The Truth About Cars » Suzuki http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:30:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Suzuki http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/reviews/suzuki/ Digestible Collectible: 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/digestible-collectible-1992-suzuki-cappuccino/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/digestible-collectible-1992-suzuki-cappuccino/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1258001 I’m a glutton, and a glutton for punishment. I’m larger than most men, at around six-feet-four-inches tall and weighing between 260 and 280 pounds depending on the time of day, moon phase, and proximity to the nearest good buffet. And yet, I love small cars. I own, and once daily-drove, an early Miata. Mind you, I […]

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I’m a glutton, and a glutton for punishment. I’m larger than most men, at around six-feet-four-inches tall and weighing between 260 and 280 pounds depending on the time of day, moon phase, and proximity to the nearest good buffet. And yet, I love small cars. I own, and once daily-drove, an early Miata. Mind you, I […]

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Suzuki Will Spend $3.9 Billion to Buy Itself Back from Volkswagen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/suzuki-will-spend-3-9-billion-to-buy-itself-back-from-volkswagen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/suzuki-will-spend-3-9-billion-to-buy-itself-back-from-volkswagen/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1174266 Suzuki, while at Frankfurt showing off its new Baleno hatchback and next-generation Vitara, is dealing with a financial problem of sorts. In order to buy itself back from Volkswagen, the Japanese automaker will have to shell out 471.74 billion yen — or $3.9 billion USD. Suzuki plans to purchase as many of those shares back as possible […]

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Suzuki, while at Frankfurt showing off its new Baleno hatchback and next-generation Vitara, is dealing with a financial problem of sorts. In order to buy itself back from Volkswagen, the Japanese automaker will have to shell out 471.74 billion yen — or $3.9 billion USD. Suzuki plans to purchase as many of those shares back as possible […]

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Suzuki: “I Feel Refreshed” After Win Against Volkswagen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/suzuki-i-feel-refreshed-after-win-against-volkswagen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/suzuki-i-feel-refreshed-after-win-against-volkswagen/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:22:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1156202 Osamu Suzuki (middle right), chairman of Suzuki Motor Corporation, can finally celebrate his biggest win. After a failed alliance with Volkswagen put Suzuki — the chairman and company — on the back foot for almost four years, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in London has decided in the Japanese company’s […]

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Osamu Suzuki (middle right), chairman of Suzuki Motor Corporation, can finally celebrate his biggest win. After a failed alliance with Volkswagen put Suzuki — the chairman and company — on the back foot for almost four years, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in London has decided in the Japanese company’s […]

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Suzuki Wanted to Sell Re-badged Jetta Hybrid in the US http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/suzuki-wanted-to-sell-re-badged-jetta-hybrid-in-the-us/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/suzuki-wanted-to-sell-re-badged-jetta-hybrid-in-the-us/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 20:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1134585 In a detailed report on the failed alliance between Suzuki and Volkswagen, Automotive News reports that the Japanese automaker wanted to re-badge and sell Volkswagen Jetta Hybrids in the U.S. before the company eventually decided to close up its local sales arm. The report, which came out on Monday, is a play-by-play of what happened […]

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In a detailed report on the failed alliance between Suzuki and Volkswagen, Automotive News reports that the Japanese automaker wanted to re-badge and sell Volkswagen Jetta Hybrids in the U.S. before the company eventually decided to close up its local sales arm. The report, which came out on Monday, is a play-by-play of what happened […]

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Suzuki May Finally Climb Out From Under VW http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/suzuki-may-finally-climb-vw/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/suzuki-may-finally-climb-vw/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 18:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1133577 Hedge fund investor Daniel Loeb has purchased a minority stake in Suzuki Motor Corp., which may mean the automaker could have a ruling on its nearly 5-year arbitration with Volkswagen, Bloomberg Business is reporting. The unspecified investment in Suzuki by the billionaire Loeb, who is one of Japan’s wealthy business elite, could be a sign […]

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Hedge fund investor Daniel Loeb has purchased a minority stake in Suzuki Motor Corp., which may mean the automaker could have a ruling on its nearly 5-year arbitration with Volkswagen, Bloomberg Business is reporting. The unspecified investment in Suzuki by the billionaire Loeb, who is one of Japan’s wealthy business elite, could be a sign […]

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Suzuki Swept Up In GM Daytime Running Light Recall http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/suzuki-swept-up-in-gm-daytime-running-light-recall/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/suzuki-swept-up-in-gm-daytime-running-light-recall/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=832810 Though Suzuki has long since left the United States automobile market — having better luck selling Hayabusas and boat engines — its partnership with General Motors has not quite given up the ghost, thanks to a defect related to a couple of their last offerings. Reuters reports Suzuki has recalled 184,244 2004 through 2008 Forenzas […]

