Suzuki celebrates 50 years of experience and development of 4×4 drive




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50 years after his birth, the all-wheel drive of Suzuki is more current than ever and is one of the pillars of the brand. Through five decades of constant evolution, the current AllGrip drive has known adapt to different types of car and has reached five segments (compact, urban, off-road, SUV and Crossover) and all Suzuki models sold in Spain: Swift, Ignis, Jimny, Vitara and S-Cross. Thanks to this, Suzuki has brought 4×4 traction to all audiences and at a reasonable price. In fact, the Suzuki Swift 1.2L 4×4 Mild Hybrid (unique in its segment) and Ignis 1.2L 4×4 Mild Hybrid are the two most accessible all-wheel drive models of those sold in the Spanish market.

Suzuki’s commitment to all-wheel drive began in the late 60s of the last century, when the need to create a small, efficient, simple and light SUV was observed. In 1970 the Suzuki LJ10 Jimny was presented, which measured less than three meters in length, weighed only 600 kg, had 3 seats and had a 2-stroke engine of 360 cm3 and 25 HP. These dimensions and dimensions, together with an all-wheel-drive system that can be connected with a reduction gear and the rigid double axle, made it an efficient off-road vehicle. He could climb trialeras, enter deep forests and advance through narrow paths without disheveled.

The success of the first Jimny was immediate and during the 70s it evolved, gaining power and capacity. The world needed Jimny and exports began with the arrival of better benefits. More powerful engines and three bodies arrived: open, closed and pickup.

The 80s, another myth is born: the Vitara

Suzuki was ahead of its time in introducing the Vitara at the 1988 Tokyo Motor Show, creating a car that laid the foundation for the SUV concept that is so fashionable today. This visionary model brought all-wheel drive to a new type of car, more comfortable, friendly and efficient in the city and on the road than conventional SUVs.

The Suzuki Vitara has four-wheel drive in its genes and throughout its three decades of life it has remained faithful to the original idea. Today it is the only SUV in its class that has a true four-wheel drive system and offers a true 4×4 spirit.

In the eighties (1981) also came the second generation of the Jimny, the SJ 410, with a more current style, the same light and efficient philosophy, and an eye toward export. In 1983 the SJ 413 was launched, already with a 1.3-liter engine, 5-speed gearbox and an improved interior that established the brand in new markets. This model began to be produced under license in Spain from 1985. In 1988 the Samurai appeared, with wider tracks and better behavior; and soon after, the Long Body, with 58 centimeters more in length.

90s, unprecedented success of the Vitara

In the 90s the Vitara exceeded all expectations for sales worldwide. Throughout its history, more than 3 million units of this car have been marketed, marketed in 190 countries and five continents, and manufactured in three.

The range is expanding and in 1991 the 4-meter, five-door long body was launched. New engines such as the 1.6i 16-valve 97 hp or the 2.5-liter V6 improve its capabilities and comfort. The 1.9TD engine arrived in Europe in 1996. Production of this generation of the Vitara would take five years.

The year 1998 was very important for the Suzuki 4×4 range, because two new models were presented: Grand Vitara and Jimny. The former brought a sleeker design and greater interior capacity, while keeping Suzuki’s 4×4 heritage intact with its separate chassis, pluggable traction and capable suspensions. The third-generation Jimny had spring suspension, which increased the wheel travel compared to the previous SJ; and it had a connectable traction system in motion. Jimny’s successful design allowed it to be on the market for 20 years, with slight updates, until 2018.

2000s, all-wheel drive crossovers arrive

Suzuki perfected the original concept with the second generation of the Grand Vitara, launched in 2005. With a sportier and more attractive design, it was offered with an extensive range of engines and a connectable 4×4 drive system with different driving modes.

In 2003 Suzuki innovates once again presenting a 4×4 version of the small Ignis crossover. Crossovers take hold in the Suzuki range with the launch of the SX4 in 2005. All-wheel drive also extends to other types of cars, and in 2009 a saloon like the Suzuki Kizashi also benefits from this technology.

