HENDERSON, Nevada — American Suzuki Motor Corp. was the first automaker to offer V-6 power in the burgeoning compact sport/utility vehicle (SUV) segment when it introduced the Grand Vitara in 1998. Now Suzuki again trumps the competition, saying its new 2001 Grand Vitara XL-7 will be the first small SUV to offer standard 7-passenger seating. That's right: seven persons in a compact SUV. But if the XL-7 qualifies as “small,” then it illustrates how perspectives have been skewed by a ...

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