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Though Suzuki has long since left the United States automobile market — having better luck selling Hayabusas and boat engines — its partnership with General Motors has not quite given up the ghost, thanks to a defect related to a couple of their last offerings. Reuters reports Suzuki has recalled 184,244 2004 through 2008 Forenzas […]

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Bi-Polar Suzuki Not Sure What To Do With VW http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/bi-polar-suzuki-not-sure-what-to-do-with-vw/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/bi-polar-suzuki-not-sure-what-to-do-with-vw/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:20:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497334 Suzuki and VW don’t seem ready to officially call it quits just yet. The two companies are still talking, with both sides continuing to see positives in what was to be a partnership on small cars and Suzuki’s domination of emerging markets. Senior management from both sides, including Osamu Suzuki, are currently in talks to […]

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Suzuki and VW don’t seem ready to officially call it quits just yet. The two companies are still talking, with both sides continuing to see positives in what was to be a partnership on small cars and Suzuki’s domination of emerging markets. Senior management from both sides, including Osamu Suzuki, are currently in talks to […]

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Suzuki Death Watch 17: This Is The Suzuki That’ll Never Arrive In North America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/suzuki-death-watch-17-this-is-the-suzuki-thatll-never-arrive-in-north-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/suzuki-death-watch-17-this-is-the-suzuki-thatll-never-arrive-in-north-america/#comments Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:03:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=476524 It must be Suzuki Day. Fresh off pictures from our resident Chinese spy, Suzuki has released some pictures of the upcoming S-Cross C-segment all-wheel-driver. The S-Cross, first previewed in Paris last September, looks to feature some LED eyeliner and a new corporate grille up front, similar to the refreshed Grand Vitara. It does stay fairly […]

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It must be Suzuki Day. Fresh off pictures from our resident Chinese spy, Suzuki has released some pictures of the upcoming S-Cross C-segment all-wheel-driver. The S-Cross, first previewed in Paris last September, looks to feature some LED eyeliner and a new corporate grille up front, similar to the refreshed Grand Vitara. It does stay fairly […]

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2012 Paris Motor Show: Suzuki S-Cross Concept Embraces Crossover Trend And Ignores History (w/ video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/2012-paris-motor-show-suzuki-s-cross-concept-embraces-crossover-trend-and-ignores-history-w-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/2012-paris-motor-show-suzuki-s-cross-concept-embraces-crossover-trend-and-ignores-history-w-video/#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:27:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462147 While not mentioned explicitly, this is Suzuki’s SX4 replacement – the Dodge Caliber S-Cross Concept – which is all but ready for dealer showrooms for 2013. Suzuki seems to be taking a page out of Chrysler’s handbook from the mid-2000s: throw out a relatively smart, simple, small car and replace it with something that’s between […]

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While not mentioned explicitly, this is Suzuki’s SX4 replacement – the Dodge Caliber S-Cross Concept – which is all but ready for dealer showrooms for 2013. Suzuki seems to be taking a page out of Chrysler’s handbook from the mid-2000s: throw out a relatively smart, simple, small car and replace it with something that’s between […]

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Review: 2012 Suzuki Jimny, Philippine Spec, Tested In The Philippines http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/review-2012-suzuki-jimny-philippine-spec-tested-in-the-philippines/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/review-2012-suzuki-jimny-philippine-spec-tested-in-the-philippines/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:02:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459977 The absolute nadir (Nader?) of Suzuki in America was when Consumer Reports announced to the world that OMG, tall and narrow off-roaders do roll over. The fallout of this scandal would taint the image of the Suzuki Samurai forever in the American market, and ensured that the later, ironically more stable, Suzuki Jimny, never made […]

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The absolute nadir (Nader?) of Suzuki in America was when Consumer Reports announced to the world that OMG, tall and narrow off-roaders do roll over. The fallout of this scandal would taint the image of the Suzuki Samurai forever in the American market, and ensured that the later, ironically more stable, Suzuki Jimny, never made […]

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2012 Suzuki S-Cross Concept: This Is The New SX4 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/2012-suzuki-s-cross-concept-this-is-the-new-sx4/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/2012-suzuki-s-cross-concept-this-is-the-new-sx4/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:48:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456241 What you see above is the S-Cross concept from Suzuki, set to bow at the Paris Auto Show in September. But, this C-segment concept isn’t a new model, instead a replacement for the Suzuki SX4. The current Suzuki SX4 was a product of a relationship between Suzuki and Fiat. However, this time around, Suzuki has […]

