News round-up: Suzuki Swift upgrades, and Renault and Caterham split
* Suzuki Swift gets minor specification upgrades * Renault buys Caterham out of its Alpine agreement * Alpine restates intention to launch model in 2016...
The Suzuki Swift has been given a small series of upgrades for 2014. All models apart from the Swift Sport now offer LED daytime running lights and front foglights, while every version gets a gearshift indicator and a tyre-pressue monitor.
The top-level SZ4 trim also now comes with satellite-navigation and DAB digital radio as standard. The diesel version has also been dropped from the range, due to low sales. Suzuki will now only offer the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.6-litre Sport versions. Prices start at £10,799, but Suzuki is running a no-VAT offer, which reduces the starting price to £8999.
Renault and Caterham
Renault has bought Caterham's share of the Alpine car company, increasing its share to 100%. The buyout brings to an end the agreement signed in November 2012, under which the two companies were to develop a sports car to be launched in 2016. As a result, Alpine's name will change from Societe des Automobiles Alpine Caterham to Societe des Automobiles Alpine.