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Suzuki Forenza

lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
Here is the new place to discuss your thoughts on the upcoming Suzuki Forenza "premium compact" sedan. This car is set to come out next spring as an 04 model and is basically a rebadged Daewoo. Here's a link to specs and photos:

http://www.media.suzuki.com/auto/media.html

Personally, I think the interior is beautiful. A real surprise for such an inexpensive car. It looks very VW. The exterior has a nice European style. Leather, ABS, traction control, and power sunroof are options (side airbags seem to be missing). 4 wheel discs and 8 speaker CD/cassette is standard as is the usual power accessories. Prices are expected to be between 12-15k. The engine is a disappointment though. The 2.0 liter DOHC 16 valve four only makes 119 hp. What does everyone else think?
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  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The car does look very promising. But Daewoo had the same 119hp, and no one went for them. They need to beef up the power for the US. We are all power hungry. :)
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Actually, the same engine in the Daewoo Nubira made 128 hp. I'm wondering why it lost so much power. A DOHC engine should be capable of 130 without any problems.
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    yes, nice job on the interior....is Suzuki on its way up? The Aerio has found a niche, the Vitara has nice new dash, and now these two cars....Suzuki also has a killer warranty.......
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The Aerio is still a little too cheap looking inside for my tastes. I sat in an SX at the car show. I might be a little snobby though, because I have a VW.
  • This car is coming to Canada as well, not as a Suzuki, but rather a Chevy:
    http://www.canadiandriver.com/news/030213-6.htm
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    The Aerio is not grade A on the inside, but for a vehicle with that much space and nice tall seating position, compared to say, Neon and Cavalier? Its nice enough......the big problem with it is the digital dash. The door panels are pretty nice.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    when I was car shopping.... sure didnt feel like 145hp to me. that, and the interior was very... bleh. I did like the radio up high though, and the steering wheel, albeit ugly, felt good.

    ~alpha
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I sat in an Aerio SX at the car show, and found it pretty comfortable. The interior was a little blah though, and the door panel flexed when I pushed it with my knee.

    I know the Aerio GS beat out the Neon, Cavalier, the all-new ION, and the Hyundai Accent in a recent CR test, ratings wise...
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    Aerio is a good buy...not top dog but for the price makes a good showing. Needs to trash the digital dash. Almost more lame than gauges in the center.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    A year ago, I would have agreed with you. I used to hate digital gauges. Now, however, I think the digital dash works quite well. It's bright, easily readable at a glance, looks sort of futuristic, and does not intrude on your forward visibility thanks to its compact design. It definitely doesn't look classy like analog gauges, but at least the Aerio has a tachometer unlike the early digital guages of the 80s. I think what makes people not like the digital dash is the odd dash design.
  • Somebody posted a pic of a disguised test mule Forenza over on the C-- and D----- (isn't this "don't mention other boards" rule supremely annoying?) message board. They thought it was a 2004 Nissan Altima, and people were agreeing! I had to post a pic of the Forenza to clear things up. Considering that the Altima's styling seems to be well received (though I'm not a big fan myself), I guess that's a good omen for the Forenza.

    -Andrew L
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,810
    Andrew, it's not that you can't mention them, you just can't promote or link to them. :)

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  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Will The Forenza push the more expensive AWD equipped Aerio out of the market? Will the Forenza have AWD?
  • arg11arg11 Posts: 5
    of the Suzuki Forenza was found when using the "Browse by Vehicle" selector. Maybe kirstie can take care of that...
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    Got it!

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  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Not a bad looking vehicle in person. I wonder how it will drive? V6, on paper, does not seem strong enough to compete with other V6 models. Still think the name is too close to the Olds Firenza of the 1980s.

    ~alpha
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    I think you have your cars confused. The Forenza doesn't have a V6. You must be thinking of the Verona.
  • arg11arg11 Posts: 5
    Heck, I can't even *remember* the names Forenza and Verona off the top of my head.

    Someone said (I forget who) that the Forenza is a 3rd update of the Nubira, which is based on an old Corolla platform. Maybe someone can verify if that's true, and what vintage Corolla, and how much it remains a Corolla design under the skin, or if it has basically all been updated piecemeal.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    As far as I know, the Nubira has no ties whatsoever to the Corolla and yes the Forenza is what the redesigned Nubira would have been had Daewoo stuck around. I'm not sure what the Nubira was based on but I seem to remember it had ties to an Opel platform, which is GM's European arm.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    my apologies!
    ~alpha
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