Suzuki Recalls 1.6 Diesel-Engined Cars Due to Excessive NOx Emissions

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Remember the story saying that the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) found that lots of diesel-engined cars had a problem with their exhaust gas recirculation system (EGR)? A week after, Japanese automaker Suzuki has reacted, promising to recall certain vehicles equipped with the 1.6 DDiS turbo diesel engine.
Following the 630,000-unit strong voluntary recalls from Audi, Volkswagen, Opel, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche, Suzuki jumps on the bandwagon with a yet undisclosed amount of cars. All we know is that Suzuki deemed necessary to do so because the 1.6 DDiS diesel engine is, in fact, a rebadged 1.6 MultiJet from Fiat.

The Fiat Group manufactures the 1.6-liter turbo diesel since 2006, making it a 10-year-old design. As fate would have it, Suzuki thought that it would be a great idea to shoehorn it under the hood of the fourth-generation Vitara compact SUV and second-generation SX4 S-Cross.

Because the Fiat-engined models fall short of the nitrous oxide emission requirements during real-world testing, it is believed that Fiat will pay Suzuki for the hassle of the voluntary recall affecting the Vitara and SX4 S-Cross. As is the case with the affected models of German origin, it hasn’t been alleged that Suzuki or any other manufacturer except for the Volkswagen Group has broken the legal requirements for emissions.

The KBA’s concern is how the EGR operates. More to the point, the exhaust gas recirculation system will shut down at certain temperatures to prolong the life of the parts involved, thus hiking the levels of nitrous oxide emitted into the atmosphere. Up to this point, the German Federal Motor Transport Authority prompted the voluntary recall of these models:

Audi A6 (29,000 units); Audi A8 (15,000 units); Audi Q5 (22,000 units); Opel Zafira (58,000 units), Opel Cascada (1,000 units); Opel Insignia (31,000 units); Mercedes A-Class and B-Class (211,000 units); Mercedes V-Class (36,000 units); Porsche Macan (32,000 units); Volkswagen Crafter (124,000); Volkswagen Amarok (70,000 units).
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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