At the Tokyo Motor Show this week, Suzuki unveiled the Regina concept. The Regina is 3.5 meters long and 1.6 meters wide, and premieres a global car. It is driven by a 800cc turbo petrol engine partnering with a CVT transmission that delivers above 20kmpl.
Innovation does not stop with just the impressive specifications. Suzuki's new manufacturing techniques allow it build the Regina's production version with better cabin space and lesser number of components, while not compromising on build quality.
The exterior design is composed of a green skin that envelopes the car. The passenger cabin volume is enhanced by thin seats and a pushed-in dashboard design.
The A-Star (Alto in Europe) was launched in late 2008 and is due for a mid-life facelift next year. In the next three-four years, Suzuki has to plan for a replacement for this global small car as competitors Hyundai, Peugeot and Toyota are said to be developing successor models of their rivals. The Regina's dimensions and character hints at the next generation A-Star, but we'll have to wait and see if that transition does take place.