Suzuki Carry is such a car!
Speaking of the mini truck (kei truck), “Suzuki Carry”, Suzuki Carry is so famous that many people answer it all together. This Suzuki Carry is extremely popular as a working car that can run on rough roads and still carry a lot of luggage, and is particularly popular with the agricultural, forestry and civil engineering industries.
The first Suzuki Carry was released in 1961, 59 years ago. At that time, it debuted under the name “Suzu Light Carry” instead of “Suzuki Carry”.
The first-generation Suzulight Carry has a 2-cycle engine equipped with a 360cc engine, the largest displacement of a mini car at the time. With such a simple and reliable construction and the extremely low price of the vehicle, around 300,000 yen, it quickly gained popularity and succeeded in the Suzuki commercial minicar market. He solidified his position.
In addition, Suzuki Carry boasts a long track record of annual sales by car name in the domestic truck division from 1971 to 2009, and as of January 2010, the cumulative sales volume Suzuki’s huge hit, well over 4 million units.
Suzuki Carry continues to be popular even today, 58 years after its launch and the 12th generation of the current model.
Need a turbo?
At present, there are turbo model settings for various models, including ordinary passenger cars and mini cars. Also, even if you don’t know the details of turbo, many people think of it as “something fast” when you hear it as a turbo car.
The idea of a “turbo car = fast car” is not a mistake, but strictly speaking, a “powerful car” is more correct.
In the first place, an engine must burn fuel inside the engine to generate energy, and air is needed to burn fuel. At this time, more power is obtained by taking in more air into the engine.
In order to take in more air into the engine, the turbo uses the energy of the exhaust gas to rotate the turbine, and at the same time, compresses the air with the compressor and sends more air into the engine.
In other words, the amount of air sent into the engine of a turbo engine is larger than that of a normal engine (NA vehicle), so it is possible to extract more power than the displacement.
Advantages of turbo
The biggest advantage of a turbo car is that it can run much more powerfully than a normal engine (NA car).
Even if the engine has the same displacement, a turbocharged car will exhibit the same power as a one up higher-grade engine, which is a great advantage especially for cars such as mini cars that have a lack of power.
Also, by installing a turbo, it is possible to reduce the displacement even for the same size, so there is also an advantage that tax etc. is slightly lower.
Disadvantages of turbo
On the other hand, the disadvantage of turbo is that fuel efficiency is bad. As mentioned earlier, turbos use turbines to deliver more air and fuel to the engine, and therefore tend to be slightly less fuel efficient than NA vehicles. However, there is no surprising difference in fuel efficiency because the development technology has improved recently.
Second, it is often said that turbos are more likely to break down than NA vehicles.
The reason is that turbo engines use much more parts than NA engines. Using many parts increases the risk of component failure.
Nevertheless, the risk of failures can be greatly reduced if you take good care of regular maintenance, such as oil changes and oil filters.
Why the turbo is gone from Carry
As mentioned at the beginning, turbo models have been sold to Suzuki Carry, a mini truck, since around 1999. However, the turbo model is now abolished, and unfortunately it is not possible to purchase a Carry turbo model with a new car.
So why did the turbo model disappear from Carry? There are three reasons for this.
Utility as a mini truck
Mini truck are most commonly used in agriculture and forestry. In agriculture and forestry, we run mainly on relatively narrow roads and unpaved rough roads, so there is no need for a turbo-like run.
On the contrary, if a turbo is installed, there is too much power and the cargo may collapse or slip, leading to unexpected accidents. Mini truck need to carry a lot of luggage and run well on narrow and uneven roads.
Vehicle prices are high and difficult to maintain
Generally, the price of the turbo engine is about 100,000 yen higher than the NA engine. In addition, it is also difficult to maintain, because various maintenance is required, such as frequent replacement of oil and oil filters, checking the amount of cooling water for the engine, and overhauling the turbine.
Because mini truck are widely used by the elderly, turbo cars that require such a lot of maintenance are not selected.
Evolution of NA engine
In the past, there were parts where light power was inevitably felt in light cars, but now the technology is improving, and the feeling of power shortage in NA engines has been greatly reduced.
In particular, the mini truck has a light body, so its acceleration is not so bad as to require a turbo. Rather, the NA engine is superior in ease of use, such as economy and durability.
This time, I have explained turbo cars, focusing on why the turbo model has disappeared from Suzuki Carry.
Carry was the only turbo model in the mini truck, but is no longer available. The reason is that most uses of mini truck are in industries such as agriculture and forestry. The use of mini truck in these industries does not require the acceleration of turbo engines, and is considered unsuitable.
However, the reliability and popularity of Carry has not diminished even after the turbo model disappeared, so it will be a big success as a business partner in the future.