The Suzuki mini truck is a KEI truck which is produced by the Japanese automobile company Suzuki. The micro van version was originally called the Carry van until the year 1982. America, the Carry is called as KEI cars which had a longer hood for safety purposes and a larger 1.3-liter 86 hp (63 kW) four-tier cylinder engine. They have been sold under a myriad with the different names in several different countries and holds the distinction of being the only car ever offered both with badges of Chevrolet and Ford.
The first two generations of Carry’s were sold with the Suzulight hallmark rather than the company name Suzuki, which emphasize their focus more on “Light Cars” which is better known as KEI jidosha.
The Carry series was manufactured in the month of October 1961 with the FB Suzulight Carry, which is a pickup truck with the engine underneath the front seat but with a short bonnet in the front. The layout has been mainly referred to as a “semi-cab over”. FB suspension was rigid with the springs of leaf, at both the front and rear. A panel van (FBC) was also available from the month of July 1962.
Second generation (L 20)
In June 1965 the re-bodied L20 Suzulight Carry replaced the FB. The ladder-frame chassis was modified, now with independently sprung front wheels. While the output remained upto the 21 hp, the engine benefitted from Suzuki’s patented is CCI lubrication system. The Carry Van was replaced by the new L20V in January 1966, and there was also a drop side pickup facility.
Finally, there was the L20H, a pickup with a canvas canopy and a rear-facing seat placed in the bed, providing seating for four. Top speed for the second generation was down to 75 km/h. The Carry Van had a horizontally which is divided into two-piece tailgate, and sliding rear windows.
Third generation (L 30)
The new L 30 Suzuki Carry was a full cab-over the design, with the same FB engine mounted horizontally underneath the area of load. The starter and generator were combined and mounted directly on the front of the crankshaft which has been introduced in the month of February1966, the L 30 was built along with its more traditional predecessor until they were both replaced by the L 40.
A canopied L 30 H, which is just similar to the L 20 H but with the seats in the bed facing each other, was available right away from the starting. There was also an L 31, with a drop-side bed. Mechanics and performance were very much similar to its bonnet sister, but the load area was considerably more larger. Maximum load capacity was still 350 kg (770 lb).
Fourth generation (L 40)
In July 1969 the Giugiaro designed L40 Carry which was introduced in the month of November of the same year, a van version with two opening side doors and a top-hinged rear gate was added. Giugiaro’s design was more obvious in the Carry Van iteration, very symmetrical with similar looks at both the rear and front.
The L40’s design was not overly utilitarian, limiting interior space and being a bit too modern for the usually very orthodox Japanese commercial customer base. However, the L40 did benefit from an updated, 25 PS (18 kW) reed valve version of the now venerable FB engine. Dimensions, dictated by KEI jidosha regulations, which were remained as 2,990 mm × 1,295 mm (117.7 in × 51.0 in) and 359 cc (21.9 cu in). Max load was around 350 kg (770 lb) only for the truck, and around 300 kg (660 lb) for the van versions. Top speed increased considerably up to 95 km per hour (59 mph).
The advantages of Suzuki Mini truck:
- The suspension of the truck is fine tuned to provide a smooth and better driving experience than any other truck.
- The five-speed automatic transmission is reliable and offers a smooth driving experience.
- The Suspension model has a special off-road package that enables enthusiastic drivers to enjoy a complete driving experience.
- The interiors of the truck is comfortable and luxurious. It is also very pleasant and insulated. When you sit inside the cabin, you are cocooned in utmost comfort and you are blessed with a smooth and noiseless ride.