Suzuki halted sales of the Celerio in the UK, after the model experienced brake failure twice during tests by Britain’s Autocar magazine. The budget car was recently launched in South Africa and local representatives from the brand have confirmed that models sold in our market are unaffected. The units we receive are manufactured at the Maruti Suzuki plant in India, while the UK versions are produced in Thailand. The models use different brake master cylinders.
As part of their testing process, Autocar put the vehicle through its paces at the Millbrook Proving Ground. The Suzuki Celerio was put through the customary emergency braking test at 130km/h. According to the publication, all stopping power was immediately lost upon application of the brakes. “The brake pedal became stuck in the fully depressed position and had no effect on the Suzuki’s speed. No braking effort could be exerted by forcing the pedal up and reapplying it,” wrote journalist Lewis Kingston in an article this week.
The car was collected by Suzuki for inspection and a second model was delivered. The failure repeated itself. Suzuki suspended sales and owners were instructed not to drive their vehicles. According to Autocar, owners have been given courtesy cars until the issue is rectified.