Suzuki recorded superb May sales figures for 2012. This follows a brilliant first quarter of the year, thanks to some fantastic VAT-free offers on the Suzuki Alto, Suzuki Splash and Suzuki Swift hatchbacks.
The Japanese firm’s results for last month were up a staggering 91% year-on-year. This bolstered Suzuki’s brilliant first three months of 2012, recording 7,711 vehicles sold.
According to Head of Press and PR Suzuki Automobiles, Alun Parry, the company’s great results are “largely attributed to the success of the VAT free campaign that ran until the end of June”.
“This campaign on SZ2 models of Suzuki Alto, Suzuki Splash and Suzuki Swift, all priced at less than £9,000 certainly increased showroom traffic through affordability, lower emissions and subsequent low costs of ownership.”
In fact, you could pick up the cheapest of the trio for just £6,666. With a frugal 68bhp 1.0-litre engine that returns 64.2mpg combined and emits 103g/km CO2 – equating to £20 road tax – the Suzuki Alto is an excellent and affordable urban vehicle.
Equipment in SZ2 trim – the specification on which buyers pay no VAT – is good: ABS, remote central locking, electric front windows and an MP3 compatible CD player all come fitted as standard.
Moving up the range, the Splash SZ2 is available for £7,777 and offers solid value for money, just like the Alto; great equipment levels, economy and build quality all compounded by the 20% discount courtesy of Suzuki’s VAT contribution.
The final vehicle available in the VAT-free offer is the Swift hatchback – a car that recently recorded over 764 miles on one tank of petrol!
Again offered in SZ2 trim, the £8,888 Swift boasts Suzuki’s Electronic Stability Programme as standard, a plethora of driver and passenger airbags and front and rear seatbelt pre-tensioners, all helping the Swift to achieve a full five-star Euro NCAP crash test safety rating.
Electric windows, a six-speaker MP3 compatible CD player with USB connectivity and 15-inch wheels are all among the car’s standard-fit kit too, offering good levels of equipment.
The Swift’s 94bhp 1.2-litre engine is both frugal and powerful – 0-62mph comes up in 12.3 seconds, while fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 56.5mpg combined and 116g/km means £30 road tax.