New Suzuki Swift has big boots to fill

By David Thomson on Sat, 17 Jun 2017

New Zealand's top-selling small car in recent years, the Suzuki Swift, is going to be a hard act to follow.

But, as you may have deduced from this week's cover, the time has come for Suzuki to make the call, and an all-new Swift is now on sale here.

Drivesouth senior contributor Richard Bosselman attended the media launch of the latest Swift, and provides a full-run down on the vehicle and some first impressions.

As it happens, I have also managed to have a brief spell behind the wheel, taking the 1.0-litre BoosterJet turbo variant for a quick spin around Dunedin a few days ago.

My first impressions are of a car that retains the light, nimble and fun character of its predecessor.

That BoosterJet engine, which is reserved for the flagship RS model, is an absolute treat, too.

I cannot wait to grab one for an extended test. This week's launch in Auckland was followed by a gathering of motoring scribes and industry representatives to remember our recently departed colleague, former Christchurch Press and Fairfax Group motoring editor Dave Moore. Drivesouth was represented at the gathering by Richard and Catherine Pattison.

Here in Dunedin, my memories of Dave were prompted by the collection of a Toyota Highlander press car: when I went to connect my phone with the vehicle's Bluetooth system, I found that the last person to have connected his phone to that particular vehicle was Dave, presumably just a week or two before his untimely death.

Richard and I pay our formal respects to our colleague and friend on this page.

As a decidedly non-motoring aside, it was a nice coincidence to have the Highlander to drive to and from Forsyth Barr Stadium on Tuesday night.

For obvious reasons, the name of vehicle was a perfect accompaniment to a pleasingly memorable occasion on which another great piece of Otago sporting history was made.

David Thomson