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Service plan reduces cost of ownership as Suzuki earns more accolades
|Date: 02 Jun 2011
||Author Type: Press Release
Suzuki Auto South Africa has a announced the introduction of a service plan as standard on its entry-level Alto model.
The move confirms the company’s commitment to reducing the overall cost of ownership, and expressing a strong sense of value across its range of passenger cars and SUVs.
The service plan is valid for three years/45 000 km, and includes the replacement of engine oil, the oil filter, fuel filter, air filter, the brake fluid and all accessory belts. Tyres, brakes and other wear-and-tear items are excluded.
While Suzuki has offered the service plan to Alto buyers since 2010 as a special offer, it has now confirmed it as a standard feature.
The news coincides with further proof of the brand’s global reputation for cost efficiency. Australia’s leading motoring authority has once again declared the Suzuki Alto the country’s least expensive car to own and operate.
The Australian NRMA’s annual vehicle running costs survey recently confirmed Suzuki’s reputation as offering the best value for money, with stand-out performances from every car in its range.
The Alto GL dominated the light car class and easily outperformed all other competitors.
Based on average car operating costs over a five year period, the Alto GL manual ranked first among all new vehicles in Australia with a weekly bill of just $89.81 (about R674).
Taking into account purchase price, depreciation, petrol prices, maintenance and insurance, the Alto’s average weekly fuel bill was calculated at $24.00 (R180) per week, returning an overall cost per kilometre of just 31 cents (R2,33).
With its leading safety of six airbags and ESC plus the economy of just 4,7 litres per 100 kilometres, the Suzuki Alto is one of the best value new cars on the Australian market.
In the Compact SUV segment, Suzuki models occupied the top three spots with the Jimny and Grand Vitara running on weekly average costs of $130.39 (R978) and $155.16 (R1 163) respectively.
Suzuki was also amongst the best performers in the small and mid-size car segments with the SX4 running costs at $128.33 (R962) and the Kizashi at $182.18 (R1 366) a week, the cheapest naturally-aspirated vehicle in its class.
“The Suzuki mantra of providing quality, reliable and value-packed products couldn’t be more evident than in our award-winning line-up of vehicles,” said Suzuki Australia general manager, Tony Devers.“The results speak for themselves and we are extremely proud of this recognition by NRMA.”
The NRMA survey is Australia’s most authoritative, comparing more than 1,200 cars on all key cost factors. The full listing can be found at www.mynrma.com.au.
“The Australian survey underscores what we already know from a South African perspective: that Suzuki cars and SUVs are cost-efficient purchases combining a value-added retail price with affordable raunning costs,” says Kazuyuki Yamashita, managing director of Suzuki Auto SA.
“Aspects such as fuel efficiency and the service plan, which is now offered as standard across our model line-up, including the Alto, ensure low overall costs of ownership, which has become a key consideration of all new vehicle purchasers.”