The new budget Suzuki Celerio model has been recalled from dealers, due to a brake failure issue discovered independently by two car magazines reviewing the new make.
The budget 1.0 litre, five-door hatchback was launched just days ago and new buyers have been told not to drive their Celerio. Owners will get an alternative replacement from their dealer while the issue is investigated and repairs or alterations carried out under warranty.
Suzuki’s statement on the issue (http://www.suzuki.co.uk/cars/about/news/celerio-statement-regarding-recall-campaign) explains that the company received calls from What Car? and Autocar magazines, with both experiencing brake pedal failure at high speeds. The issues occurred during performance testing on the cars that took place on closed roads. The recall affects all right-hand drive models in the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.
The car, made at Suzuki’s Indian plant, retails from £7,999 and is likely to receive a class seven or eight insurance rating, when confirmed. The Celerio straddles the class A city car market and class B supermini market thanks to its slightly larger size, compared to the predecessor Sukuki Alto, which is now being phased out. Sukuki was expecting some 6,000 UK sales in the Celerio’s first year, a figure that will now have to be revised, depending on the delay for investigation into the braking issue and repairs.
Once confidence has been restored, buyers can expect an attractive line-up of features across the range, including
low CO2 emissions – making it road tax exempt. Under the hood are options for a clutchless auto gearbox and fuel efficient Dualjet engine. Inside, there’s air conditioning, Bluetooth data connection, a CD player with DAB radio, stereo speakers, computer display, multiple airbags and remote locking. The five door car comes with 254 litres of boot capacity, so it can handle light family loads. Options include alloy wheels, matching body colour door mirrors, electric door mirrors, front fog lights, improved quad speaker systems, passenger electric windows and seatback pockets.
Thankfully, the testing caught this issue early, before an accident could take place on an open road, which could have led to far more bad publicity and potential liability issues for the company.
Just as well the Suzuki was not a popular choice for driving instructors.