Suzuki Celerio sales halted following brake failure during Autocar tests

Ivan Leon

Expert Member
May 27, 2008
Suzuki Celerio sales have been suspended in the UK and Republic of Ireland with immediate effect, and all customers advised not to drive their cars, after two test vehicles suffered total brake failure during controlled tests by Autocar and What Car?.

The cause of the loss of braking power - which occurred during 80mph braking tests at Millbrook Proving Ground - is currently being investigated by both Suzuki GB and representatives from Suzuki Motor Corporation in Japan, who flew to the UK following initial investigations in to the incidents.

A Suzuki GB statement said: "With reference to the condition experienced when carrying out an emergency braking test by a journalist from Autocar magazine on January 30, Suzuki is carrying out an immediate investigation into the cause of this condition."

"The condition was experienced during an emergency brake test from very high speed and relates to retraction of the brake pedal."

As a result, the Suzuki Celerio has now been taken off sale in the UK. All dealers have been instructed not to conduct test drives and owners are being contacted and advised not to drive their cars.

Affected owners will be given courtesy cars until the issue is rectified.

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Honorary Master
Aug 7, 2003
Excellent response by Suzuki factory. Engineers sent. Free loaners to owners.