Suzuki pitches strong mobility as essence of sport utility

The latest news release from Suzuki Philippines hints at what the Japanese brand is looking to push this 2017. With their record-setting 52 percent growth in 2015 which settled down to a strong 37 percent in 2016, Suzuki has been doing solid business with sub-compact sedans, hatchbacks and MPVs. Their passenger vehicles continue to buck … Continue reading Suzuki pitches strong mobility as essence of sport utility

Suzuki hits the mark with the Celerio CVT

Suzuki hit the sweet spot with their second-generation Celerio, upsizing its value proposition with the new hatchback’s roomy dimensions, and updating its refined powertrain with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that’s easily gamed into delivering remarkable hybrid-like performance. Bigger but still nimble Introduced late in 2015, the new Celerio turns the badge into a plus-sized … Continue reading Suzuki hits the mark with the Celerio CVT

Gaming the Celerio CVT

On Suzuki's Celerio CVT (continuously variable transmission) variant, what would seem a drawback is something that’s stock on all continuous variable transmissions. But, rather remarkably, it’s something that can be worked around, particularly on the Celerio’s JATCO CVT7 gearbox. Transmission trade-off The usual complaint against CVT’s is that rubber-band feel of the electronics searching for … Continue reading Gaming the Celerio CVT

Quick note: the hybrid-sensation on a Suzuki Celerio

Drive her right and the CVT variant of the second-gen Suzuki Celerio is the closest you'll come to experiencing a hybrid without it being, you know, an actual hybrid. Exploiting that early clutch lock-up on the Celerio's JATCO CVT7 gearbox mitigates the typical "rubber-band" feel of continuous variable transmissions. And, with the sub-compact hatchback's 1.0L … Continue reading Quick note: the hybrid-sensation on a Suzuki Celerio

Car of the Year Awards won by both of Suzuki’s new vehicles for 2016

Both new models launched by Suzuki Philippines for 2016—the Ciaz sub-compact sedan and the Super Carry mini-truck—have garnered Car of the Year (COTY) Awards from Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI). The all-new Ciaz which Suzuki launched in April marks its maiden year as a banner one after having garnered the 2016 COTY Award for subcompact … Continue reading Car of the Year Awards won by both of Suzuki’s new vehicles for 2016