Update 9 July 2007: No thanks to The Edge's inaccuracy when it comes to the exact names of Suzuki's models... the RM75,888 model is actually the Swift 1.5 AT Premier, not the Swift Sport 1.6 where both the car and its price will only be available in August. Refer to www.suzuki.net.my
RM75,888 for a JWRC homologated CBU Suzuki Swift Sport (specs-only review here) sounds like a damn good deal. Considering you're practically confined to the Toyota Vios, Honda City and a motley assortment of Protons, Peroduas, Nazas, Kias and Hyundais at that price range.
God have mercy on those who dived in early and picked up the SS from parallel importers at over RM100,000. And with no warranty as well. Sucks to be you, guys.
Well, well, well... I've figured out what my next car's gonna be.
Suzuki targets to sell 300 Swifts a month
by Surin Murugiah (05-07-2007 The Edge)
DRB-Hicom Bhd's wholly owned subsidiary Suzuki Malaysia Automobile Sdn Bhd is targeting to sell 300 units of its locally assembled Suzuki Swift (Swift) model a month, said its chief executive officer Bastamam Hamzah.
The Swift, priced at RM69,888 on-the-road without insurance, is the first model to be produced at Suzuki Malaysia's RM20 million robotic welding line based at the Automotive Manufacturers Sdn Bhd's Malaysia plant in Pekan, Pahang.
Suzuki Malaysia yesterday also officially launched the fully imported Suzuki Swift Sport premier priced at RM75,888 on-the-road without insurance.
"We are the first automotive company in the non-national category for small volume production to adopt this robotic welding technology and we aim to produce an initial monthly production of 300 units," said Bastamam. He said the company had been developing the Swift over the last one and a half years, adding that at RM69,888, it was an attractive proposition for young executives and professional women.
Bastamam said Suzuki Malaysia's decision to locally assemble the Swift reflected its intention to make Suzuki a household brand in the country.