There is no query that I am a fan of small physique SUVs. There is no such thing as a substitute for hauling completely different combos of individuals and cargo throughout completely different areas, easily or in any other case. In lots of elements of the world, the typical highway floor is one way or the other worse than even the Pennsylvania Turnpike, so a sturdy body is paramount.
I’ve by no means been to Iran earlier than however I think about that is a kind of locations the place a sturdy automobile is required. So it is no surprise that the final era of the Suzuki Grand Vitara continues to be being constructed there.
Iran Khodro is owned by the Iranian authorities and has been constructing Renault, Peugeot and Suzuki vehicles for years. The Peugeot 405, initially launched in 1987, continues to be manufactured by the corporate, which makes the 2005 Suzuki positively contemporary as compared.
It appears that evidently the Iranians made only a few modifications to the Suzuki that we as soon as knew. The two.4-liter four-cylinder has an output of 169 hp and corresponds roughly to what’s accessible within the USA.
It’s attention-grabbing that whereas Suzuki redesigned the Grand Vitara for different markets, the older era truck continues to be produced in Iran. As we noticed at Nissan’s Tsuru in Mexico, familiarity and ease of upkeep could also be crucial in growing markets, so the comfort new designs supply does not matter.
Would such a system for low-cost automobiles work right here within the US? In all probability not. With ever-evolving security and emissions rules, automakers can be reluctant to proceed producing a low-profit automobile that might require vital labor to conform. The exception is outdated runout automobiles for fleets such because the Chevrolet Captiva and the Nissan Rogue Choose.
I might like to see Suzuki within the US once more. They have been making attention-grabbing, well-built vehicles for years (I actually need a new Swift!), However poor U.S. administration set the corporate right here to fail.
[Image: Iran Khodro]
Chris Tonn is a broke basic automobile fanatic who writes about outdated vehicles as a result of he cannot afford to purchase them. Pity him on Twitter, Fb or Instagram.