New Suzuki Swift gets double credit

The recently launched New Swift was acknowledged for its outstanding qualities in the small car category by vehicle journalists. Both the Japanese Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference (RJC) and the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW) found the car worthy for the title ‘Car of the Year’.

The Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan (RJC) appreciated the new Swift by selecting it as  2011 RJC Car of the Year. The new Swift is the fourth RJC Car of the Year award winner for Suzuki in Japan following the Wagon R in 1994, the Swift in 2006 (2nd generation in Hungary), and the next generation Wagon R and Wagon R Stingray in 2008. With no doubt, the car has convinced the vehicle journalists with its sporty, elegant design and improved driving pleasure, not to mention the lower fuel consumption and emissions—features which have all improved since the previous Suzuki models.

Not only on Japanese land has the new Swift become the favourite of the automotive journalists but it also gained the attention of the Scottish motoring writers, who voted for the car in the category of the ‘Best Small Car’ and named it as the winner. In addition to that, the new Swift also achieved success as number one in the ‘Safety’ category for its performance indicated by the five-star maximum rating in the NCAP crash test as well as by a safety equipment list of seven airbags and ESP added in 2010.

The new Swift was judged by the 20 members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, scoring the most points in the ‘Small Car’ category and achieving the first award for Suzuki in the 12-year history of the SCOTY (Scottish Car of the Year) event.

The new Swift is available at Hungarian dealerships since 1 October with 1.2 petrol engine, with either manual or automatic transmission.

About RJC

The Automotive Researchers' and Journalists' Conference of Japan, also known as RJC, is a non-profit organization established in 1991, consisting of Japan-based automotive critics and journalists.

The RJC holds a yearly conference awarding titles in the following categories:

  • Car of the Year (Japanese-made)
  • Import Car of the Year (since 2001)
  • Technology of the Year
  • Person of the Year (related to the automotive world)

The RJC Car of the Year is one of the prominent Japanese automobile awards.

The results of the 2011 RJC Car of the Year contest:

Suzuki Swift               288 points

Nissan March             258 points

Honda Fit Hybrid       215 points

Honda CR-Z               148 points

Mazda Premacy         147 points

About ASMW and Scottish Car of the Year

The Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, founded 1961, is the nation’s leading voice on motoring matters, with 20 members covering print, broadcast and internet media. The SCOTY Scottish Car of the Year event has been held since 1998.