American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) announced July 31 it will start its "Zero, Zero & 7" program -- a zero down payment, zero percent financing offer combined with a new 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty effective Aug. 1, 2002. Suzuki claims the "Zero, Zero" finance offer is the best in the industry offering zero down payment, zero percent financing up to five years on all Suzuki 2002/2003 models. The warranty coverage is seven years or 100,000 miles -- whichever comes first. Suzuki says its warranty has no deductibles, and is transferable from owner-to-owner, which boosts resale and trade-in values. "Suzuki provides a smart buy for savvy customers," said American Suzuki president Rick Suzuki. "Some automakers provide good finance offers and others offer good warranties, but Suzuki offers smart customers both a great finance offer and a solid warranty. The best part about Suzuki's warranty program is that it's transferable, which means our buyers can enjoy better resale value. This underscores the corporation's confidence in our vehicles' quality." The new program is offered on all 2002 and 2003 Suzuki models, including the Suzuki XL-7, Grand Vitara and Vitara sport-utility vehicles, Aerio, Aerio SX and Esteem car models. According to the company, the 7-year/100,000-mile warranty is part of Suzuki's "Open Road Promise," a new three-tiered program designed to strengthen Suzuki's customer satisfaction and bolster consumer confidence in the Suzuki line. Other "Open Road Promise" elements include the 24-hour, 365-a-day Roadside Assistance Program and the Warranty Repair Courtesy Vehicle Program which provides a courtesy rental vehicle through Enterprise-Rent-A-Car. About ASMC The Automotive Division of American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC), Brea, was founded in 1985 by Suzuki Motor Corp. (SMC). ASMC markets automobiles in the United States through a network of 430 automotive dealerships in 49 states. SMC, based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide automobile manufacturer. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has 120 distributors in 191 countries.