Suzuki Baleno Wagon Profile

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Suzuki Baleno Wagon General Information

The only estate kit car ever!

Baleno, a short lived Suzuki name. It was the successor to the Cultus and the predecessor to the Swift. Funny in this is that the Cultus was already called Swift in Europe, but Europe also had the Baleno, so to say swiftly sold between Swift and Swift. In North America the Baleno is known as the Esteem, however here sold mainly as a "Sedan", while the later Swift was never available as anything else but a compact hatchback, irrespectable of the market. Which makes the Baleno on road and rally maybe the more interesting: A Baleno hatchback is indeed comparable to the Swift in size and class, but the Baleno "Wagon" is really a grown up car, over 4 metres long and a wheel base that is exactly 100mm longer than that of the Baleno hatchback.

A surprising rally car, but not in its results, more in the car itself. To be fair, the Baleno never had much chance to shine. Suzuki team boss Monster Tajima was driving the car himself and only on a few rather rare occasions. It all seemed to be just for a bit of fun. The surprise was that Tajima choose the estate version of this car, when a Baleno hatchback version of far more perfect size for this program was available. Maybe the longer wheelbase was an advantage. And well, there was a curiosity effect, which is not a bad idea for marketing. And yes, indeed this was an F2 kit car, however more in terms of engine and suspension rather than body panels.

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Suzuki Baleno Wagon Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Suzuki Baleno Wagon KC (97-99) 265/8500 256/6800 4345.1690.1390 1000 (3.8) FWD (2480)

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Suzuki Baleno Wagon Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
29th. 1998 WRC Rally New Zealand M. Tajima G. McNeall #30 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
27th. 1998 WRC Rally Australia (WA) M. Tajima G. McNeall #23 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
20th. 1997 WRC Rally New Zealand M. Tajima R. Runnalls #17 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1997 WRC Rally of Indonesia M. Tajima G. McNeall #26 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Suzuki Baleno Wagon Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1999 WRC China Rally M. Tajima . UNKNOWN #25 [UNKNOWN] SS4 crash
Ret. 1997 WRC Rally Australia (WA) M. Tajima C. Parker #21 [UNKNOWN] SS8 engine
Ret. 1996 WRC Rally Australia (WA) M. Tajima R. Runnalls #22 [UNKNOWN] SS20 electrics