Suzuki Samurai Jeep
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Make: Suzuki
Model: Samurai Jeep
Suzuki Samurai Jeep

The Samurai Jeep Series was launched in the United States in 1985 for the 1986 model year. It was priced at just $6200 and thus likely lead to the fantastic 47,000 units that were sold in its first year. The Samurai had a 1.3 liter, 63hp, 4-cylinder engine and was offered as a convertible or a hardtop. The Suzuki SJ Series began production in 1982 in Hamamatsu, Japan. In Japan, the Samurai Jeep Series was available as the Suzuki Jimny and was one of the famous keicars. It was manufactured with both 550cc and 660cc 3-cylinder engines for domestic use. The SJ-Series was enlarged for export purposes and had many names worldwide, such as the Suzuki Samurai, the Suzuki Sierra, the Suzuki Caribbean, the Suzuki Santana, the Holden Drover and the Maruti Gypsy. In 1988, the Samurai was enhanced for better on-road use in the United States. This revision included softening the suspension settings and installing a larger anti-sway bar to reduce body roll. A lower 5th gear also increased engine rpm and power on the highway. Further, an improved dashboard and seats made the Samurai more comfortable as a passenger vehicle. It was not all happy news for Suzuki though, and in stead they found themselves involved in a lawsuit. Suzuki alleged in its product disparagement lawsuit against Consumers Union that CU rigged its tests thus giving the Samurai Jeep a "Not Acceptable" rating in the spring of 1988. Suzuki filed the suit in April 1996 after CU repeated and sought to further capitalize on its seemingly unfounded claims. Most notably, in its 60th anniversary issue, Consumer Reports magazine singled out the Suzuki Samurai as the prime example of a "Not Acceptable" safety hazard. CU boasted to readers that its tests showed the Suzuki Samurai rolls over effortlessly in turns.

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