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Suzuki Alto (SS30V)

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Suzuki Alto (SS30V/SS40V). 1979–84 (prod. n/a). 3-door sedan. F/F, F/A, 539 cm³ (I3 2-str.), 543, 796 cm³ (I3 OHC). Suzuki spins off the Fronte, with a back-to-basics three-door commercial version exempt from the country’s excise tax, though it was also exported either as a two- or four-seater, often with the Alto badge. In Japan, it had to have a folding rear seat to qualify as a commercial van. Modern shape, a departure from earlier Suzuki passenger car efforts. Well priced, with Suzuki aiming to keep each unit’s costs to ¥350,000 with a retail price of ¥450,000—though ultimately Suzuki couldn’t keep it that low, and the car’s entry price became ¥470,000. Leaf springs at rear, helping with low cost; in the home market, only the driver’s side door had a keyhole in some cases. Hugely successful thanks to the low price. Minor facelift to square headlights in October 1982. Four-wheel-drive model, the Snowliner, from October 1983.

Manufacturing location: Hamana-gun, Shizuoka, Japan

Marque: Suzuki | Model: Suzuki Alto | Successor: Suzuki Alto (CA71V)

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