Tenneco Inc. supplies the front strut module and rear shock assembly for the new Suzuki Swift. In the rear suspension (a torsion beam with coil springs), an enhanced inclination angle for the torsion-beam bushings gives the Swift 50 percent more lateral rigidity in the mountings, which concurrently gives the driver better handling. Additionally, a new structure for the torsion beam reduces weight and provides greater roll stiffness. This helps increase the vehicle’s fuel economy by 0.8 liters per 100km to 5.0 liters per 100km.
Mahle GmbH supplies the Swift with engine parts such as pistons, valve covers, the air filters and carbon canisters for the fuel tank system. Magna International Inc. supplies interior and exterior mirrors. Robert Bosch GmbH sources the optional stop-start system on gasoline-powered variants of the subcompact.
Suzuki builds the Swift at its plant in Esztergom, Hungary. IHS Automotive forecasts 61,497 Swifts will be produced in 2011, with volumes likely to stay steady through 2012 as well.
Suzuki invested 250 million euros ($360 million) in the plant last year specifically for the new Swift model. Suzuki also offers the Swift with a 1.3-liter diesel engine. The car, which comes in three- or five-door versions, starts at 10,990 euros in Germany.