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Suzuki to sell Kizashi in Germany

by Andrew Ganz

Suzuki is hoping that its Kizashi sports sedan will reinvent the brand in North America - and now, the Japanese automaker says that it plans to kick off sales later this year in Europe's largest car market, Germany.

The Kizashi will be introduced in Germany in October, where it will compete with cars like the Opel Insignia, Seat Exeo and Toyota Avensis.

However, the only powertrain to be offered - at least initially - will be the 2.4-liter four-cylinder that also does duty in North American Kizashis. While power ratings of around 180 horsepower are decent for the four-banger, the European market has long been drawn to diesels. A diesel is said to be on the drawing board, however, thanks to Suzuki's recent engineering tie-up with Volkswagen.

Pricing will be announced closer to the Kizashi's on-sale date in October.