CarAdvice tested the new Suzuki Celerio before the car was pulled from sale over the brake issue - which saw cars fail to stop under full braking pressure at high speeds - that was discovered by UK media.
Suzuki Australia general manager Andrew Moore offered an explanation as to what the problem was, and how it has been fixed. Moore said the braking pedal includes a safety mechanism link that is designed to collapse the brake pedal in the event of an accident so as to avoid contact witht the driver's legs.
That component was detaching due to a deformation under the testing regime that the UK media outlets put the Celerio through, according to Moore. Suzuki developed a new link mechanism that was fitted to a revised brake assembly, and the media outlets in the UK - as well as Suzuki's internal test team - have successfully rectified the problem.
Moore said the company is "replacing the entire brake pedal assembly" including the revised link system in all cars in stock before the Celerio goes on sale in March.
The car wasn't officially recalled locally as it was not on sale in Australia prior to the issue being found.
Suzuki Celerio models will be available for test drives in Suzuki dealerships next week, and Suzuki Australia general manager Andrew Moore says the car represents the "culmination of Suzuki engineers' small car know-how" and is the "first in a wave of new models set to spark a new era of growth for Suzuki".
The new Celerio is priced at $12,990 driveaway for the five-speed manual model, while the CVT automatic version costs $13,990 driveaway.