The World Car Awards is the big one. Every year manufacturers from all over the planet go head to head in pursuit of the coveted awards, with the winners announced at the prestigious New York International Auto Show.
Vehicles are scrutinised and tested by 86 prominent automotive journalists from 24 countries. Competing against 40 new cars, the versatile Suzuki Jimny was a semi-finalist in three separate categories then went on to be judged 2019’s World Urban Car. Suzuki has been a finalist in this category for three consecutive years with Ignis in 2017 and Swift in 2018.
Mike Rutherford, executive director of the awards, said Suzuki produced some of the finest small cars on the market. Toshiro Suzuki, president of Suzuki Motor Corporation said, “We are greatly honoured to receive this award. The Jimny is the one-and-only compact, authentic off-roader, and we have kept true to this concept for almost 50 years.”
Already a sell-out success in New Zealand with orders extending into 2020, Jimny has fans all around the world. Reviewers have been impressed by Jimny’s value and ability. The Southern Group of Motoring Writers in Britain judged it their “dark horse 2019 winner” describing the Jimny as, “So, so cool.” Ian Robertson, chairman of the group, said, “Suzuki has done a superb job with Jimny in re-forging one of the best - and most compact four-wheel drives - on the market.”
With pricing in New Zealand starting from as low as $26,990, plus on-road costs, the 1.5 litre Jimny Sierra comes with a host of safety, security and comfort equipment as standard. This includes lane departure warning, weaving alert, dual sensor brake support, hill descent control, hill hold control, satellite navigation and smartphone connectivity.