Suzuki Grand Vitara
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Make: Suzuki
Model: Grand Vitara
Suzuki Grand Vitara

The Suzuki Grand Vitara is a compact Sport Utility Vehicle that is really a long-wheelbase version of the Vitara, which was produced by the Japanese automaker Suzuki since 1999. Since 2004, the smaller Suzuki Vitara has been offered in the North American market. Sales were initially very slow, with just 4,860 units sold in 2004. However, in Canada, sales were strong. The vehicle is mass-produced in Iran by Iran Khodro Manufacturing Company. However, all of the North American Vitaras were manufactured at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario, while the North American Grand Vitaras were built in Japan. The model is known in Japan as the Suzuki Escudo. In India, it is sold as a Maruti, which competes with vehicles like the Tata Safari, the Ford Endeavour and the Honda CR-V. The 2006 model has had a much-needed structural redesign with a new chassis integrated into a unibody construction. The 2006 Grand Vitara was developed independently by many of the same Suzuki engineers who developed the Theta. Granted it does use some of the Theta parts, especially in the suspension, but it is quite different and should not be considered a Theta vehicle. For example, it uses a longitudinally mounted engine and is rear-wheel drive with a 103.9 in wheelbase, where as the other Theta vehicles are transverse engined with front-wheel drive as the default. The soon to be released Suzuki XL7 will be a true Theta vehicle, and will be built alongside the Chevrolet Equinox and the Pontiac Torrent at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. Much earlier, a heavily modified Grand Vitara participated in the 1996 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. This racing model was enhanced with two mid-mounted twin-turbo V6's that combined to deliver 985 hp to each of the car's four wheels. It also sported a massive wing to keep the tires on the ground.

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