Suzuki Jimny First Drive: The Kei Car Monster Truck

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  1. GTPNewsWire

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  2. Clay_GT_17

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    Was eyeing this vehicle (likely the old one) as a rental vehicle next year. @Famine Would you not recommend?
     
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  3. Famine

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    Depends where you're going. Not a road = hell yes; A road = really not.
     
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  4. Clay_GT_17

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    Ok thanks
     
  5. Joey D

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    I was curious about this so I dug around to see if I could find an answer:

    One theory is that it's a case of a mistranslation. The Suzuki top brass were in England or Scotland or something like that and heard the word "Jimmy". Apparently, it didn't translate correctly and ended up being "Jimny".

    The other theory comes from its chassis (LJ) codename which is Gemini. Apparently, that got lost in translation too and worked out to be "Jimny".

    Not sure which, or if either is correct. But it sounds plausible.
     
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  6. Auditore

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    Kei and monster in the same sentence,that's a first.
     
  7. Famine

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    Almost every article I write has a Googlewhack or at least a key phrase in it. Helps to find out where else it gets posted.
     
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  8. I_Leak_Oil

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    Awesome rental car in Botswana, we did over 2000 miles in 3 weeks including a 300 mile off road stretch. It outperformed many larger 4x4 :)

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    Im just upset we are not getting this in the US.
     
  10. 1241Penguin

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    I just realized after all this time that the car is called the Jimny and not the Jimmy. Oh my god.

    Edit: Never mind, I was thinking of the GMC Jimmy and not this.
     
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  11. Naveek Darkroom

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    Kind of wish they sold these over here.

    Imagine if they made a 6X6 version.
     
  12. bloodyboyblue

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    I don’t imagine they’d sell in North America unless they were WELL under $20k. Which wouldn’t happen. Most people would be scared to drive them anywhere, since this isn’t the 80’s anymore.

    A lot of people would remember the last time they tried selling the Jimny here (as the Samurai), when the vehicle was more likely to be on 2 or 0 wheels than 4. The few surviving examples do have a cult following still though.

    If someone made a modern version of the original Vitara/Sidekick/Tracker it might be a hit though. Slightly bigger than this but still much smaller than a Wrangler.

    Even 2 door Wrangler sales are decreasing over time though so the market for a small off-roader is shrinking. Most people just buy an ATV or Side By Side
     
  13. ILIV

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    I live 100 km away from mountains in a proper (old European) city (with narrow streets and also bad roads). This is a perfect affordable car both for the city (not that important to me.. I just walk or use PT) and especially for weekend excursions into the wilderness.

    Fishermen, hunters, young couples who love active lifestyle without or with little kids, village people, overlanding enthusiasts, 4x4 maniacs, female townies who adore it for its size and looks these are the buyers of this car. Not so niche after all imo!