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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 Suzuki Swift and the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi have both earned five-star safety ratings from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) in the latest round of crash testing.

The all-new Swift, launched in Australia this week, earns the rating thanks to its standard seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee), electronic stability control (ESC), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), anti-lock brakes (ABS) and intelligent seatbelt reminders for the front seats.

The updated-for-2011 Suzuki Kizashi has earned the five-star rating thanks to the introduction of ESC, driver’s knee airbags and seatbelt reminders as standard across the range.

Suzuki Australia general manager, Tony Devers, said the brand was focused on delivering the levels of safety its customers demanded.

“Since the release of Kizashi last May, we have been listening to customer feedback and worked with the factory to introduce these important features,” Mr Devers said.

“The all new Swift is the epitome of Suzuki’s philosophy that driving a compact car does not mean having to settle for less. Safety remained a top priority for Suzuki engineers when designing the new Swift package.”

As a part of the 2011 model year Kizashi update, Suzuki has changed the name of the front-wheel drive models, with Kizashi and Kizashi Prestige replacing the previous XL and XLS.

The entry-level Kizashi manual now gets cruise control as standard, while the Prestige and Sport AWD models get standard Bluetooth.

The price of the entry-level Kizashi is up $500, while the Prestige and Sport AWD remain unchanged.

The new 2011 Suzuki Kizashi is now available for the following prices:

  • Kizashi manual – $28,490
  • Kizashi CVT – $30,490
  • Kizashi Prestige manual – $34,990
  • Kizashi Prestige CVT – $37,490
  • Kizashi Sport AWD – $39,990



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