Micropost: Vastness Rescinded

DTW has a lot of time for Suzuki. Here we see a Jimny in its natural habitat.

1998-to date Suzuki Jimny

The Austrian Tirol asks for a car like the Jimny. The roads can be narrow, steep and snowy. Like the long-lived Defender, the Jimny has evolved and readers can use a lot of mental disc-space on the details of these. You should know it has a ladder-frame chassis (can we

call it the smallest on sale in Europe?) and part-time all-wheel drive. Suzuki have been selling this version since 1998.


Given the numbers I’ve seen in two days this car might claim the mantle of a more modern interpretation of Fiat’s robust and useful Panda 4×4 Mk1.

Far away

I’ve seen contemporary Pandas here with lots of plastic cladding but I think

Jimny in Nassereith, Austria.

they are too nice to be taken seriously: akin to a person in clean, fresh hiking boots in the shopping centre. The question we ask today – will the new Ignis supplant the Jimny or augment Suzuki’s sales?

Why have other brands not tried to compete in the Alpine 4×4 mini/supermini market? The new Ignis is now here too…


Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

10 thoughts on “Micropost: Vastness Rescinded”

  1. The Jimny makes sense as a working vehicle on a farm. For most, though, sure the Ignis would fit their lives better? Capable enough off road, much more comfortable (and, presumably, efficient) on it.

    1. The Jimny’s ladder frame chassis is not the problem you might imagine. The Austrian roads are very smoothly surfaced and the chassis is really short so it can’t twist much. At the same time, the set-up helps on really bad gravel roads and lumpy icy roads. It is a much more robust car than the Ignis, I’d say.

  2. I can still see room for the Jimmy. The Ignis doesn’t seem as rugged and off-road capable, but that’s purely judged on looks.
    By the way, I was not aware that the Jimny is still on sale. After nearly twenty years, it must be one of the longest-selling cars still available, at least in Central Europe.

  3. The Austrian Tirol has an interesting mixture of cars. I’ve been there last April and saw lots of Subarus and some Honda CR-Vs and AWD Suzukis – cars seldom seen in other European regions. I saw my first Maserati Levante in Sölden, where there were lots of AWD 911s, too. But my favourite oddity was the taxi in Telfs: a Jaguar X-Type. Of course it makes sense to have an AWD wagon as a taxi in such a city, but it was a diesel (hence FWD) saloon!

  4. Like the Defender, this car looks more relevant and desirable now than ever. They are also far better off-road than most people think. I used to really like the Daihatsu Terios too for similar reasons, but the Jimny seems to have outlived it in the UK at least. I am a fan of the new Ignis but am really upset by the new Swift, I mean, WTF happened there?

    1. Couldn’t agree more with the Swift. It already started with the previous generation, though. The 2005 model was so handsome, and utterly compact, too.

    2. Swift: difficult sixth album phenomenon. Yes, it’s quite a mudge. For fifteen years it has been a well turned out product. It’s gone Corolla, hasn’t it?

  5. I regularly pass a Jimny on the way into our village. With a lift kit, big knobbly tires and a roll cage on the outside of the car, it looks impossibly handy and a lot of fun.

  6. Wow. I just realized after nearly 20 years that this car is called JimNy, and not Jimmy. The search for the latter on Wikipedia turned out a lot of useless results.

    Eduardo, the carscape you describe sounds a lot like in the Swiss Alps. I guess the requirements are quite similar, and despite all differences, there is also a common Alpine mentality to the people.

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