Decade of 2010: total commitment to 4x4s

In this decade a new generation of the Vitara is born, which remains faithful to the original spirit and all-wheel drive. There is also a new generation of the pure SUV: the Jimny; and the Ignis, S-Cross and Swift, which becomes the only all-wheel drive model in the B segment.

Suzuki’s 4×4 drive systems are grouped under the name All Grip and three variants of this system are created to better adapt to different lifestyles and types of cars. The Suzuki Ignis and Swift assemble the simple and efficient All Grip AUTO system. The Vitara and S-Cros have the All Grip SELECT, which allows you to select through a command between four programs: Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock. And the Jimny SUV boasts the All Grip PRO with reducer.


Celtas Cortos celebrates its ‘April 20’ by fighting the coronavirus

April 20, 90. Hello, flat, how are you? Are you surprised that I write to you? So long is normal. If thirty years ago, the Celts Cortos remembered the magnificent night in the Turmo cabin, this April 20 they yearn for even more laughter with friends from confinement in their homes. On the anniversary of the greatest of their successes, the song ‘April 20, 90’, and with the most latent melancholy than ever, the group born in Valladolid has done everything possible to avoid feeling alone this time.

Music did not tire them then and neither does it now. “It’s the fuel,” explains the guitar and voice of the group, Jesús Cifuentes, who looks back two months ago and longs for road trips and getting on stage. “Those of us who are intoxicated by music and dedicate ourselves to this without it cannot continue”. With a bit of reality and another of fiction, the memories of a young man who had emigrated to work fell on what is now a success in Spanish music. “I found good friends, but I was still somehow offshored from all my usual crew.” The night came to mind in the cabin with his friends, in the Huesca Pyrenees, and the rest is history.

From the most intimate creativity as a product of the artist’s feeling of longing, the song “flew by itself, free” and its owners became all those who listened to it. Even more in this April 20 framed in the Covid-19 crisis, when Celtas Cortos is going to relaunch the theme with the collaboration of a wide group of artists and of essential workers who these days face the pandemic. The proceeds will go to the organization Médicos Sin Fronteras.

From the private studios of their houses, the members of the group have re-recorded their greatest hit along with artists of the stature of Mikel Izal, Rozalén, Amaral, Carlos Tarque, Ska-P, Sidonie, La Pegatina, Repeat Offenders or Misleading, among others. In addition to these familiar faces, others will appear: those of hospital workers, the Red Cross, police officers, farmers and ranchers, supermarket and tobacconist employees, in short, to “give visibility to those on the front line”.

Planet brotherhood

“What we have considered doing is rowing all in the same direction to help each other and make the brotherhood of the planet bigger,” confesses Cifuentes, who defends culture as “an open window to confinement.” «Even if it’s from the confinement, a book or a song opens your mind and transports you, makes you travel and lets you breathe. Without culture we do not work, culture is the breath of humanity ».

More necessary than ever, the cultural sector is experiencing a deep crisis with an uncertain future that affects the first to the last of its links. “We were left lying in a gutter,” regrets Cifuentes, explaining that much of the union is left without its main source of income due to confinement. “Also, we will be the last in line to return to the beach bar, if we are able to open it.”


The RAE celebrates the first virtual plenary session in its history



The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) is celebrating today the first virtual plenary session in its history. Given the extension of the confinement measures due to the state of alarm caused by the coronavirus-, the highest representative body of the corporation, made up of all the academics of number, resumes its activity telematically under the chairmanship of its director, Santiago Muñoz Machado.

Since last March 12 the coronavirus crisis had forced the Governing Board of the institution to suspend the plenary sessions of the RAE, held every Thursday of the academic year at the headquarters of Calle Felipe IV in Madrid. Never before had its plenary sessions been canceled for health reasons, although it did close its doors for political reasons during the Napoleonic invasion, the Second Republic and the Civil War.

