Suzuki launches full-hybrid model of Solio compact car

By Keisuke Ogawa

Suzuki Motor Corp has launched a full-hybrid car, which can run on electricity as an electric vehicle (EV).

Suzuki said the Solio compact car can travel up to about 2 km as an EV when its lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery is fully charged.

"It can run (on electricity) for about three minutes at a speed of 40km/h," Suzuki said.

The fuel efficiency of the full-hybrid car is 32.0km/liter, which is higher than the fuel efficiency of any other compact tall wagon (with a displacement of 1.5 liters or smaller and a height of 1,600 mm or higher).

Suzuki said it aims to sell 3,500 units of the Solio series of vehicles but did not disclose the breakdown. The Solio can come with a full-hydrid (full HEV) power train in addition to existing gasoline-engine and mild-hybrid (mild HEV) power trains.

While the prices of the existing gasoline-engine and mild HEV models start from about 1,450,000 yen and 1,690,000 yen, respectively. The price of the full HEV model starts from 1,917,000 yen.

Suzuki did not change the dimensions or the engine this time. The full HEV model measures 3,710 (L) x 1,625 (W) x 1,745mm (H), and its wheelbase is 2,480 mm. It is equipped with the 1.2L "K12C" engine.

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higher than the fuel efficiency of any other compact tall wagon

Squeaky-tight parameters for your superlative there, Suzuki.

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2 km? Thanks, but I'll cycle.

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2 km? Thanks, but I'll cycle.

Presumably, like other hybrids, the battery regenerates through braking and coasting, which helps a lot throughout a journey.

The fuel economy still lags behind Toyota's (admittedly less brick-like) 1.5l Aqua, with a sticker price just a smidgin over the Suzuki's. The latter has a kei's dimensions, but without the yellow plate is chuutohanpa for consumers, hence the low sales forecasts?

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I thought they were trying to phase out the favorable treatment given to keis.

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