Suzuki Previews Three City Car Concepts Ahead of Tokyo Motor Show

Nauman Farooq
by Nauman Farooq

While Suzuki cars might not be very popular in North America, in its home market of Japan, they are a very big deal indeed. So to serve their home market, Suzuki is bringing a trio of concept cars for the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. These are the Regina, Q Concept and the Swift EV Hybrid.

The Regina is a lightweight city car that can seat four, and despite just having a gasoline engine, should manage 72.3-mpg. Apart from the low weight, its low drag co-efficient also helps it achieve its impressive fuel economy figures. Suzuki didn’t mention the exact Cd figure but says its 10% lower than similar sized city cars.

GALLERY: Suzuki Regina Concept

The Q concept is for people who hardly travel anywhere. Suzuki says this electric vehicle is designed for people who travel roughly 6-miles per day. So think of it as an enclosed golf cart for two.


The third concept, and most likely to go into production, is the Swift EV Hybrid. Based on the Asian and European market Swift model, the Swift EV-H has an electric motor which is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. On a full charge, it can travel between 12 and 18-miles, after which the gasoline engine will kick in to take you the rest of the way home.

Look for full coverage of the Tokyo Auto Show starting November 30th, and see AutoGuide’s complete 2011 Tokyo Motor Show preview here.

GALLERY: Swift EV Hybrid

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