However, the work of the Academy has not stopped, since both employees and academics have continued with their usual tasks, from their homes. Furthermore, the institution has adapted and strengthened the online services it offers to Spanish-speakers, especially dictionary queries (the DLE received 84 million visits last month, 20 million more than in February), corpus, databases and other resources, as well as the language consultation service, which is used by thousands of people via Twitter and which has resolved more than 9,000 questions during the quarantine.

Today’s plenary session, although virtual, will maintain the tricentennial tradition and everything will be carried out in the usual way, with one exception: the academics will not be sitting at the representative oval table, whose design is attributed to the playwright Eugenio Hartzenbusch, since it would contravene the health safety recommendations. On this occasion, the meeting will take place simultaneously in the homes of the members of the number, who can see each other’s faces using the computer.

The Academy continues to work on all its works. One of the main objectives of this plenary session is to plan the activity of the RAE in the face of this new situation, including the work of the Dictionary of the Spanish language (DLE); the situation of the historical dictionary, which has just been expanded with 704 new articles; tackle a new edition of the Pan-Hispanic Dictionary of doubts, as well as the work of the Pan-Hispanic Dictionary of legal Spanish, which is expected to be presented next June.

In addition, all the Academy’s commissions will be established at full capacity through this virtual method starting next week, and the plenary sessions will be held every Thursday electronically until further orders.

Through these tools, the courses and workshops developed by the Academy are being organized, such as the course of the School of Hispanic Lexicography. The RAE is also taking advantage to further strengthen the digital communication strategy, with various initiatives aimed at alleviating as much as possible the confinement of its followers on social channels. Next week, a compilation of the “Comedians of the Language” will be released, in scoop, a trip of ten readings in life with the word as the main protagonist. This project of the RAE, directed by the academic, actor and theater director José Luis Gómez, was carried out physically on the occasion of the commemoration of the III Centenary of the institution in 2014, but so far this material has not been disseminated on the Internet. The Academy website It will house the ten videos, in which renowned actors appear reading classic texts, always accompanied by an academic.


South Korea holds general election despite coronavirus

. The coronavirus does not stop South Korean democracy. Unlike. Despite the fact that the risk remains, on Friday the Asian country held a general election that, with the highest participation in the last 28 years -66.2% -, served to demonstrate two things: that South Korea is one of the countries that have best managed the Covid-19 epidemic, and that their population trust the president, Moon Jae-in. Because citizens went to their polls with strict security measures, and waiting for the official results to confirm this today, they gave the Moon Democratic Party a large majority in Parliament –170 of the 300 seats at closing of this edition–, the first to achieve training in 16 years.

This success is largely due to two factors: the role Moon has played in the closer than the US and North Korea They have starred since 2018, and it has brought relative calm to the region even as hopes for a more lasting peace have faded. The second is the management of the coronavirus, which has been characterized by an exhaustive testing of the population, as well as a tight control of the infected, and selective quarantines that have allowed the country to continue with economic activity. The president’s main opponent, Party for a Future United leader Hwang Kyo-ahn, did not wait for the end of the count to announce his resignation at the stroke of midnight.

No surprises

The result had already been predicted by numerous pollsSo the interest was in the participation data as well as in the measures taken to avoid contagion among voters, fearful that the event could reactivate the epidemic. The most striking was that quarantined citizens were allowed to go to the polling stations to deposit their ballots. But they could only do so after prior registration – of almost 60,000 people, only 13,600 requested it – at certain ballot boxes, and from 6:00 p.m., after the end of the period for the rest to vote. They were allowed to leave their homes after 5:20 p.m. and were ordered to avoid public transportation to go to the designated place.

In addition, all voters had to go to cast their vote protected with a mask, disinfect your hands before putting them on in disposable plastic glovesKeep at least a meter away from each other and pass temperature controls. Those who passed 37.5 degrees were unable to participate in the elections and were tested for the coronavirus, although authorities did not make public the number of voters with fever.

What they did announce is that the number of new infections of coronavirus remains stable – about 30 daily have been registered in the last week – and that 75% of the 10,600 infected have already received a medical discharge.


