Top marks from RACT


Suzuki’s outstanding green credentials have been recognised by the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania in its annual running costs survey.

The Suzuki Alto and Kizashi were both runaway class leaders in the 2011 RACT Cost of Vehicle Ownership Survey. This follows similar recognition from the NRMA and RAA.

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 – has been confirmed as one of the best value new cars on the market.

The Kizashi also represents outstanding buying, starting at a recommended retail price of just $28,490 and now recognized as the most affordable car to own and operate 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.

RACT spokesperson Darren Moody 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.

Based on average car operating costs, the Alto ranked first among all new vehicles in Tasmania with a weekly bill of just $113.89.

The RACT result confirms findings by other leading independent organisations – the NRMA and RAA.

“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 RACT, NRMA and RAA.”

A summary of the 2011 report can be found at:

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