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Old 11-21-2016, 10:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Suzuki Baleno is the first car I can think of, that isn't a Honda, to come with a manual transmission and a hybrid system.

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It's a little on the small side for me but otherwise I'd be very tempted, were I looking to replace my I2. It's lighter than an I2 - and i can't find any info on electric motor power rating or battery capacity.

It come in two variants, a 1.2l, 4 cylinder, 16 valve hybrid version - and a 1.0l 3 cylinder tubo non-hybrid version. Feedback is that the hybrid tends to get slighly better fuel economy - both in the real world and on the NEDC test. Could be an interesting test case for this thread I guess: https://www.insightcentral.net/forums...nsight-g2.html

Edit: In other territories, the SHVS system is also available for the Celerio, Swift and Ignis.
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Old 12-05-2016, 06:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default and now the Ignis

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And Suzuki put out another 5 speed manual transmission hybrid with the Ignis.

Aerodynamics of a brick this time - so fuel consumption takes a little dive.

Both the Baleno and Ignis are a little small for me to consider. If they put out a bigger car with this system I'd be interested but I suspect the hyrid motor and engine would need a little more heft to make it worthwhile too.
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Looks like a similar system to GM's bygone eAssist. Extra big/fat generator with an extra wide serpentine belt feeding a fairly LV hybrid battery/DC-DC.

I wonder why more mild hybrids haven't gone the way of Honda and put a pancake motor on the flywheel... patents?
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Maybe for you UK guys, but I don't think we're getting those in the US. I've seen a few Suzukis on the road before, but I guess they stopped their automotive sales in the US a few years ago. We can get motorcycles and jet skis from them.
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