Recall Alert: 2006-11 Suzuki Grand Vitara, 2007-11 SX4

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 193,936 model-year 2006-11 versions of the Grand Vitara SUV and 2007-11 SX4 compact cars.

The Problem: Over time, the occupant classification sensor mat installed in the front passenger seat may fail due to repeated flexing of the mat from seat use; during a crash necessitating deployment, the airbag will deploy regardless of whether the front-seat occupant is an adult or a child, increasing the risk of an injury.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the front passenger seat cushion assembly, which includes the affected sensor mat, for free. Vehicles that previously had a countermeasure occupant classification system sensor mat installed under the special coverage campaign conducted by Suzuki distributors in the U.S. are not affected by the recall.

What Owners Should Do: Sufficient quantities of parts are not currently available to repair all affected vehicles, so the automaker will begin notifying owners in October and then make a second notification when parts are available. Owners can call Suzuki at 714-996-7040 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

Suzuki Demand Rises After Bankruptcy Announcement

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We’ll take shameless credit. Following Suzuki's bankruptcy announcement of its U.S. arm, shoppers are responding to our endorsement of the nimble Kizashi. Or maybe all that Christmas eggnog is going to our heads. Still, Bloomberg News reports Suzuki is sending around 2,500 more cars here to meet demand, which surged after the Nov. 5 announcement. Sales in November increased 22.1%, and Suzuki dealers report strong December figures, too.

But it's too little, too late. Suzuki restructuring officer M. Freddie Reiss told Bloomberg the automaker will sell only about 22,000 cars in the U.S. this year. Seven in 10 Suzuki dealers sell fewer than five cars a month. Compare that to 2006 and 2007, when a slate of small cars plus the Chevrolet Equinox-related XL7 helped the automaker break 100,000 units.

Cars.com currently has just 1,994 Suzukis in stock — a dwindling figure for a carmaker that sold 23,412 cars through November. By comparison, Scion sold nearly as many tC coupes this year, and Cars.com has 3,995 examples in new-car inventory.

By Kelsey Mays | December 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

Should You Buy a New Suzuki?

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If you've checked out our story on What You Need to Know about the Suzuki bankruptcy, you might consider buying a new Suzuki if the deal is right.

Below, we break down what we like and what we don't about each of the four Suzuki models still on sale in the U.S., as well as links to recent coverage about each one. No Suzuki models are rated as Best Bets by Cars.com.

We also list how many are in our national inventory as of this writing. Here's a tip: There aren't many, so depending on where you live, a new Suzuki might not be an option for you.

By David Thomas | November 6, 2012 | Comments (5)

Suzuki Bankruptcy: What You Need to Know

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Suzuki filed for bankruptcy Monday, officially eliminating its automotive arm in the U.S.

That leaves current and potential owners with a lot of questions. We answer the most significant ones below, but if you have a question, please ask it in the comments below or email us at editor@cars.com.

Will my warranty still be honored?
Yes, Suzuki says all currently valid warranties will be honored. If you buy a new Suzuki today going forward, the existing new-car warranty will be included.

Many may remember that when Saab was finally liquidated, it stopped honoring warranties for cars bought during the period after its GM ownership when a Swedish firm was operating it. Suzuki’s bankruptcy will allow for continued warranty service in line with how GM still services the Saabs sold under its ownership.

By David Thomas | November 6, 2012 | Comments (31)

Suzuki Files Bankruptcy, Stops Selling Cars in U.S.

Suzuki filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in California today for its U.S. automobile operations. American Suzuki Motor Corporation will stop marketing and selling cars in the U.S. while focusing on its motorcycle, ATV and marine portfolios.

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Suzuki will continue to honor its warranties and its current dealer network will largely be transitioned to parts and service only.

This news is not a great surprise to those following the industry. The company sold just 2,023 cars in October. Mitsubishi — another struggling Japanese automaker — sold 3,981 units in October. Mazda — the next closest Japanese automaker — sold a more robust 18,622 cars in October.

We'll have more information for owners and perspective buyers of the remaining new Suzuki models on dealer lots tomorrow.

By David Thomas | November 5, 2012 | Comments (19)

Recall Alert: Suzuki Grand Vitara, SX4

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Suzuki is recalling 32,291 Grand Vitara SUVs and SX4 vehicles over an improperly manufactured drive belt component that can break and cause the drive belt to slip or come off, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall affects all 2009-10 four-cylinder Vitaras, 2011 Vitaras built before Oct. 17, 2010, all 2010 SX4s and 2011 SX4s built before Oct. 14, 2010.

In these vehicles, an internal spring in the tension adjuster pulley for the drive belt — which operates the alternator, water pump, air-conditioner compressor and power steering pump — can break from repeated stress. If the spring breaks, the drive belt could slip or come off, causing the engine to stall or causing the driver to use more steering effort. Affected drivers may also notice a squeaking noise, a rise in coolant temperature or the charging light may turn on.

The recall is expected to begin Feb. 16. Dealers will replace the tension adjuster pulley with an improved part for free. Owners can call Suzuki at 877-697-8985 or call NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

By Dave Lee | February 7, 2011 | Comments (0)

40 mpg Ford Fiesta, Other Small Cars Flounder

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Automakers quickly turned to small cars when gas hit $4 a gallon in 2008. Folks everywhere downsized, trading in giant SUVs for traditional compacts and the latest subcompacts, like the Toyota Yaris. The trend prompted Ford to bring its best global small car to the U.S., the Ford Fiesta, while it looked to beef up its compact, the Focus, to be a more premium offering. This trend of subcompact and larger compact is being seen across the industry.

The Fiesta has been on sale for a few months with a full inventory on most lots. (There are more than 9,000 in Cars.com’s national inventory.) However, the Fiesta isn’t setting the sales world on fire, and the rest of the segment isn’t, either.

By David Thomas | December 7, 2010 | Comments (35)

Recall Alert: 2007-2010 Suzuki SX4

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Suzuki is recalling 69,587 SX4 hatchbacks and sedans for defective side mirrors, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The three screws that hold each mirror in place can loosen over time due to vibration, leading to the mirrors falling off completely.
 
The recall includes the following model years:

  • 2007-2010 Suzuki SX4 Hatchbacks
  • 2008-2010 Suzuki SX4 Sedans

Suzuki hasn’t announced when recall notifications will be sent to owners, but the company will replace the screws of both mirrors for free. Owners can call Suzuki at 887-697-8985 or the NHTSA’s hot line at 888-327-4236.

By David Thomas | October 29, 2010 | Comments (0)

Ch-Ch-Changes: 2011 Suzuki Lineup

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For the 2011 model year, Suzuki adds a few trims and safety features to the lineup, particularly with its important Kizashi and SX4 models. We break down the changes below.

By Colin Bird | October 26, 2010 | Comments (9)

Recall Alert: 20,692 Suzuki Trucks, SUVs and Crossovers

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Suzuki Motor Co. is recalling certain models of the 2008-2010 Suzuki SX4, 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara and 2009-2010 Suzuki Equator, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected models are equipped with a factory-installed Garmin navigation system that can overheat and cause a fire.

This recall is related to Garmin’s recall of 796,000 navigation systems that could overheat and cause a fire. Suzuki is the only automaker to factory-install the Garmin system, like the unit found in the SX4 pictured above.

Suzuki will notify affected owners on Sept. 13. Garmin will repair the GPS units for free by replacing the battery and inserting a spacer on top of the battery. Owners can contact Garmin directly at 913-397-8200 or Suzuki at 800-934-0934 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hot line at 888-327-4236.

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By Colin Bird | September 7, 2010 | Comments (2)

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