By Theodore Opara
Suzuki is not a brand that is known for many models, but the few models that comes from the Japanese auto maker boasts of many good attributes such as fuel efficiency, durability, ruggedness and safety.
From its little Alto to the Grand Vitara Compact sport utility vehicle, Suzuki has proved that it is the master in any class it finds itself. The Alto has been revered as the most fuel efficient car in Nigeria and the most sought after car by taxi operators nationwide.
Another thing going for the brand in Nigeria is that while other brands go for routine service after 5000 kilometres, the Suzuki brand visit the workshop after 7500 kilometre thereby ensuring some savings for the owner.
With these qualities, therefore, the Suzuki brand has carved a niche for itself in Nigeria as the most pocked friendly brand.
The Suzuki APV (All-Purpose Vehicle) which comes in two versions, panel van and passenger bus offer value like no other vehicle in the Nigerian market. Roomy, strong, affordable and fuel efficient, the Suzuki APV stands out with many attributes.
According to C&I Motors, managing director, Mr. Vikram Mehtani, whose company represents Suzuki in Nigeria, the Suzuki APV versions boast many advantages over single and double cabin pickups.
Another advantage, he said is that being an enclosed compartment the incidents of theft is reduce in Suzuki APV panel van. This is apart from the fact that it even offer about 30 per cent more space than single cabin pickup.
Also in the Suzuki APV panel van, goods can be loaded from three points including the side doors and rear door, while the same temperature is maintained all through the cabin.
According to the C&I boss, since the introduction of the first sets of Suzuki APV into the Nigerian market, they have not received complains of breakdowns and malfunctions and most customers who bought the first sets have always been coming for more.
Powered by a 1.6 litre engine with manual transmission, the Suzuki APV leave no one in double about its capability to deliver on any assignment. Its steering wheel is rack and pinion while the suspension is McPherson strut and coil spring in front and rigid axle with leaf at the rear as well as three-link rigid axle with coil spring. The brake is ventilated discs in front and leading and trailing drums at the rear.
The All-Purpose-Vehicle (bus) version seat eight people in comfort while the panel van seats two in front with driver.
Power steering, electric windows, central door locking, remote control door locks, air-conditioner, reclining adjustable seats, dual air-bags, three-point ELR front seatbelts with pretensioners, and front limiter side impact door beams, high-mount stop-lamp are some of the features of the Suzuki APV vehicle.