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Suzuki, Jeep diesel models found to have broken European emissions rules – fix or face EU ban


Diesel variants of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Suzuki Vitara have been found to break EU emission rules and must be fixed, or both models will face a sales ban in Europe. This is according to the Dutch road authority (RDW), acting as the reference regulator for across the European Union, reported by Reuters.

The RDW said that Jeep has developed a software fix for the issue and that it had ordered the FCA brand to recall the Grand Cherokee across Europe to roll it out. It added Suzuki had yet to find a credible solution for the Vitara.

“Suzuki must come with adequate improvement measures or the RDW will begin the process of revoking its European type approval,” the RDW said in a statement, adding it had also started the process of revoking approval for the Jeep Grand Cherokee as a “precautionary measure.”

The RDW said it found that both the Grand Cherokee and Vitara had used “prohibited emissions strategies” that led the cars to emit higher levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) on the road than under testing conditions. This sounds like Volkswagen’s Dieselgate and indeed regulators worldwide have been testing diesel models since the German giant admitted in 2015 that it used illegal software to cheat US emissions tests.

Separately, Autocar India reports that Suzuki will remove the Jimny from its European range because the small 4×4 won’t meet new EU emission regulations slated to take effect from 2021. Carmakers must maintain a certain average C02 level across the fleet, and the Jimny apparently drags down the average too much for Suzuki.

Word is that there’s a loophole and the popular model will return to the continent as a “commercial vehicle” with no rear seats and small interior changes next year. CVs play by different rules.

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Suzuki Swift Sport Katana Edition coming to TAS 2020


Suzuki has announced its exhibits for the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon in early January 2020, which includes a modified version of the Swift Sport inspired by its returning and iconic motorcycle that the carmaker refers to as the Katana Edition.

Unlike the similarly-named model revealed earlier this year, the Katana Edition is more imposing in appearance thanks to a widebody kit with fender flares, side skirts and a prominent front splitter. The car also appears to be lowered thanks to a sportier suspension setup, with the stance made complete with a set of six-twin-spoke alloy wheels.

A unique touch here is the fitment of a new exhaust system with the outlets placed at the side of the vehicle, just ahead of the rear wheels. Other cues include red body graphics, a black roof and side mirror caps, while the lighting units appear to tinted black to further emphasise the car’s sportiness.

Joining the Swift Sport Katana Edition is the Hustler Street Base, which is apparently aimed at “young people who enjoy street sports such as BMX, skateboarding and dancing in the city.” Featuring a matte paintjob, the interior of the special Hustler is said to mimic a live venue with a number of lights and speakers.

A third exhibit is the fishing-themed Jimny Sierra Marine Style, whereby the SUV is fitted with cases on the exterior to hold fishing rods, while its interior features upholstery made from the same material found on wetsuits. The model will be accompanied by Suzuki’s S17 small boat that perfectly suits the theme of the Marine Style.

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