Suzuki’s outstanding green credentials have been recognised by the Royal Automobile Association in its annual running costs survey.
The Suzuki Alto and Kizashi were both runaway class leaders in the 2011 RAA Cost of Vehicle Ownership Survey.
With its leading safety of six airbags and ESC plus the economy of just 4.7 litres per 100 kilometres, the Suzuki Alto – starting from just $12,490 drive away – is one of the best value new cars on the market.
The Kizashi also represents outstanding buying, starting at a recommended retail price of just $27,990 and now recognized as the most affordable car in the competitive medium segment.
Calculations were based on private ownership of a vehicle for a five-year period and driving an average of 15,000km each year.
RAA spokesperson Mark Borlace said all the costs of owning and operating a vehicle were included in the survey, with calculations based on private ownership over five years and driving an average 15,000 km annually.
“They included the financing costs of the whole price on the vehicle, depreciation, registration, licensing and insurance as well as ongoing costs such as fuel, tyres, servicing and usual repairs,” he said.
Servicing costs follow manufacturer’s schedule, and include the usual replacement parts and service times, while fuel prices are an average of the past 12 months.
Australia’s leading motoring authority has once again declared the Suzuki Alto the country’s least expensive car to own and operate.
The NRMA’s annual vehicle running costs survey 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, the Alto ranked first among all new vehicles in Australia with a weekly bill of just $123.97.
“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 the RAA.”