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Suzuki’s small bakkie headed for SA

24.05.2016

Suzuki has introduced a small bakkie, called the Super Carry and South Africa is the first market worldwide outside of India to introduce the newcomer.

This will be the first LCV to be introduced by Suzuki South Africa. With passenger car sales dwindling in the current economic conditions, a light commercial vehicle is a good move for the Japanese manufacturer.

Target market

The small bakkie features a cab-over design and large load deck. It is aimed at small business owners who need something that is cheap to own and maintain yet is able to carry large loads.

SA’s first Super Carry

This may be the first Super Carry that we’re receiving locally however, in a global context, the Super Carry is now in its 11th  generation, dating back to Japan in 1961.

Loading ability

The Super Carry provides a payload of 750 kg thanks to leaf springs at the rear, together with a load bay width of 1.49 m, some 175 mm of ground clearance and a turning circle of 8.6 m. This makes it an ideal vehicle for smaller tasks in tighter spaces.

Under the hood

There’s a small four-cylinder motor with 54kW/101Nm mated to a five-speed manual gearbox powering the rear wheels. It is certainly not going to be very fast, but it will very likely last a very long time and provide fantastic fuel returns if the rest of the Suzuki portfolio is anything to go by.

What Suzuki had to say

“We’re delighted to introduce the Suzuki Super Carry to the SA market,” says Charl Grobler, manager of product planning and sales at Suzuki Auto SA. “It arrives at a time when cost efficiency, affordability and value for money are key requirements for small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking an efficient, versatile and robust utility vehicle.”

Pricing and peace of mind

The Suzuki Super Carry is produced in India for the SA market and goes on sale through Suzuki’s national dealer network from June at a recommended retail launch price of R129 900. The price includes a three-year/100 000 km warranty.

 

Article written by Autodealer
24.05.2016
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