Although the Japanese automaker was reportedly fervently working on bringing its Kizashi sedan concept to production, new reports indicate that Suzuki Motor Corporation has indefinitely shelved the project.
Citing reports published in today’s issue of the Nikkei, Automotive News indicates the forthcoming Suzuki model is either canceled or awaits in limbo. The move comes as Suzuki faces the current economic crisis, and is analyzing its expenses to see where money could potentially be saved.
First shown at the 2007 Frankfurt motor show, the Kizashi sedan was reportedly a thinly-veiled sneak peak at an upcoming large sedan from Suzuki. Though smaller than most American full-size cars, the Kizashi would be larger than the Forenza, the Daewoo-built sedan that was sold in the U.S. through 2008.
If true, the cancellation of the Kizashi wouldn’t be the only project to suffer from Suzuki’s budget cuts. The Nikkei also claims that plans for new overseas factories are delayed, and we’ve already seen Suzuki cancel the development of a new S2000-spec car for the 2010 World Rally Challenge.
Source: Automotive News