The Suzuki Wagon R
is a kei car
first introduced in Japan
in 1993, and is still in production by Suzuki
. The R stands for Recreation. It is one of the first cars to use the "tall wagon
or tall boy
" design in which the car is designed to be unusually tall with a short bonnet
and almost vertical hatchback
and sides in order to maximise cabin space while staying within the kei car dimension restrictions.
The Wagon R has been the best-selling kei car in Japan since 2003;
It has been a profitable car for Suzuki
even in the International market, mainly since introducing the car in India
. Sales of Suzuki Wagon R have reached 5 million units at the end of February 2010.
1st generation (1993–1998)
The first generation Wagon R is high, or taller ( internally) than the JDM Suzuki Alto
sold at the same time (which was exactly the same length and width). The Wagon R used the same 660 cc three-cylinder engines as did the Alto and other Suzuki kei cars. A bigger Wagon R Wide was added in early 1997, featuring a wider body and a 1-litre four-cylinder engine.
2nd generation (1998–2003)
1998 saw the introduction of the second-generation Wagon R in Japan, with the Wagon R+
replacing the Wagon R Wide in 1999 - this was brought to Europe in 2000, with larger engines. This is also produced in Esztergom
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