Friday, November 11, 2011

Suzuki makes a splash with Marine Concept

DETROIT — Suzuki likes to claim there aren’t many obstacles that its Grand Vitara can’t overcome. Not on land, anyway. But its Marine Concept adds a new dimension to what the SUV can tackle.

The concept car, er amphibious vehicle, made its debut at the annual SEMA Show, in Las Vegas, this week, the project developed by students at Ohio Technical College.

They started out with a conventional Suzuki Grand Vitara, opened up the roof, then added a Suzuki outboard motor and a nautical radar arch – as well as a “surfboard review mirror” and an ocean liner fog horn. A nautical-themed paint job rounds out the package.

The goal was to combine Suzuki’s automotive and marine operations – though it is questionable whether the Marine Concept actually can float, never mind navigate open water.

The Suzuki Marine Concept has an outboard motor, a radar arch - even a fog horn - but whether it actually floats is uncertain.

“The Grand Vitara Marine Concept exemplifies the unique combination of passion and innovation, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the finished product,” said Jeff Holland, American Suzuki’s director of public relations.

Whether or not it will ever see the sea, Suzuki plans to storm the beaches at the upcoming L.A. and Detroit Auto Shows with the Marine Concept.

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