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Suzuki to start production of Vitaras in January

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Japanese carmaker Suzuki will start the serial production of the new Vitara model in January next year, Magyar Suzuki CEO Ryoichi Oura announced at a press conference yesterday. The Hungarian unit will begin selling the new model next spring and they will export them to all Suzuki's markets, he said, without revealing planned production.

 The parent company's plan to introduce a new model every year could result in Magyar Suzuki launching the production of a new model every 2-2.5 years, the CEO said. The Hungarian unit wound up Splash and previous-generation SX4 models and the Esztergom plant is only making SX4 S-Cross and Swift models at present.

Suzuki sales on Hungary's new market reached 5,000 this year, up 27% year-on-year, beating the 20% rise of the market, sales director Robert Krisztian said. Suzuki has a 7.4% share on the market, he added. Magyar Suzuki sales rose 11.6% to €1.567 bln last year.

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