New Suzuki ‘designed for Europe’

Suzuki has unveiled its latest model, the Splash, and said that the car is designed for the needs of the European market.

The compact car, which is "nimble, youthful, attractive and versatile", according to its maker, is the fourth new Suzuki model in three years and is based on the platform of the best-selling Swift.

In Europe alone, the Splash is forecast to achieve sales of around 60,000 units per year.

Toshihiro Suzuki, chief engineer on the development project, said: "Based on completely different criteria, Splash’s design is mainly tailored to the requirements of European customers."

A choice of three engines will be available with the new Suzuki range – a one-litre three-cylinder unit, a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine and a 1.3-litre common-rail direct injection engine available with a diesel particulate filter.

To enhance safety, the Splash has been given ABS, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, six airbags and seatbelt pretensioners in the front seats.

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