Suzuki has opened up the pumps—to ease the jitterbugs, of course. The automaker will offer free gas cards with purchase of any new 2009 SX4 small-car models in the U.S.
The promotion, called "Free Gas for Summer," includes a pre-paid debit card good for $270 on the 2009 Suzuki SX4 Sport (sedan) or $290 on the 2009 SX4 Crossover (hatchback). That's good for three months of driving, according to Suzuki, considering the EPA highway rating, today's gas pricing, and the U.S. norm of a thousand miles a month.
The offer stacks on top of the $2,000 customer cash offer that Suzuki is already offering on 2009 Suzuki SX4 models with manual transmission and runs through August 31.
According to Automotive News, the brand just posted an industry-worst 78-percent decline in sales for June, versus year-ago levels. AN said that a thinned product line is mostly to blame for that, including the discontinuation of the Reno and Forenza small-car models and short supply of the XL-7. For months, the joint-venture GM-Suzuki CAMI assembly plant in Ontario, Canada where the XL-7 is made has been idle.
Versus year-ago levels, SX4 sales were down 53.2 percent, while sales of the Grand Vitara plummeted 69.1 percent—despite a revised lineup of powertrains, including a new, more economical base four-cylinder engine, for 2009.
To the editors at TheCarConnection.com, the SX4 hatchback is one of the most appealing small cars for the money, especially for buyers who want all-wheel drive in a small, fun-to-drive package. In TheCarConnection.com's Bottom Line for the 2009 Suzuki SX4, Marty Padgett notes the excellent seats, well-designed interior, and refined driving experience compared to other inexpensive small cars. This year Suzuki added a standard Garmin navigation system to the feature list of the already well-equipped SX4 Crossover models.