The Suzuki Swift is nameplate marketed by Suzuki carried by vehicles of three distinct derivations. First, second and third generations: a supermini that began as an export nameplate of the Japanese domestic market Suzuki Cultus. Fourth generation: the previous version sold outside of Japan as the Suzuki Ignis. This car also formed the basis of the Chevrolet Cruze crossover SUV from 2001 to 2008, which was itself sold as an updated Ignis in Europe. Fifth generation: the current JDM, Europe, Asia and Oceania generation, a significant departure from the previous models, marketed solely under the nameplate "Swift". First, second and third generations The Swift began as a marketing and manufacturing rebadge of the Suzuki Cultus, a supermini (or subcompact) manufactured and marketed worldwide across three generations and four body configurations — 3-door hatchback, 4-door sedan, 5-door hatchback and 2-door convertible — and using the Suzuki G engine family. The Swift was marketed in the JDM (Japanese domestic market) as the Cultus and elsewhere as the Suzuki Forsa, Suzuki Jazz, Chevrolet Swift, Chevrolet Sprint and Sprint Metro, Geo and Chevrolet Metro, Pontiac Firefly, Maruti 1000, Holden Barina and Subaru Justy. Versions of the Generation II Cultus were also produced until 2007 in India and remain in production today in Pakistan. Fourth generation (2000–2008) The Generation IV Swift was introduced in 2000 as a replacement for the Suzuki Cultus. Outside of Japan, the Suzuki Ignis name was widely used. The Ignis was originally manufactured as a five-door hatchback, powered by a new generation of Suzuki straight-4 gasoline engines, the M family. This family featured DOHC, four valves per cylinder and variable valve timing. Displacement ranged from 1.3 to 1.5 L, and power going from 89 to 110 PS JIS (65 to 81 kW). Only the 1.3 L, detuned to 83 PS (61 kW) was available in export markets. The standard transmission is the usual five-speed manual, with a four-speed automatic gearbox. The vehicle is available with either front or four-wheel drive, although the 4WD/auto combination was limited to the Japanese market, as it was incompatible with European emissions regulations. A shorter three-door version, with redesigned bumpers, was introduced in 2003, named Swift Sport in Japan and Ignis Sport in Europe. The Ignis Sport used the same 1.5 L as the regular Ignis, but with power increased to 115 PS (85 kW). The engine was slightly detuned for the European market, to 109 PS (80 kW). The car featured a number of modifications, including lowered chassis, firmer suspension, close ratio gear box and tuned exhaust. The Ignis Sport has the roof bars removed which were standard on the normal Ignis. In 2001, General Motors introduced the Chevrolet Cruze—a crossover SUV based on the Swift, retaining the original car's basic dimensions and powerplants. The Cruze was enlarged by 150 mm (6 in) in length, to improve interior room and luggage space. It was also restyled, adopting a crossover look between a tall hatchback and a sport utility vehicle, and the three-door body was dropped. The 1.3 L is now more powerful, 92 PS (68 kW/ 118 Nm), while the 1.5 L was detuned to 99 PS (73 kW/ 133 Nm). 4WD is only available on the bigger engine. Suzuki in Europe introduced the Cruze as an update of the Ignis in 2003, although extended by roughly 150 millimetres (5.9 in). This version was manufactured by Suzuki's Hungarian Magyar Suzuki plant specifically for the European market. In 2005, a diesel version became available, powered by Fiat's Multijet engine. The 1.3 litre version came as manual front-wheel drive while the 1.5 litre was available with automatic transmission (FWD only) or 4WD via viscous coupling (manual only). Also in Europe, due to an agreement with Subaru, the car was also sold as the Subaru Justy (4WD only) from 2003, as happened previously with the previous generation Cultus-based Swift. Fifth generation (2004-present) The Generation V Swift debuted at the Paris Auto Salon in September 2004. This generation of the Swift marked a significant departure with the previous Cultus-based models, with Suzuki re-designing the vehicle as less of a "low price alternative" subcompact and more of a "sporty" subcompact. The Swift's design and driving characteristics focused on the European market with its chassis refined through a road-testing program across Europe. Indians went to Japan to help Suzuki design this generation Swift. Available with 1.3 (92 PS (68 kW; 91 hp)) and 1.5 (102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp)) L petrol engines, the new Swift is Suzuki's new "global car", produced in Hungary, India, Japan and by Chang'an in China. In Japan, only the 5-door body is available and four-wheel drive is an option for the 1.3 L or 1.5 L petrol engine. 1.2 L CVT transmission version also available in only front wheel drive version. The design of the new Swift was previewed on the Concept S and Concept S2 concept cars at auto shows, in the years leading up to its launch. In Europe, the Swift was launched in 3- or 5-door hatchback form, with 1.3 and 1.5 L petrol engines, and a 1.3 L DDiS engine supplied by Fiat. The 1.3 L petrol is also available with an automated manual gearbox or with four-wheel drive. The British Autocar magazine gave the new Swift a favourable 4/5 stars in road test, judging it a "thoroughly impressive all-rounder". The Generation IV Swift has received a four stars out of five rating in the EuroNCAP crash tests. In Japan, sales figures have been twice the forecast and in many European markets the model has been a runaway success. In Denmark, the GenIV Swift has been consistently in Top 3 for more than 2 years and was the car with the highest sales figures in 2006. In India, rapid sales of the new Swift model contributed to the 64% rise in Q1 profits for Maruti Suzuki. The Swift will be reintroduced to the U.S. market in 2010 to replace the Suzuki Reno. Suzuki introduced a sedan based version of the Swift called the Maruti Swift Dzire in the Indian market. The sedan has the exact same wheelbase as the hatchback version and has an increased overall length due to the addition of the boot. In October 2005, Suzuki launched the Sport version of the new Swift in Japan and in September 2006 the model was introduced in most European markets. Named "Swift Sport", it is powered by a high-revving 1.6 litre, naturally-aspirated DOHC VVT 4-cylinder engine with a 11.1:1 compression ratio, 4-2-1 exhaust manifold, High lift cams, Forged pistons, and strengthened valve springs. Suzuki Swift+ (2004-present For the Canadian market the Swift+ was created with a joint between GM Daewoo and Suzuki, After Suzuki stopped selling the Swift (Generation III) in 2001, to be superseded by a version of the Daewoo Kalos in fall 2003 (progenitor of the Chevrolet Aveo et al.), named the Suzuki Swift+ (note the 'plus' symbol) and marketed solely as a 5-door hatchback. For the 2009 model year, the Suzuki Swift+ was updated in styling and a new Opel ECOTEC 106 hp 1.6 engine receiving 7.9 L/100 km for city and 5.7 for highway from the previous 8.9/5.9, shared with the Pontiac G3 Wave and Chevrolet Aveo.