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Suzuki by Jim Gorzelany
Suzuki's Web site: http://www.suzuki.com
About the new 2005 Suzuki Reno, first things first:
1. There are no plans for a “
Reno 911” special edition with a seven-pointed
star on the front fender, A-pillar spotlights, a three-year/36,000 donut
warranty, and poor aim with a Glock sidearm.
2. A “Janet” Package with extra-length driver’s seat
track and a Sense of Humor Delete will not be offered.
3. A Reno Gambler option (“Roulette” alloy wheels,
exclusive “Blackjack” paint and Kenny Rogers in bas relief on the steering wheel hub) is not in the
Not that it matters. The ’05
Reno is good enough as it
stands. As a contestant in the Gen-Y market hotly pursued by the Mazda3, Ford
Focus, and just about every Scion, the five-door
packs a lot of value onto its 102.4-inch wheelbase. It brings Italian style to
the small car market and proves that just because you’re frugal and functional,
you don’t have to be frumpy.
There’s no secret, however, that when
you lift up its skirts, there are Suzuki Forenza petticoats underneath, and
under those are the legs of a Daewoo Nubira, late to these shores. Like both of
those models, the
is made at GM’s Daewoo
as part of
a longstanding relationship between GM and Suzuki.