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2015 Suzuki Celerio on-sale in March

Suzuki Australia has announced the 2015 Celerio will go on-sale in March after being pulled from launch in February due to two high-speed brake failures in the UK.

AFTER BEING withdrawn from the market on the eve of its Australian launch in early February 2015, following two high-speed brake failures on separate cars, while being tested by motoring journalists in the UK, Suzuki Australia has announced the Celerio micro car will now go on sale from March.

With no details of the initial fault and subsequent rectification in a media statement issued by Suzuki Australia, General Manager Andrew Moore said “The all new Celerio is the culmination of Suzuki engineers small car know how and represents outstanding value with automatic transmission Celerio from just $13,990 Drive Away. It is the first in a wave of new models set to spark a new era of growth for Suzuki.”

Replacing the Alto, the Celerio was recently awarded a four-star ANCAP safety rating with six airbags, ABS and ESC, plus Bluetooth hands-free with full audio streaming. It offers luggage capacity of 254L and fuel economy of just 4.8L per 100km with CVT Automatic

The Celerio is priced at $13,990 Drive Away including CVT automatic transmission and $12,990 for the manual transmission.

UPDATED: While Suzuki Australia was tight-lipped on the delayed launch of the Celerio, Suzuki UK has revealed the reason in a statement, saying the ‘fix’ takes just 30 minutes. Here’s what it said: “The Recall relates to a possible fault in the brake pedal release mechanism; a rectification by Suzuki Motor Corporation has been implemented and the shipment of modified brake components for customer vehicles have recently been issued to the dealer network. The rectification takes 30 minutes to complete and vehicles are already in the process of being returned to customers”.

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Mark Higgins

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