1st Jan 2008, 04:43
European Swifts are the new (Mini-style) type, other markets get the awful rebadged Daewoo Kalos type.
Suzuki sells both cars as Swifts, though the new type is vastly superior.
Try USA Google and UK Google if in doubt.
I wonder if both types get the standard European interior rattles?!
2nd Jan 2008, 10:58
Further to the above, it appears that America gets the old Kalos rebadged as a Swift and everywhere else including Australia the new type.
Anyone have any more info?
8th Jan 2008, 19:35
I live in Singapore and own a 2005 "new" Swift 1.5auto VVT. Mine was made in Japan and I have no interior plastic rattles issue. The only main complaint I have is the car is static even in a humid place like Singapore. The dealer put in some rubber insulation in the engine compartment and this has helped a great deal. The car is great to drive and it handles very well. Why pay more for a Mini :)
19th Jun 2008, 22:03
In Canada, Suzuki sells a rebadged Chevrolet Aveo (Daewoo Kalos) and calls it the Swift+. Suzuki does not sell the Swift+ in the United States. It's offered only as a Chevrolet Aveo. North America doesn't get the european swift until about 2010. Sorry to hear your Swift+ is a bad model. I had a 1998 Suzuki Swift (Chevrolet Metro LSI). It was a fun tough reliable little car. The transmission went at 200 000 km, so I had to get rid of it.
24th May 2009, 06:14
The Daewoo Kalos has got a very high performance engine in it, if Suzuki has copied or made few changes in it, that doesn't mean that engine is worse. Daewoo engine are much better than Suzuki ones; it all depends on the quality of product you buy.
I've owned a Daewoo vehicle for 9 years, & till now no problems, no engine complaints, no means nothing till now. That's what Korea is famous for, its engineering.
1st Feb 2010, 23:00
Suzuki didn't copy the engine or design, they just rebadged the vehicle as a Suzuki. Everything in it was still, essentially, a Daewoo. When they did this, their reliability ratings plummeted to last place. The Aveo (Daewoo Kalos) is not a high performance engine. It's an economy car that scores below average in reliability, and fuel efficiency. South Korea can make good cars, like Hyundai, but the Daewoo Kalos, and most Daewoos are not good cars. That's why Daewoo went bankrupt and left North America after only a few years.