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14. Acura ZDX
As 2012 winds to an end, AutoGuide looks back at all the vehicles that received the axe this year, some that will be missed, while others surely won’t be.
Starting it off is the Acura ZDX, a crossover that had a very tough time breaking into the market. Priced at around $51,815 including delivery, the ZDX was hardly a hot seller for the Japanese automaker, and it’s clear that Acura can’t wait to move forward from it.
Suzuki has been very successful with sales up 17 percent year-to-date for 2011, and hopes to maintain the momentum into 2012. Suzuki has updated the Grand Vitara with the “Ultimate Adventure Edition” which arrives for 2012. The new edition will feature 18-inch alloy wheels, water-resistant seat fabric, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and integrated fog lamps.
So far, no photos have been realeased however the UAE model will not be the only change for 2012. Grand Vitara models will also get an new tailgate design that will see the model shed its trademark rear-mounted spare tire. Interior updates will also feature an upgraded navigation system including voice recognition, traffic info, 3D map lane guidance and Google Local Point of Interest Search.
Suzuki’s Kizashi mid-size sedan has also experienced terrific sales momentum, up 47 percent year-to-date and will also see some updates. First off, the sedans price tag will not change ($18,999), but new touches include a new high-value leather trim featured as the new SE Leather Edition, and starts $2,000 lower than the top of the line SLS model.
Suzuki is planning to bring the Swift back to the U.S., according to a report by Automotive News. The first three generations of the car were sold in North American and we often rebadged as Pontiacs, Chevy or Geos, but Suzuki decided to cease offering the sub-compact in 2001.
With tiny engines and very little horsepower, the Swift never caught on and Suzuki decided to instead take aim at the compact car market with its SX4 model. But now as the sub-compact segment expands, Suzuki may look to bring back it’s sometimes sporty little hatch. (We spied the hot-looking 125hp Anniversary Edition model above at the Geneva Auto Show).
Word is the successor to the current fifth-generation model is due out soon and Suzuki could have it in the U.S. as early as next year as a 2011 model.
Suzuki is also working on a new Grand Vitara model, due out in 2013, while a new crossover based on the Kizashi mid-sized sedan is expected in 2012 to replace the XL7 model.
[Source: Automotive News via Autoblog]
Suzuki has been in the North American marketplace for a long time, but you’d hardly know it. The Japanese automaker hopes to change all that by stepping into the ultra-competitive mid-size sedan category competing alongside cars like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
Set to officially launch tomorrow, the Kizashi (or at least that’s the name given to the concept car) was spied just ahead of its debut. The last time we saw the car it was doing some hot weather testing in Dubai and was spied by a citizen journalist. Back then the vehicle was masked in both the front and rear.
What we can see now is a massive front grill along the lines of Audi’s new design or the previous generation VW Golf. The earlier spy photos showed a rather uninspiring car but now with the covers removed its quite striking.
We’ll be sure to update you more photos and full specifications once they become available.
GALLERY: Suzuki Kizashi
Thanks to the folks over at Autoblog and one of their readers we have these new spy photos of the upcoming Suzuki Kizashi mid-sized sedan. It’s hard to tell much with all the body-cladding on the car, but it does appear as though a nice rear end design is in the works – even if the rest of the car is rather subdued. That, however, is to be expected on a car that Suzuki hopes will compete with the likes of the Chevy Malibu and Toyota Camry.
Included in the photos are the first pictures of the interior that we’ve seen, and it looks up to par. The two-tone dash, along with the stylized center stack and use of several different materials is an impressive surprise.
Suzuki is expected to have the Kizashi (if that is to be the vehicles name) on sale in the U.S. by December. It is expected to be offered with a standard four-cylinder as well as an optional V6, plus the potential for AWD.
There is also a strong possibility that a wagon and a crossover based on this car will make it to marker shortly thereafter.
GALLERY: Suzuki Kizashi Spy Photos