Small cars continue their assault on the U.S. market with consumers clamoring for hot new models like the Ford Fiesta. One of the more eagerly anticipated models is the return of the Suzuki Swift. The spunky compact was scheduled to arrive this fall, but now Automotive News is reporting in its Monday edition that Suzuki is taking more time to think about it. It is not an engineering issue, most of the work to make the Swift comply with U.S. safety and emissions standards are already done. Rather, the issue at hand is twofold: The rise of the yen against the dollar and the recent Volkswagen acquisition of 20 percent of Suzuki.
It is unfortunate timing for Suzuki. The Swift would help give the company's ailing U.S. marketing arm a much needed boost. Sales are off 48 percent this year in spite of the critically acclaimed Suzuki Kizashi sedan According to the Automotive News report, the Suzuki Swift is now expected to go on sale in 2011.
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