The Suzuki Cultus Crescent is a compact car that was produced by Suzuki in Japan between 1995 and 2002, with South Asian production continuing until 2007. The Cultus Crescent was sold as such in Japan until May 1998, when it was renamed Suzuki Cultus due to the sales discontinuation of the previous Cultus in the Japanese market. The Cultus Crescent was also marketed as the Suzuki Esteem in North America, and as the Suzuki Baleno (Japanese: スズキ・バレノ Suzuki Bareno) throughout Asia, Australasia, and Europe. In India where it was manufactured by Maruti Suzuki, the Cultus Crescent was sold as the Maruti Baleno. In the Philippines, it was marketed as the Chevrolet Cassia.
In popular culture
A US-spec Suzuki Esteem was featured in the 2015 AMC television series Better Call Saul, a spin-off of the popular AMC television series Breaking Bad; the main character, James Morgan “Jimmy” McGill, is prominently featured driving a substantially distressed 1998 model, with an engine that knocks, and a mismatched rear passenger door.