slim bodywork on the truss frame allows great freedom in the riding position. Plus, link-type rear suspension delivers superior roadholding, thereby helping to realize great handling.
  • A meter panel with a function-focused design incorporates a gear-position indicator.
  • An electronically controlled antilock braking system that prevents wheel lockup by preventing excessive brake application on diverse road surfaces is standard equipment.
  • Overall length: 2,130mm
  • Overall width: 780mm
  • Overall height: 1,090mm
  • Engine type: Liquid-cooled V-twin
  • Displacement: 399cm3

Boulevard 400

Boulevard 400

The Boulevard 400 is a performance cruiser with aggressive bikini-cowled looks and a 400cm3 engine. Low, flowing body lines that give an unmistakable sense of performance are combined with inverted front forks and stylish cast wheels. The engine is a narrow-angle (45°), liquid-cooled V-twin with fuel injection.

Major Features
  • A narrow-angle (45°) liquid-cooled V-twin engine brings together technology and beauty. Its distinctive V-twin throb is part of a great cruiser experience.
  • Fuel injection realizes linear throttle response plus strong acceleration at low and mid-range engine speeds. It also promotes fuel economy.
  • The Boulevard 400 inherits the styling of Suzuki’s flagship cruiser, the 1,800cm3 Suzuki Boulevard M109R*, which is popular in the United States. Its aggressively styled bikini cowl helps to create genuine performance-cruiser looks.
  • The design also includes inverted front forks that hint at high performance; stylish cast wheels; and slash-cut dual mufflers.
  • A meter panel with a chrome-plated panel set into the top of the headlamp incorporates a fuel gauge and a clock for superior functionality.
  • *Export model

  • Overall length: 2,420mm
  • Overall width: 890 mm
  • Overall height: 1,105mm
  • Engine type: Liquid-cooled V-twin
  • Displacement: 399cm3

Bandit 1250F ABS

Bandit 1250F ABS

The Bandit 1250F ABS is a fully faired tourer. Together with the compact body and torquey performance that make touring so enjoyable on the Bandit series, it has a sharply styled full fairing for heightened comfort.

Major Features
  • A 1,254cm3, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve engine has rider-friendly characteristics including lots of torque at low and mid-range engine speeds. It combines power with quietness.
  • Fuel injection realizes smooth throttle response and superior fuel economy.
  • A six-speed transmission and a full fairing incorporating a screen that gives superior wind protection help to ensure great highway touring comfort.
  • A compact, easy-to-manage chassis contributes to nimble handling and to a riding position that gives the rider a feeling of oneness with the bike.
  • Newly designed, function-focused meters incorporate a gear-position indicator and a shift-up indicator.
  • An electronically controlled antilock braking system that prevents wheel lockup by preventing excessive brake application on diverse road surfaces is standard equipment. It promotes touring enjoyment for the rider.
  • Overall length: 2,130 mm
  • Overall width: 790mm
  • Overall height: 1,235 mm
  • Engine type: Liquid-cooled inline-four
  • Displacement: 1,254cm3

GSV-R Racebike

Another highlight of Suzuki’s exhibits will be a GSV-R racebike.

Production Models

The Suzuki booth will feature the following production models: Gemma; Skywave 250 Type M; DR-Z50; and Love SNA26.

Test Rides

Suzuki motorcycles will be part of a test-ride programme at the Tokyo Motor Show. To give visitors a chance to get familiar with the great features of Suzuki motorcycles, six models (most with antilock braking systems and engine displacements of 400cm3 or greater) will be available.

Dates Saturday 31 October to Wednesday 4 November (last five days of show)
Location Outside the West Hall
Motorcycle Models (One Each) Bandit 1250S ABS
Gladius 650 ABS (export model)
Skywave 400 Type S ABS
Intruder Classic 400 (Cast Wheel version)