Suzuki Skydrive: Futuristic scooter design

Since its formal introduction in the Philippine market last November 2009, the Suzuki Skydrive has exceeded sales projections, confirming this revolutionary scooter’s appeal among Filipino riders. Small wonder, as the Suzuki Skydrive features an exciting futuristic design that is setting another trend in the motorcycle industry,

The Suzuki Skydrive’s development concept gives us clues to this scooter’s charisma. Taking on the challenge to design a scooter that would implement the most advanced technology features, the design team created a concept bike that was aerodynamic, very agile and comfortable with adjustable honeycomb-style seats. Two SD concept bikes were exhibited at the 2008 Bangkok Motor Show, and created a buzz with their revolutionary looks. Public perception judged the SD prototypes as the first-ever Japanese scooters that managed to dethrone the Italian style.

By 2009, Suzuki was ready to launch the mass market version, calling it the Suzuki Skydrive. It features a 125cc 4-stroke, air-cooled, E10 gasoline compatible, SOHC engine that can generate a total horsepower of 9.4ps @ 7500rpm. Optimal engine combustion is assured by the patented Suzuki Jet Cooling System (SJCS) and Pulsed Secondary Air Injection (PAIR) System. All these engine features are designed to make the Suzuki Skydrive the leader in performance and fuel economy.

Smooth acceleration was built into the Suzuki Skydrive through its aerodynamic styling, as well as its Super CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) system. The brake system consists of front hydraulic disc and rear drum brakes. The oil-damped suspension system features a telescopic coil spring for the front and swing-arm type for the rear. 14-inch alloy wheels add to the Skydrive’s sporty look, while a stylish muffler guard contributes to rider safety.

The new Suzuki Skydrive is a fusion of traditional excellence and innovative technology. Its head-turning looks bring together a sleek aerodynamic body marked by a revolutionary multi-reflector headlamp, sporty instrument panel, and convenient flat floor board. A magnetic key shutter provides added security and peace of mind for public parking, while an underseat compartment provides storage for personal items. Back riders will appreciate the die-cast rear footrest for more stable and comfortable riding.

The Suzuki Skydrive is being introduced at a very affordable P69,900 and is available in Pearl Mirage White, Candy Summer Red and New Titan Black.

Suzuki Bida Ang Toda campaign reaches out to tricycle drivers

On another note, Suzuki president Satoshi Uchida also announced that with the warm acceptance of the “Suzuki Mola Bira, Bida ang Toda” campaign among tricycle drivers and operators last year, the company will be going on another roadshow in partnership with its provincial dealers.

During the three-day campaign, tricycle drivers and operators are treated to a fiesta-like celebration which includes a stunt show, fun games, trike-khana challenge, a talent contest dubbed as Talentadong TODA, as well as a safety riding and preventive maintenance seminar.

Suzuki owners get free engine oil plus snacks and give-aways when they avail of the service campaign which includes free oil change and service check-up. Several test units of the Suzuki Mola 150 and Suzuki Mola 125 are also available for test rides.

According to Suzuki president Satoshi Uchida, “Because tricycles are the most common means of public transportation, especially in the provincial areas, we would like to reach out to tricyle drivers and operators through the Suzuki Mola Bira, Bida Ang Toda program. As transport operators, we want to help enhance their safety and preventive maintenance awareness through our seminars. At the same time, we want to show our appreciation by entertaining them with our games and contests.”

The Suzuki Mola Bira, Bida ang Toda campaign is set to visit the following cities in the coming months: May – Santa Cruz, Laguna; June – Tarlac, Tarlac; July – Tanuan, Batangas; August – Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija; October – Gapan, Nueva Ecija; November – Tuguegarao, Cagayan; December – Roxas City, Capiz.

Interested tricycle drivers and operators may see posters and print ads for details.

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