The production of Suzuki Kizashi and Grand Vitara come to an end in the home country Japan.
Suzuki has announced discontinuation of Kizashi and Escudo / Grand Vitara models. News broke via a Suzuki spokesperson from Japan, who mentioned to Just-Auto that the models are no longer being manufactured. This confirms long standing rumours that the models were waiting beneath the axe.
The news is not a surprise, not just because of the rumours, but also since Suzuki admitted that launch of Kizashi was a mistake, a year ago. At the same time, Suzuki also said that a replacement for the sedan is not in the pipeline.
Even successor for Escudo / Grand Vitara is not in the cards. Suzuki stated to an Australian media in 2014 October that a replacement for the ageing SUV is not likely to happen. The model has been on sale since 2005.
But the Vitara name is being used for a new compact crossover. UK launch of the same is slatted for 2015 April, to compete with Ford EcoSport, Dacia Duster, Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and yet-to launch Honda HRV.
Source: JAPAN: Suzuki Grand Vitara & Kizashi build ends