As the company celebrates the sale of 6 million Suzuki Swift cars since first being shown in 2004, the focus on India is high. Swift sells in truckloads in India with about half the number of sees coming from India.
Sales in India started in May 2005 with production duty going to the Maruti Suzuki factory in Manesar. That has now changed to the new Hansalpur plant in Gujarat region under the aegis of Suzuki. In its latest avatar, 3rd-gen Swift made it’s showing at the start of 2018, and is raking in about 20k new customers each month.
FY2017 Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) this week conferred five stars on Suzuki Motor Corp’s Swift in Collision Safety Performance Assessment. Suzzuki Swift comes equipped with Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS), which caters to both active and passive safety measures. The vehicle was also given a top Advanced Safety Vehicle++ (ASV++) rating in Preventive Safety Performance Assessment. Swift’s safety proposition is owing to its light and rigid new-gen platform, HEARTECT and Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) body structure.
JNCAP in close association with National Agency for Automotive Safety and Victims’ Aid (NASVA) assesses and evaluates vehicle safety performance results. Collision Safety Performance Assessment studies overall collision safety performance through ranks based on assessment scores in 3 categories: Occupant Protection Performance Assessment; Pedestrian Protection Performance Assessment; and Seatbelt Reminder Assessment.
Preventive Safety Performance Assessment take a vehicle through the paces to check overall performance of preventive safety system in three ranks based on assessment scores in four categories: the frontal Autonomous Emergency Braking System for vehicle; the frontal Autonomous Emergency Braking System for pedestrian; the Lane Departure Warning System; and the
system that provides the driver with information captured by rear-facing cameras.
In Japan, Suzuki Swift is recognised as a Safety Support Car (Sapo Car), a trm allocated to vehicles aquipped with certain set parameters. Sapo Car S category cars have safety features to thwart misuse of accelerator and brake pedals, which is recommended for older drivers.