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Suzuki Cultus (AA44S)

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Suzuki Cultus/Suzuki Swift/Maruti Suzuki 1000/Maruti Suzuki Esteem (AA44S/M-car/MF/MH). 1988 to date (prod. n/a). 3-, 4- and 5-door sedan, 2-door convertible. F/F, F/A, 993 cm³ (I3 OHC), 1324, 1493, 1590 cm³ (I4 OHC), 1324 cm³ (I4 DOHC). Second-generation Cultus, with then-fashionable and more aerodynamic looks, and upright tailgate, with wrap-around glasshouse effect (by virtue of painted D-pillars), on hatchbacks. Introduction of three-box sedan, Cultus Esteem, in 1990, replaced in 1995 in Japan by Cultus Crescent. Convertibles from 1992 to 1994 only. CVT began to be offered with this generation. Still exported as Suzuki Swift and Holden Barina; also sold as Chevrolet Sprint, Geo Metro, Pontiac Firefly, Maruti Suzuki 1000, Maruti Suzuki Esteem (both Marutis were four-door models), Suzuki Forsa, Chevrolet Forsa and even, as part of an OEM deal in Europe from 1994, Subaru Justy. Replaced in North America by revamped model with 1995 model year. Japanese production to 1998; European and Colombian to 2004; Indian to 2007. Pakistani production of five-door hatchback began in 2000; still current at time of writing with 1·0 engine and that nation’s top-selling one-litre car.

Manufacturing locations: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan; Kosai, Shizuoka, Japan; Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada; Esztergom, Hungary; Chang’an, China; Bogotá, Colombia; Gurgaon, India; Karachi, Pakistan

Marque: Suzuki | Model: Suzuki Cultus | Predecessors: Suzuki Cultus (AA41S), Chevrolet Chevette | Successors: Suzuki Cultus Crescent, Geo Metro (1995–7), Opel Corsa B, Suzuki Swift (HT51S), Suzuki Swift (ZC1), Suzuki Ignis (MHX)

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