COLEF Asturias celebrates with you the World Day of Physical Activity

Today, April 6, the World Day of Physical Activity is celebrated all over the planet, from home. From the Official College of Graduates in Physical Education and Physical Activity and Sports Sciences of Asturias (COLEF Asturias) remember that it is very important that these days of confinement avoid sedentariness, in addition to avoiding spending more than an hour sitting, reducing the time in front of the screens – television, computer, etc. – and, in addition, increasing daily physical activity. For this reason, they encourage all Asturians to find a space in their homes where they can improvise a gym, choose a moment a day and, alone or with their family, carry out physical activities appropriate to the physical condition and state of health of each one. Getting started is essential.

Teleworking and the fact of not being able to attend educational and sports centers can increase downtime, therefore it is necessary to include conscious actions in the day to day to avoid it. For example, from COLEF Asturias they recommend setting an alarm and from time to time moving around the home; Perform regular routines to break a sedentary lifestyle or try to include times when you work standing and not sitting.

These days of confinement are a good time to perform muscular strength exercise, since physical inactivity causes muscle mass to be lost – sarcopenia. This training can include a wide variety of exercises with your own body weight, using objects such as cushions and bottles of water and without having to leave the house (squats, push-ups on the wall, irons …). As they point out, for older people, strength exercise is even more important, as this prevents frailty and prevents falls.

If anyone has any questions about training at home, they can contact a collegiate sports physical educator. You should look for them on the website, where you can also see the videos that COLEF Asturias have designed especially for each person. Likewise, it is important to remember that, under normal conditions, physical exercise must be directly directed and supervised by a professional so that it is carried out safely and healthily.

Varied routines

Another tip that professionals in Physical Education offer is to give variety to sports routines. Performing physical exercise as a family through motor games will cover fundamental needs in children and adults, such as the need for movement, accompaniment and emotional well-being, which are currently essential for a good coexistence as well. It should not be forgotten that Physical Education is very important at all stages of life.

Physical exercise helps improve the immune system, but it is important to know that it is contraindicated if you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath. In addition, intense or vigorous physical exercise is not recommended, especially if you are not used to it. Aerobic activities such as walking fast, dancing to our favorite music or following the COLEF Asturias videos should be included in each training. Joint mobility and flexibility must also be worked on, as well as maintaining good hydration.

COLEF Asturias and the General Directorate of Sports have launched a campaign to promote this sport at home. They are # MuéveteEnCasa and #ActivaAsturias, and can be followed at and Right now, getting around is a first-rate need, and health will thank you. And, above all, professionals in Physical and Sports Education must be trusted.


China celebrates national day of mourning on Saturday

China has declared an official day of mourning for this Saturday. Coinciding with the celebration of the Qingming festival, similar to All Saints, the country will dawn with the flags at half-staff. At ten in the morning, its citizens will keep three minutes of silence that will be broken by the deafening sound of anti-aircraft sirens. The horns of vehicles and the horns of boats and trains will also be added. The Asian giant wants to pay tribute to the 3,322 deaths from the coronavirus, whom the official Xinhua news agency refers to as “martyrs.”

However, Wuhan, epicenter of the pandemic, will experience its saddest Qingming. Because those close to the dead will not be able to go to cemeteries to sweep the graves, as tradition dictates. Although the capital of Hubei is recovering normality, before allowing the free movement of its residents, next Wednesday, the restrictions on the congregation of people remain in place. Some in the city complain that they have been unable to properly honor their loved ones because of the hasty manner in which their cremation has been decreed, although the ‘South China Morning Post’ collects the testimony of a woman who claims they have received 3,000 yuan (400 euros) in compensation.

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In any case, the Government recommends using different mobile applications to pay virtual homage to loved ones. Cemeteries have been built throughout the country, although each city establishes its own rules, and many do allow physical access. In Shanghai, for example, family members will be able to visit graves and niches in small numbers and with prior online registration. From March 28 and until the next day 12, 685,000 people will visit the 54 cemeteries of the economic capital of China. Of course, they must come protected by masks and gloves, record their body temperature and provide their mobile phone so that the authorities can contact them in case any contagion is detected.

