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240 Landmarks TopPassenger Cars, Part 1 > Suzulight SS
 Suzulight SS
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This was Japan’s first proper 4-wheeled minicar. It was released in October 1955 with a 2-stroke, 360 cc engine. The "Suzu" of the name was an abbreviation of its manufacturer, Suzuki, and "light" indicated both the nimble operation of the car and evoked an image of illumination. The Suzulight was the first Japanese vehicle to successfully mount a 2-stroke engine in a 4-wheeled car, and it was also the first wholly Japanese vehicle to use a front-engine front-wheel drive set up.
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Storage location:SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION (300, Takatsuka-cho, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka-ken 432-8611)
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Year manufactured:1955
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Manufacturer:Suzuki Motor Corporation
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Classification:Mass-production vehicle
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Current status:On public display: operational
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Vehicle name / Manufacture
Vehicle name:Suzulight
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Model name:Suzulight SS
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Company name:Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd.
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Year manufactured:1955
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Vehicle type/usage:Minicar
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Location of actual vehicle/replica:Suzuki Motor Corporation
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Model / Weight
Style:Box type passenger car
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Number of doors:2
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Passenger capacity:4
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Vehicle weight:540 kg
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Points of interest, topicality:Japan's first front-engine, front wheel drive vehicle
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Body / Size
Structure:Steel sheets (monocoque)
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Bumpers:Provided
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Step:None
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Overall length:2990 mm
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Overall width:1295 mm
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Overall height:1400 mm
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Tire size:4.00-16
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Front axle:Independent
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Rear axle:Independent
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Wheelbase:2000 mm
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Front tread x rear tread:1050×1050 mm
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Vehicle height adjustment:None
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Steering:Round steering wheel
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Dampers:Provided
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Stabilizer:None
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Driving stability devices:None
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Features:Independent 4-wheel suspension
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Engine / Size / Power
Cooling/cylinder arrangement:Air-cooled/inline 2-cylinder
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Valve train:Piston valve
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Carburetor:Provided
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Bore x stroke:58.9×66.0 mm
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Displacement:0.359L
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Ignition system:Battery ignition
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Max. power/r.p.m.:15.1 ps/3800 rpm
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Exhaust emissions treatment:None
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Supercharger:None
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Variable ignition system:None
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Fuel tank capacity:18 L
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Fetures:The first 4-wheeled vehicle with a 2-cycle engine in Japan
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Hybrid
Hybrid system type:None
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Drive-train
Transmission:MT3
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Drive system:FF
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Performance
Mode fuel efficiency:-
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