• johnny mars avatar johnny mars Posted: 3/5/2013 9:35pm PST

    Suzuki makes great bikes, but got into the car game too late and couldn't compete on gas mileage or styling. They might have has a better shot if they concentrated on SUV's, which offered some style and value. Mitsubishi seems to be going down the same route.

  • fb_1224815454 avatar Jim Posted: 3/5/2013 1:30pm PST

    Interestingly, I just visited a "pocket" of high Suzuki sales in the hills of western PA (Altoona). Those folks love the 4x4 SUVs there, rugged, reliable, inexpensive compared to Toyota, Honda. I couldn't find one person who had a clue that Suzuki was going away. I owned two of these vehicles long ago, a '77 coupe' that rusted out completely in the northern winters of CT and IL; and later, a Samurai that I really liked for what it was. Only took one road trip in it and that was enough, but that things would go anywhere off road in any weather without sucking huge quantities of gas. For what it costs and what it would do, it was a "best buy" despite CR's rip. Guess they didn't realize it wasn't a sports car.

  • fb_100002320805019 avatar Bryan Posted: 3/5/2013 10:26am PST

    I still loved the test drive I took of the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi. It was an automatic CVT transmission and a grey-colored one. Negotiations to buy a Kizashi didn't work out, though. But the car was strong, solid, niceley-designed and beautiful. I would've been happy as a clam ta own and drive one. Especially in red. And in 6-speeds to row through cleanly and sharply.