TOKYO - Suzuki Motors Corp.'s new Wagon R+ will be built at Suzuki's Hungarian venture. It also offers a peek at the type of vehicle now being developed jointly by Suzuki and General Motors' Adam Opel AG unit.
'The vehicle will be different, but the concept is the same,' said Suzuki spokesman Shinichi Imaizumi.
The jointly-developed model will be similarly tall, with comparable packaging, he said.
As the plus sign in the Wagon R+ name implies, the vehicle is slightly larger and more powerful than Suzuki's highly successful Wagon R, Japan's top-selling vehicle in 1998 and so far in 1999.
The Wagon R+ is powered by a 1.0-liter double overhead cam 16-valve engine that puts out 70hp at 7,000rpm, up from the 660cc engine on the standard Wagon R. A turbocharged, intercooled version is also available, producing 100hp at 6,500rpm.
The car is 3510mm long, 1620mm wide, and 1670mm tall. It rides on a 2360mm wheelbase. Suzuki calls it a true five-person vehicle suitable for use as a first car, whereas the four-person regular Wagon R is considered a four-seater often used as a second car.
In Japan, the Wagon R+ sells for a base 1,178,000 yen, or $9,820 at current exchange rates.