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What you see above is the S-Cross concept from Suzuki, set to bow at the Paris Auto Show in September. But, this C-segment concept isn’t a new model, instead a replacement for the Suzuki SX4. The current Suzuki SX4 was a product of a relationship between Suzuki and Fiat. However, this time around, Suzuki has […]

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Suzuki Death Watch 2: Brand Recognition And Spy Shots From Spain http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/suzuki-death-watch-2-brand-recognition-and-spy-shots-from-spain/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/suzuki-death-watch-2-brand-recognition-and-spy-shots-from-spain/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:22:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453211 Yesterday, a whirlwind of spy shots uncovered what looks to be the SX4 replacement Suzuki will start shipping to lots later this year. So far, observations of the new pint-sized every man rally car look promising, including possible turbo power and a handsome, if unremarkable, interior. But, will it be enough to satiate the appetite […]

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Yesterday, a whirlwind of spy shots uncovered what looks to be the SX4 replacement Suzuki will start shipping to lots later this year. So far, observations of the new pint-sized every man rally car look promising, including possible turbo power and a handsome, if unremarkable, interior. But, will it be enough to satiate the appetite […]

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Review: 2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/review-2011-suzuki-kizashi-sport/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/review-2011-suzuki-kizashi-sport/#comments Wed, 09 Feb 2011 21:15:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383404 Maybe it was my lukewarm review. Or maybe it was because Suzuki’s most ardent attempt to date to appeal to Americans connected with only 6,138 of them last year. Despite the unintended acceleration media circus, Toyota sold more Camrys in the average week. Whatever the reason, Suzuki revised the Kizashi after just one model year, […]

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Maybe it was my lukewarm review. Or maybe it was because Suzuki’s most ardent attempt to date to appeal to Americans connected with only 6,138 of them last year. Despite the unintended acceleration media circus, Toyota sold more Camrys in the average week. Whatever the reason, Suzuki revised the Kizashi after just one model year, […]

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Review: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/review-2010-suzuki-kizashi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/review-2010-suzuki-kizashi/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2010 20:34:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=342160 The dominant Japanese car companies remain uncomfortable with their nationality, doing their best to seem somehow American lest they provoke a political backlash. Even as unabashedly Japanese products have become prevalent in the intertwined worlds of TV, gaming, and toys, I cannot recall a car with so much as a Japanese name prior to Suzuki’s […]

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The dominant Japanese car companies remain uncomfortable with their nationality, doing their best to seem somehow American lest they provoke a political backlash. Even as unabashedly Japanese products have become prevalent in the intertwined worlds of TV, gaming, and toys, I cannot recall a car with so much as a Japanese name prior to Suzuki’s […]

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Suzuki Aerio Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/05/suzuki-aerio-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/05/suzuki-aerio-review/#comments Wed, 30 May 2007 10:28:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=3844 front.jpg

The Aerio was supposed to be Suzuki’s Corolla-beater. Born in ’01, refreshed in ’04, the Aerio is one of the few cars that can make a Corolla look sexy. While Suzuki’s website assures us “one thing is for sure about the Aerio: it really stands out in a crowd,” one thing’s for sure: it really doesn’t. The Aerio’s sheetmetal is so deeply and completely plain that Top Gear used it as a beast of burden for its ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ segment. And now it's a lame duck waddling into the history books. How should we remember this entry level captive import?

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The Aerio was supposed to be Suzuki’s Corolla-beater. Born in ’01, refreshed in ’04, the Aerio is one of the few cars that can make a Corolla look sexy. While Suzuki’s website assures us “one thing is for sure about the Aerio: it really stands out in a crowd,” one thing’s for sure: it really doesn’t. The Aerio’s sheetmetal is so deeply and completely plain that Top Gear used it as a beast of burden for its ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ segment. And now it's a lame duck waddling into the history books. How should we remember this entry level captive import?

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Suzuki XL7 Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/01/suzuki-xl7/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/01/suzuki-xl7/#comments Fri, 19 Jan 2007 09:30:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=2971 new-image.jpgI’m 31, single and happy. So obviously my mother is constantly nagging me to get hitched and give her grandchildren. Even my sister’s impending marriage has failed to distract her; she’ll never be content until, presumably, I am not. Perhaps she’s right. I’m the only unmarried man at my weekly poker game. My best friend is expecting his first child this summer. If I were honest, I might admit I’m at the age when oat-sowing men settle down, produce offspring and molt. I can, however, offer at least one compelling reason for not introducing my spawn upon the world’s stage: I'd fit the Suzuki XL7's psychographic profile.