Thirty-one new infections

In this regard, China reported on Friday that 31 new SARS-CoV-2 infections were detected on Thursday. Twenty-nine of them were imported from other countries, and the two locations were registered in the provinces of Liaoning – northeast – and Guangdong – southeast. The number of deceased increased by four people. They are, without a doubt, hopeful numbers, and epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan is convinced that the country could claim victory in the first battle against the coronavirus later this month. For her part, the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying, assured that the Asian giant is being transparent and has dismissed as “rascals and immoral” the accusations of having lied in the official figures released by the United States.


Sport celebrates IOC decision

The sports world celebrated yesterday the postponement of the Games and agreed that it was a necessary and fundamental decision for the proper development of the competitions. Tokyo expects the best of them in 2021.

Alejandro Blanco | COE
“You cannot compete without the same conditions”

The president of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), Alejandro Blanco, assured that the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games until 2021 is “good for Spanish athletes because it ends with the uncertainty felt by the entire Olympic family. You cannot compete if you do not have the same conditions to train and our athletes do not have these conditions. After the decision, when the Olympic Games are held, the athletes will go in the same conditions as the others and that is a sure sign of success, “said Blanco.

Raúl Chapado | RFEA
“The wish of the athletes becomes official”

The Spanish Athletics Federation applauded the decision to postpone the Games until 2021, since it considers that it makes “the desire of athletes and federations” official. Through a statement, the RFEA recalled that on March 21 it had already expressed “publicly its desire to postpone Tokyo 2020 by attending to the majority voice of Spanish athletes, thus becoming the first Spanish federation that was clearly in favor of a postponement ».

J. M. Rodríguez Uribes | Minister
“It was the only decision that could be made”

The Minister of Culture and Sports, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, assured that the postponement of the Games “was the only decision that would fit under the circumstances.” Through his official Twitter profile, Rodríguez Uribes stressed that the transfer to 2021 of the Olympic event that Japan should host this summer is “one more consequence of this serious global pandemic” by Covid19. «Our athletes have been and are up to the task, as always. I want to thank them for their greatness and their example, “he concluded.

Sandra Sánchez | Karateka
“We have one more year to continue improving”

“We have one more year to continue improving”, was the hopeful message from Sandra Sánchez, 38, who has been without a podium in international competitions since January 2015, hanging 51 consecutive medals, and with a fixed place in the national team. Spanish karate.

Saúl Craviotto | Canoeist
«I am going to last one more year and with extra motivation»

Craviotto was to be the Spanish flag bearer in Tokyo.
Craviotto was to be the Spanish flag bearer in Tokyo.

The canoeist Saúl Craviotto, who was facing the challenge of adding a new medal in Tokyo, acknowledges that “it was expected that they would be postponed for a year because with the evolution of the virus it was not a guarantee to do them in the autumn either. It is the most reasonable and sensible ». At 35, Craviotto is clear that «I am going to hold on for one more year, with extra motivation. Now we have to reset, change the chip, re-set goals, plan for next year.

Lydia Valentin | Weightlifting
“All athletes needed this news”

Lydia Valentín celebrates the bronze medal obtained in the Rio Games.
Lydia Valentín celebrates the bronze medal obtained in the Rio Games. / efe

The triple Olympic medalist Lydia Valentín affirmed that “it is the best decision, I think that the athletes needed to know this news to prepare ourselves. Many were not training and those of us who are doing it cannot do it as always, with maximum performance, ”he added in a video broadcast to the media.

Teresa Perales | Swimming
“There were several options and it is the most appropriate”

Paralympic swimmer Teresa Perales agreed with the decision of the postponement, which of course also affects the Paralympic Games, as she considers it “the most appropriate”. “In the beginning there were several options. One ruled out was the cancellation, another was to do it in September and the last one to delay them. And it seems to me the most appropriate », he declared.

Bruno Hortelano | Athletics
“Now the important thing is the health of humanity”

The Spanish sprinter, who had given up the winter season to prepare for Tokyo, considers that “it is the best possible option, right now what was really important was not sports, but the health of all humanity”.

