THAILAND: Suzuki to build Celerio for local sale, Europe
Suzuki Motor Corporation’s Thai subsidiary Suzuki Motor (Thailand) (SMT) will assemble the Celerio (which is also made in India) from next May. It will also build the model for Europe, starting in the second half of this year.
SMT in March 2012 started production and distribution of the Swift 'eco-car' (defined by strict Thai government criteria) and the Celerio will be its second such model. It built around 50,000 units last year.
Suzuki describes the Celerio as "a global compact car". The Thai-built version is based on the A:Wind concept displaye at the Thailand International Motor Expo last November.
The automaker said careful attention to body structure and layout has delivered a roomy interior and generous luggage capacity despite the compact exterior size.
The Thai version will have a newly-developed five-speed manual transmission as standard with optional CVT in a market where automatic transmission now dominates.
With the newly-developed one-litre engine, the car achieves fuel consumption of 5 litres/100km, one of the requirements for cars that meet the Thai government-approved eco-car project criteria.