libertycat Member Posts: 593
Wow! I'm so happy Suzuki finally has a mid-size sedan. I hope it has lots of pretty wood trim inside and a great value.
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I'm also interested to see how the straight-six engine is received. Most (all?) other cars in that class have either I4s or V6s.
Maybe over the road it will be different. On paper, it seems like a loser to me.
For me, it is pretty nice looking car and it has Real Italian design and German Engineering.
The inlie 6 Engine is pretty quiet & smooth. However, it doesn't have impressive power like Altima 3.5 but just enough one.
bluewinds- "The inlie 6 Engine is pretty quiet & smooth. However, it doesn't have impressive power like Altima 3.5 but just enough one."
you've driven the Verona?
Representatives from Suzuki and GM Daewoo Auto & Technology (GMDAT) officially certify that the new 2004 Suzuki Verona midsize sedan has passed the fifth and final stage of its progressive quality assurance process, designed to ensure the new model meets the high quality standards established by Suzuki for the North American market.
Following their successful completion of the quality assurance process at GMDAT headquarters in Incheon, Korea, the first new Verona vehicles began their shipment to the U.S. to arrive in Suzuki showrooms by late August 2004.
"Our standards aim to place Suzuki vehicles among the top three Japanese manufacturers in vehicle quality," explained Rick Suzuki, president of American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) of Brea, Calif. "The Verona not only meets but exceeds these quality standards."
The first product from Suzuki's investment in GMDAT and the largest car ever sold by Suzuki, the Verona combines Italian styling; a roomy interior; and a standard 2.5-liter, 24-valve DOHC in-line six-cylinder engine with such standard features as fully adaptive automatic transmission, speed-sensitive power steering, air conditioning, and four-wheel disc brakes.
ASMC used the occasion of the Verona's first shipment to the U.S. to announce an MSRP starting at just $16,499 without the $500 destination charge-- giving the new car a distinct value advantage over the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
The 2004 Suzuki Verona is the first of nine new models to be launched by Suzuki as the cornerstone of its plan to triple 2002 U.S. auto sales by 2007.
Editor Note: Photos of the Suzuki Verona quality audit are available at www.media.suzuki.com
A prettier picture has been painted.
What about quality control?
As I understand it, the bottleneck in Daewoo parts distribution is Daewoo Motor America, not the factories in Korea. Since Suzuki will presumably be distributing the parts in North America, that should take care of that problem.
Does the V6 Magnus have a manual transmission option in Korea? Might be able to extract a bit more power from the engine. I'll also bet there are tuners in the home market with stiffer suspension kits, maybe even a supercharger. Bluewinds, got any info on that?
And, thanks. . .
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What is the reason for putting a transverse inline 6 in this car? I love the smooth nature and mellow sound of an inline 6, but it seems that a 60 degree V6 may have been a better choice.
After driving one (today)I can say it hit the mark on that one design goal. The engine is so quiet on start up it was hard to even tell it was running without the window down. The power delivery was very smooth throughout the power range. It never gave the impression of straining, but it also did not give neck wrenching acceleration. I could not even tell when the transmission shifted it was just that smooth.
The whole car was then designed to be as quiet and smooth as possible without much sacrifice in handling. It gives and almost old time Buick like feel with the ability to handle almost, if not quite, like a modern sporty sedan. I think the closest large production vehicle that handles close is the Mercury Sable, but the Verona is seems much quieter in the cabin.
Back to what the experts say about the Sable,Edmunds; "The Sable is a respectable performer when it comes to ride, handling... The suspension is compliant, making for a comfortable ride and easy long-distance drives."
One thing I can tell you for sure, I would rather be in a car designed to be a road cruiser on long trips rather than a Camry any day. There is such a thing as the comfort factor.
The only 04 car that I've been able to compare the Verona with in comparison to price were Corollas, Civics, and Centres by Nissen. This Car is obviously the better buy. I went and looked at a Camry, and a Hyndai Sonata. It kinda seems like a no brainer when comparing them. The verona offers so much more, and a price in a completely different category. Anyway, the car is awesome, and if they can advertise it right, it will be a true knock-out.
The real uniqueness about this engine is that it appears to be taking from its motorcycle technology by using oil as a significant part of engine cooling. The engine holds 7.5 quarts of oil and the cooling system is 8.5 quarts. I would bet that the horsepower numbers for this engine will increase >20% over the next few years.
Has anyone purchased a Verona or did some dealing to see what kind of discounting is being done on these cars, as from what I've seen they'll only take off $500 from list price?
Will be interesting to see how these cars are received here in the states.