Silvia Navarro | Handball
“Maybe now you can release the calendar a little”

The captain of the Spanish women’s handball team, Silvia Navarro, assured that the decision is “the most correct one could take.” In this sense, the goalkeeper also applied for a relocation of the Olympic qualification tournament that the Spanish team would have to play in June. “Same now the calendar is released a little, so perhaps you could leave the Olympic for a little later,” he wished.

Eliud Kipchoge | Athletics
“I am already eager to go to Japan to defend my title”

Kipchoge took the Rio marathon, and will try it in Tokyo in 2021.
Kipchoge took the Rio marathon, and will try it in Tokyo in 2021. / afp

Kenya’s 2016 Olympic champion and marathon world record Eliud Kipchoge called the postponement “to 2021” a very wise decision. I can’t wait to return to Japan to defend my Olympic title next year, “said Kipchoge, who He was going to be the protagonist of one of the great duels of the Games when he met Kenenisa Bekele in the marathon.

David Martín | Water polo
“Now we will have the same options as the others”

The Spanish coach of the Spanish men’s water polo team, David Martín, assured that it is “the right decision” and that it helps his team to regain calm. “Honestly, we have the peace of mind knowing that next year we will have the same options. Uncertainty is over, especially for athletes who were quite nervous.

Katie Ledecky | Swimming
“It is time to support those who heal the sick”

Ledecky took four gold medals in Rio.
Ledecky took four gold medals in Rio. / reuters

The great American swimmer explained that “as we come together to face today’s challenges, we can dream of wonderful Games in a beautiful country. Now is the time to support all those who work to heal the sick.

Greg Van Avermaet | Cycling
“It will be an honor to keep the golden bands until 2021”

Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet admitted that it will be “an honor to continue wearing the golden bands” as Olympic cycling champion, although he regrets not being able to defend the title next summer in Tokyo 2020. “Obviously the postponement is disappointing, as It was a great goal for me this year, but I fully support the decision, as it is clear at a time like this that health and safety are the highest priority, ”declared the Olympic champion in Rio’2016.

Ana Peleteiro | Athletics
«I see it as an option to get better prepared»

Ana Peleteiro considered that in the face of the Covid19 pandemic “it doesn’t hurt a bit to have to postpone everything 365 days”, even if it means delaying her debut in some Games. “This change could provoke a feeling of frustration in me, but I prefer to bring it to hope and see this situation as an opportunity to arrive better prepared and more mature.”

Robert Hartling | Athletics
“For many athletes it may be the end of their career”

Robert Harting (Germany), the Olympic discus thrower champion in London’12, was the most critical in his remarks. «It is a catastrophe for the Olympic athletes. The postponement of the Eurocup and that of the Games cannot be compared. Footballers earn almost the same sum throughout the season, athletes from individual disciplines win against essential ways when there are big events. With the postponement of the Games, that is lost. For many athletes, this can mean the end of a race.

Teddy Riner | Judo
“We have a more important fight to win”

French Teddy Riner, double Olympic champion and an entire institution in the world of judo, left this message: “Tokyo, see you in 2021. We have a more important fight to win before.”


The OSE cancels its concert on the 18th in Vitoria and studies whether it celebrates those in Donostia, Bilbao and Pamplona

The Euskadi Orchestra He has canceled his concert on March 18 in Vitoria, while he studies whether or not he celebrates those scheduled within his subscription season in Pamplona, ​​Bilbao and San Sebastián for the same week.

The Basque symphony has announced this Wednesday in a statement that it has adopted this decision “following official instructions” regarding “the management of containment and prevention of the coronavirus.”

This is the seventh subscription program of the season, in which under the direction of the Israeli Pinchas Steinberg, the OSE was going to perform Beethoven’s Symphony number 8 and Berlioz’s Fantastic Symphony.

The Basque orchestra adds that, “today”, it is “analyzing the situation” with regard to the celebration or not of the concerts planned for Pamplona, ​​on March 16; San Sebastián, on the 17th and 20th, and Bilbao, on the 21st.