Suzuki has become the latest car manufacturer to offer voluntary recall for the cars affected due to an investigation in the aftermath of the emission cheating scandal that shook the industry worldwide. The Japanese company announced yesterday that Fiat-sourced 1engines have fell short of the emission regulations when the German government set out a probe regarding the ongoing emission debacle.
Suzuki has made it clear that the range of models affected is equipped with the engines sourced from the Italian auto maker and engine supplier Fiat. In order to mend the issues, the recall campaign will be conducted free of cost for owners. The investigators from Germany have also found that many auto makers have failed to meet the standards set which include Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, Opel and Volkswagen with more expected to follow.
More than 630,000 diesel powered cars from these five manufacturers are recalled in Germany with the first being Audi and Opel/Vauxhall to announce the voluntary updates for all affected vehicles currently running on the European soil. The investigators discovered excessive NOx emission levels due to the pollution reduction systems used were found to be good enough only at certain temperatures.
The engine that prompted recall on the Suzuki Vitara is the diesel unit sourced from Fiat. The 1.6 litre DDiS D16AA motor has the ability to produce a maximum power output of 118 BHP at 3,750 rpm and a peak torque of 320 Nm delivered from 1,750 rpm. Fiat has used a new EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system and an electronically controlled VGT (Variable Geometry Turbocharger) to generate the rated power whilst tuning them to comply with the stringent Euro 6 emission standards on which the BS VI, about to be introduced in India by the end of this decade, is based on.
The 1598 cc diesel mill has bore-stroke at 79.5 × 80.5 mm and has double overhead camshaft (DOHC) setup. There are four valves per cylinder making it a 16V engine with wet sump lubrication system. It is coupled with a six-speed manual transmission only sending power to either front or all four wheels. Suzuki claimed CO2 emission figures of 106 g/km with two-wheel drive / six-speed manual transmission and 111 g/km with four-wheel drive / six-speed manual.