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new-image.jpgI’m 31, single and happy. So obviously my mother is constantly nagging me to get hitched and give her grandchildren. Even my sister’s impending marriage has failed to distract her; she’ll never be content until, presumably, I am not. Perhaps she’s right. I’m the only unmarried man at my weekly poker game. My best friend is expecting his first child this summer. If I were honest, I might admit I’m at the age when oat-sowing men settle down, produce offspring and molt. I can, however, offer at least one compelling reason for not introducing my spawn upon the world’s stage: I'd fit the Suzuki XL7's psychographic profile.

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Review: 2007 Suzuki SX4 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/01/suzuki-sx4/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/01/suzuki-sx4/#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2007 12:07:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=2901 front2.jpg

What the Hell’s a Suzuki’s SX4? I know it’s my job to know about these things, but I swear the test car greeting me upon my return from Old Blighty was the first one I’ve ever seen. If first impressions last, this tall, decidedly Japanese runabout says Subaru Forrester meets Scion xA on the suburban side of town. (In keeping with the parlance of our times, Suzuki shuns the “w” word and calls the SX4 a crossover.) A quick walk around revealed four big wheels, four big disc brakes, a Prius style double A-pillar and an AWD badge. Hmmm…? Could this sub-radar Suzuki be a sleeper?

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What the Hell’s a Suzuki’s SX4? I know it’s my job to know about these things, but I swear the test car greeting me upon my return from Old Blighty was the first one I’ve ever seen. If first impressions last, this tall, decidedly Japanese runabout says Subaru Forrester meets Scion xA on the suburban side of town. (In keeping with the parlance of our times, Suzuki shuns the “w” word and calls the SX4 a crossover.) A quick walk around revealed four big wheels, four big disc brakes, a Prius style double A-pillar and an AWD badge. Hmmm…? Could this sub-radar Suzuki be a sleeper?

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2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2006/02/suzuki-grand-vitara/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2006/02/suzuki-grand-vitara/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2006 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=279 The new Suzuki Grand Vitara: does practice make perfect? Novice violin students using the "Suzuki method" aren't allowed to touch their instruments for months. Aspiring musicians who aren't driven insane by repeatedly fingering cardboard cutouts often go on to make beautiful music, once allowed. Too bad Suzuki doesn't practice Suzuki; we could have all avoided the underpowered and funny-looking last gen Grand Vitara in favor of the infinitely more accomplished 2006 model. Despite obvious improvements since the Vitara's dress rehearsal, the question remains: is the new Grand Vitara finally ready for Avery Fisher Hall?

To make the Grand Vitara a headliner, Suzuki's engineers stripped their mid-sized ute to the frame and started afresh. While the new Grand's exterior is a radical departure from the old two-toned, plastic-clad and dimpled Subaru wannabe, it's still a deeply conservative design. Super-spy stealth touches -- sleek rails that rise ever so slightly from the roof, black-trimmed wheel wells, black side gills on the hood -- add a welcome touch of aggression. Sure, some clunkiness remains. The side mirrors are a dress size too big for the cute ute, and the huge tail lights give the rear end a decidedly dated demeanor. But they're the only flat notes in an otherwise harmonious composition.

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The new Suzuki Grand Vitara: does practice make perfect? Novice violin students using the "Suzuki method" aren't allowed to touch their instruments for months. Aspiring musicians who aren't driven insane by repeatedly fingering cardboard cutouts often go on to make beautiful music, once allowed. Too bad Suzuki doesn't practice Suzuki; we could have all avoided the underpowered and funny-looking last gen Grand Vitara in favor of the infinitely more accomplished 2006 model. Despite obvious improvements since the Vitara's dress rehearsal, the question remains: is the new Grand Vitara finally ready for Avery Fisher Hall?

To make the Grand Vitara a headliner, Suzuki's engineers stripped their mid-sized ute to the frame and started afresh. While the new Grand's exterior is a radical departure from the old two-toned, plastic-clad and dimpled Subaru wannabe, it's still a deeply conservative design. Super-spy stealth touches -- sleek rails that rise ever so slightly from the roof, black-trimmed wheel wells, black side gills on the hood -- add a welcome touch of aggression. Sure, some clunkiness remains. The side mirrors are a dress size too big for the cute ute, and the huge tail lights give the rear end a decidedly dated demeanor. But they're the only flat notes in an otherwise harmonious composition.

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