Suzuki Tokyo Lineup Includes Alto Concept

With just few weeks ahead the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, Japanese manufacturer Suzuki has revealed its automobile lineup for the event, which is to start on October 24 at the Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex in Chiba City.

Suzuki’s booth will, in fact, host the new Suzuki Alto Concept, the Suzuki Swift Plug-in Hybrid, the Suzuki SX4-FCV and the Suzuki MIO electric wheelchair, among others. Alongside the brand’s motorcycles and power-assisted bicycles, the vehicles will be showcased under the theme “small cars for a big future”.

Since the Alto is approaching its 30th anniversary in the home market, Suzuki will display the near-production-ready Alto Concept, a front-wheel-drive version which sports a 658 cc DOHC three-cylinder engine, mated with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Overall length of the minicar is 133.7 inches, while the wheelbase measures just 94.5 inches. The Japanese carmaker says it is also planning a four-wheel drive version.

The Swift Plug-in Hybrid is a series hybrid incorporating a propulsion motor, a battery, and an engine-powered generator. Just like the Alto concept, it is fitted with a 658cc gasoline engine. The engine will generate 40 kW and the front-drive electric motor has an output of 74 hp.

The SX4-FCV (Fuel-Cell Vehicle), which is currently tested on public roads with government approval in order to be further developed, is fitted with a General Motors-produced fuel cell, combined with a Suzuki-developed high-pressure (70MPa) hydrogen tank and a light, compact capacitor. The system is reportedly recovering energy during braking and using it to reduce fuel cell loading during acceleration.

As for the MIO, the electric wheelchair, it is powered by a direct-methanol fuel cell, so the user to worry less about running out of fuel on the road. The MIO is on trial since November 2008 and will likely hit production sometime next year.
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