Suzuki Celerio nominated for COTY 2015 (c) Suzuki

Suzuki Celerio nominated for Car of the Year 2015

The new, affordable Suzuki Celerio city car has been nominated for the 2015 European Car of the Year award, with the compact Japanese hatchback sitting alongside some incredible company.

The European Car of the Year panel this week announced the 33-strong short list, which will get whittled down closer to crowning the winner at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Unveiled at Geneva this year, the Suzuki Celerio has been a big hit, offering incredible levels of space and practicality alongside frugal, environmentally friendly urban motoring and a low purchase price.

Analysing the information, it’s clear to see why the Suzuki Celerio has been put forward as a strong contender for European Car of the Year 2015.

The new car offers nearly double the luggage space of the outgoing Suzuki Alto city car at 254 litres. Despite this it’s only 10cm longer at 3.6 metres long, meaning the Suzuki Celerio will still be easy to park and manoeuvre in tight spaces.

Suzuki Celerio nominated for COTY 2015 (c) Suzuki

There’s a new efficient engine, too.

The Suzuki Celerio is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with dual-injection technology. Equipped with stop-start, it means the car emits just 85g/km CO2, making it road tax free in the UK.

There’s a choice between a five-speed manual gearbox and an automatic transmission, too, which Suzuki claims is even more efficient than the manual.

Despite being marketed as a truly affordable car that punches well above its weight, the Suzuki Celerio doesn’t show any signs of cost cutting inside.

A modern dash layout, featuring plenty of in-car technology, and vibrant upholstery combinations mean this is a small car with a big personality. Strong ergonomics mean the pace of city life will never be too fast, either.

The Suzuki Celerio doesn’t actually go on sale in the UK until later on this year, but we can’t wait until it arrives – especially at a predicted price of around £7,000.

Given that the car has already been shortlisted for the very prestigious European Car of the Year award, it proves that Suzuki’s new city car offering has turned heads and forced the industry to take note.

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