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Old 12-15-2008, 12:30 PM   #1
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Rally Stuff Suzuki cans WR Program !

Suzuki Motor Corporation has decided to suspend its World Rally Championship activities from 2009.

Suzuki, which started participating in the WRC back in 2002 - with the Ignis Super 1600 in the Junior World Rally Championship, blamed the economic downturn for its decision to quit.

Despite its exit, Suzuki maintained however, that its participation in the WRC had been worthwhile.

"The entry to JWRC and WRC brought a great deal of positive effects on the product development and marketing activities, nurturing the high sporty automotive brand image, especially in Europe," added the manufacturer in its statement to the media.

"Suzuki expresses its great appreciation to sponsors and fans around the world for their strong support to its activities. The company will continue to provide valued products for its customers by utilizing the experiences earned through the JWRC and WRC activities."

Suzuki's exit means that currently only four teams are confirmed for 2009 - namely the Citroen Total WRT, the BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT, the Subaru WRT and the Adapta WRT. The fate of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford RT and the Munchi's Ford WRT has yet to be confirmed.


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Old 12-15-2008, 12:44 PM   #2
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sporty? I've never seen a sporty us made suzuki car >_>
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:46 PM   #3
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They also pulled all contingency for the motocross bikes. Which seems like a poor decision because there bikes were nothing special compared to the other brands, and the best reason to buy one was for their contingency money.
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:44 PM   #4
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I actually quite enjoyed watching the Suzuki's. And I think they actually did pretty well this past year.

Suzuki has that affordable car yet fun to drive image in my mind, and I wouldn't mind picking up an AWD SX4 and build up a autoX/RallyX car if I have the spare cash.
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:56 PM   #5
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sporty? I've never seen a sporty us made suzuki car >_>
The Swift GTi back in the early 90's was a hoot to drive.
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:07 PM   #6
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WTF MAN!!!! Suzuki produced some awesome NA rally cars the Ignis and the 'new swift' were very good fast and reliable cars... the SX4 would have been a monster with some more development. Crap man the WRC is getting so lame man i wonder if the FIA can give them a bailout to keep people interested.

Its a sad day gents staggering potential gone with the swipe of a pen!

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Suzuki Motor Corporation has decided to suspend its World Rally Championship activities from 2009.

Suzuki, which started participating in the WRC back in 2002 - with the Ignis Super 1600 in the Junior World Rally Championship, blamed the economic downturn for its decision to quit.

Despite its exit, Suzuki maintained however, that its participation in the WRC had been worthwhile.

"The entry to JWRC and WRC brought a great deal of positive effects on the product development and marketing activities, nurturing the high sporty automotive brand image, especially in Europe," added the manufacturer in its statement to the media.

"Suzuki expresses its great appreciation to sponsors and fans around the world for their strong support to its activities. The company will continue to provide valued products for its customers by utilizing the experiences earned through the JWRC and WRC activities."

Suzuki's exit means that currently only four teams are confirmed for 2009 - namely the Citroen Total WRT, the BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT, the Subaru WRT and the Adapta WRT. The fate of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford RT and the Munchi's Ford WRT has yet to be confirmed.

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crash.net suzuki_cans_world_rally_programme.html
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:46 PM   #7
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Subaru is seriously considering to suspend 2009 WRC season as one of their choice to cutting the marketing cost. Subaru will make a decision until the end of this year whether they will stay in WRC next year or not. (There is no English source yet but in Japanese.)
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:07 PM   #8
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I just read the news too.

Shock.

There was so much energy around the "up and comer" Suzuki at Rally Japan this year. Yellow flags all over the place, and a lot more enthusiasm than the weary Subaru camp.

Of course, this all traces back to the FIA's boneheaded moves over the past decade regarding homologation. Current WRC cars have so little to do with the road cars, that they almost have to be engineered from the ground up. And unlike in the past, there isn't any way to plow that engineering into the production cars, so the WRC cost is really just a big write-off. And if you're going to build a whole new car anyway, you might as well go into F1 for the bigger sponsors, spectator market, and not having to deal with stuff breaking on stages.

FIA has been doing everything they can to kill the spirit of rallying in general. The fans aren't happy, the manufacturers aren't happy, and heck even Loeb is more excited about driving an F1 car these days.

Maybe everybody should really just behind the IRC ...

What d'yall think?

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Old 12-15-2008, 08:39 PM   #9
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What do I think? That's for asking. I think rally has always been about real cars on real roads, whether it's navigational rallies or performance rallies. I'd like to see Loeb and Grönholm driving the crap out of the same 150hp econobox that I can buy at my local dealer for $20,000 rather than these multi-million dollar dream machines.
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