Tomorrow We Do Ignis

Curiosity overcame me so I went to a Suzuki dealer, writes Richard Herriott (who has hijacked this post). 

Suzuki Ignis Mk1

On the way I saw the Mk 1. First, this is a public service as the Mk1 is not so well photographed. Second, it’s a chance to share my current morbid fascination. Until recently I hadn’t noticed the Mk1 Ignis (2000-2006). It shares similar themes with the Mark 2 which means Suzuki liked the idea and were planning an evolutionary approach. There is slightly raised third window at the back and the distinctive groove running around the middle of the lower body. The headlamps are not so distinctive as on the follow-up car. Why do I like this car? There are some cars which are steady low-key sellers. They don’t generate much copy in the magazines and probably don’t have fan clubs. However, they have the ability to drag in customers who could have bought mainstream vehicles such as the Fiesta and the Clio or Polo and Ka. They usually have a quirk or two and run against the grain of what is considered sensible design and branding practice. The Ignis reminds of the Renault 4: straightforward, durable and practical and a bit odd. While it’s not a hose-out car with rubber mats, it could easily be great for odd jobs and running muddy lanes. Maybe it’s also a bit like the Panda before the Panda became too artfully styled though not half as rustic as the original.

Suzuki do a nice line in these unpretentious cars, products free of the intensity of gaze directed at Fiestas, Astra, Polos and Clios. And this makes them more interesting to look at. Quite possibly they might even have a fun character to them. This version probably rolls over bumps quite well. However, despite its looks it never had 4×4 – the successor did in the form of the rebadged Subaru Justy.

[Note: this item was originally an error message required because the editor managed not to post anything. I have since updated it as of Monday, 18 April.]

Author: Eóin Doyle

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6 thoughts on “Tomorrow We Do Ignis”

    1. Sadly the truth is more prosaic. Simon Kearne loves Easter and celebrated over the weekend by getting through heroic quantities of sherry before starting on the Cillit Bang. Anyone else would be pushing up daisies but he’s got a constitution Keith Richards can only dream of.

      But that’s a good idea. I’ll keep it in mind once normal service resumes…

  1. Curiosity got the better of me as well, after reading this article. That’s what I like about DTW, bringing up fringemobiles I’d almost forgotten about.

    Suzuki left our market in 2010 as sales slumped to the “we cannot recover from this” levels. Yes, I went to Global Suzuki and spent a hour, discovering some vehicles with interiors from 1982. The new Ignis looks like a 1975 Civic CVCC with back teased hair, right down to the titchy black wheels. My virtual quest led me to the factories in India run by Maruti, and Suzuki’s new 100% owned one, all set to churn out Balenos that weigh almost 100 kg less than a Mazda MX-5, thereby casting doubt on Mazda engineers’ ability to really lightweight a vehicle. As for Subaru, the tub o’lard BRZ/GT86 weighs 300 kg more! Oops.

    Still, Suzuki flogs 2.5 million vehicles a year or so, making Mazda and Subaru look like also rans, so there’s that, although the per vehicle revenue is no doubt a lot lower, and the crash test results are not utterly dire on the newer models. Nobody seems to think they ride very well though but a Jimny would suit me fine – just add the Boosterjet triple and tackle the backwoods in low range. Bring beer.

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