PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 July, 2005, 12:00am

The Suzuki Swift (right) arrives in Hong Kong next week, says Desmond Yu of Island Motors (tel: 2518 0729). Available in 1.3-litre manual and 1.5-litre automatic versions, and priced between $109,000 and $132,000, the Swifts suggest Suzuki has sportified its runabouts with bolder lines and 'intelligent keyless functions' inside.

The Swift performed well in recent NCAP safety tests, winning a four-star adult protection rating, three stars for child protection, and matching the Honda FR-V in winning a rare three-star rating for pedestrian protection.

The Swift's body 'proved to be extremely strong, suffering minimal deformation in the frontal impact and providing good protection for adults throughout', the testers say. 'But protection for child occupants was mixed: it proved fairly good for the older child but less so for the younger. Its ability to safeguard other vulnerable road users was judged to be reasonably good overall.'

Jaguar Hong Kong (tel: 2823 3212) has improved its used-car service in an effort to improve Big Cat resale values here, says its spokeswoman Ada Tsang. 'All vehicles are sold with a 90-day or more warranty on parts and labour, and there's a 90 per cent buy-back guarantee within 90 days from purchase, for trading- in any Jaguar new car,' she says. 'Vehicles are subject to a two-hour roadworthy-safety test, and an approved check-up report will be issued as proven compliance to the Transport Department's Car Testing Centre's standard.' Customers are also offered car evaluations and 24-hour roadside assistance 'to enjoy immediate professional advice and repairs anywhere, any time', Tsang says.