2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara Recognized as 'Best Buy' by Consumer GuideAmerican Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) has broken its own all-time sales record, rolled out its eagerly anticipated all-new XL7 and SX4, bolstered its dealer network and unveiled an engaging brand campaign. Now, ASMC has announced that its 2007 Grand Vitara has received the prestigious Consumer Guide(R)(1) Automotive Best Buy award. An integral part of Suzuki's life enthusiast brand proposition and its diverse product line, the Grand Vitara has helped drive record-breaking sales and received numerous industry awards since it was first introduced in 2006. The longstanding popularity of the Grand Vitara, coupled with the recent
introduction of the Suzuki XL7 and SX4, has put Suzuki on track to exceed 100,000 vehicle sales for the first time in the company's 21-year history.

The Best Buy award in the Compact Sport-Utility Vehicle category presented by Consumer Guide(R) Automotive was Suzuki's first. Every year, Consumer Guide(R) Automotive editors select new vehicles from the hundreds of cars they evaluate for a Best Buy or Recommended award and choose the best overall values in 17 category segments, ranging from inexpensive compact cars to premium luxury SUVs. A vehicle's price, features, accommodations and its performance during test drives are considered when determining a Best Buy or Recommended award. A Best Buy represents an optimum balance of attributes within its class across 10 rating categories.

The 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara out-paced nearly 20 other compact SUVs in the competition for the Best Buy 2007 award. Other nominees in the Compact Sport-Utility Vehicle category included:

* Acura RDX
* BMW X3
* Ford Escape
* Honda Element
* Hyundai Tucson
* Jeep Compass
* Jeep Liberty
* Jeep Patriot
* Jeep Wrangler
* Kia Sportage
* Mazda Tribute
* Mercury Mariner
* Mitsubishi Outlander
* Saturn Vue
* Subaru Baja
* Subaru Forester
* Toyota Rav4

In addition to its industry award success, the five-passenger Grand Vitara has played a key role in Suzuki''s record-setting sales in 2006. Through the first 10 months of 2006, ASMC has achieved a 25 percent sales increase over the same period in 2005. To date, the company has sold 87,278 vehicles, easily besting the record-setting annual sales of 82,101 vehicles sold in 2005. Suzuki also attributes its record sales to its expanding network of more than 520 U.S. dealers, and America''s # 1 Warranty -- Suzuki''s industry-leading, 100,000 mile, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.

2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara

First introduced as a 2006 model, the Grand Vitara has garnered much media and consumer acclaim and has won numerous awards. The 2007 Grand Vitara features a standard 185-horsepower, 2.7-liter, V6, 24-valve DOHC engine, a sophisticated available Four-Mode full-time four-wheel-drive system, tough unibody construction enhanced with a built-in ladder frame and an extensive list of interior amenities and standard safety features.

The list of standard safety features is extensive: ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP)2, including traction control, six airbags, three-point driver and front-passenger Seat belts featuring shoulder height adjustment; in the rear seat, each passenger is provided with a three-point Seat belt system and a headrest. With its carefully engineered control layout and close attention to materials and fit-and-finish, the interior of the Suzuki Grand Vitara is functional and attractive.

The Grand Vitara comes in three trim levels: Base, XSport and Luxury. The standard five-speed manual transmission and two-wheel drive starts at an MSRP of $19,379. The Grand Vitara with Luxury Package and Four-Mode full-time four-wheel-drive system tops out at $24,599

2007 Suzuki Full line

Suzuki's diverse product line now features the XL7 and Grand Vitara SUVs and a variety of cars to match the needs of every lifestyle. The 2007 vehicle line also includes the functional SX4 compact crossover, popular and versatile Forenza sedan and Forenza Wagon, European-styled Reno and sporty, yet fuel-efficient Aerio. The entire vehicle line offers something for everyone and exceeds consumer expectations with standout virtues for toughness, leading-edge style and high-end features at prices well below the competition. All 2007 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America's #1 Warranty: 100,000-mile, seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.

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