Suzuki registered a 33 percent growth in sales in SA.
While discussing the successful year Suzuki had in South Africa, thanks to a 33 percent rise in sales compared to 2013, a few upcoming products were confirmed for 2015, including the India-made Maruti Ciaz.
Suzuki SA's manager for product planning and sales, Charl Grobler, mentioned that the Ciaz will be added to the company's lineup, while no definite date was announced yet. The Ciaz, which was launched in India last year, will be imported and sold alongside other India-made products like Dzire and Ertiga. In fact, it was because of the mentioned vehicles that Suzuki SA's sales flourished, even when the overall industry sales of passenger cars registered a drop of 2.5 per cent.
Talking about the Ciaz, like the Dzire and the Ertiga, only the petrol powered version of the car will be made available in the South African market. In the India-spec Maruti Ciaz, a 1.4-litre K-series petrol engine (shared with Ertiga) that makes 91 hp and 130 Nm of torque is used. It gets a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, but is available with a 4-speed automatic on select variants.
In terms of dimensions, the Ciaz measures 4,490 mm in length, 1,730 mm in width, 1,485 mm in height, and has a 2,650 mm long wheelbase. Feature wise, the car gets steering mounted audio controls, reverse parking camera, push button start and rear AC vents. Safety features include ABS and airbags.