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2021 Suzuki Ignis facelift unveiled, here in May - UPDATED

Updated (February 6): Suzuki Australia has confirmed the revised Ignis will go on sale locally from May this year with details to be announced closer to that date. The facelifted Suzuki Ignis has been launched in Japan. Up front the big change for the Ignis is the upper grille treatment, which now features two U-shaped ports on either of the Suzuki badge...

Jeep, Suzuki diesels found to exceed EU emissions limits

Diesel engines used by Jeep Grand Cherokee and Suzuki Vitara models sold in the EU used "prohibited emissions strategies" to emit more oxides of nitrogen (NOx) during regular road driving than during emissions testing, according to the RDW, the road authority for the Netherlands. In a statement to Reuters, the RDW said Jeep has developed a software patch to the authority's satisfaction...

Suzuki Jimny supply will improve... but not yet

Suzuki has invested in its Jimny production line to better meet global demand, meaning Australian buyers could see their wait-times cut from the latter half of 2020 onwards. The average wait for Australian buyers is still around nine months, though dealer stock does exist in certain colours. Some have had to hold on longer than this...

More than 18,000 Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki cars forced off the road in recall for new type of deadly Takata airbag

More than 18,000 Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki cars made between 1996 and 1999 have been ordered off the road due to a new type of deadly Takata airbag – in a recall estimated to cost in excess of $54 million to buy back affected vehicles. Toyota is offering to buy back vehicles or provide long-term alternative car hire until replacement airbags are available...

The world's cutest Suzuki Jimnys are coming to Australia

Just in case you don’t find Suzuki’s mini-off-roader cute and charismatic enough, Japanese auto styling house DAMD Inc now offers dress-up kits to make your JB64 series Suzuki Jimny look like, well, a number of different classic off-roaders. There are currently two kits on offer: ‘Little-D’, a nod to the classic Land Rover Defender, and ‘Mini-G’, which sports the sleek, yet boxy, features of a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen...

Takata airbag crisis worsens: 78,000 cars off the road in Australia’s biggest automotive buy back

The Takata airbag crisis has taken its most serious turn yet, with to up 78,000 cars to be put off the road and bought back by manufacturers at an estimated cost of up to $200 million. Popular cars made by Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Toyota – sold from 1996 to 2000 – are believed to be equipped with another type of Takata airbag inflator which can also become unstable over time and spray shrapnel when deployed in a crash...

2016-18 Suzuki Ignis, Baleno recalled

Suzuki has recalled 9817 examples of the 2016-18 Ignis and Baleno, over concerns about the owner's manual. According to the company, the owner's manual could have incorrect information about installing an ISOFIX child seat. If owners follow the instructions and install their seat in the wrong way, there's a risk a child in the seat will be injured in an accident...

Suzuki unveils a car with no steering wheel and no driver’s seat

Japanese carmaker Suzuki has opened the 2019 Tokyo motor show by unveiling a car without a steering wheel or a driver’s seat. The Suzuki Hanare is only a concept car designed as a motor show tease for now, but the company says it's a sign of things to come as the automotive world shifts to autonomous motoring...

Suzuki reveals concepts ahead of Tokyo motor show

Suzuki is preparing a troupe of cute concepts for the 2019 Tokyo motor show, headlined by the compact Wako SPO coupe. Built to embody the tagline "Waku Waku switch for everyone: Excitement for you, excitement for everyone" (seriously), the range of concept cars preview everything from a plug-in hybrid coupe to a self-driving living room on wheels...

Suzuki introduces five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty

Suzuki has become the last mainstream brand to offer a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty as standard across its range. The Japanese brand today dumped its standard three-year, 100,000km coverage period in favour of the five-year term now standard across the industry. Previously, the brand limited its five-year coverage to owners who serviced their vehicles exclusively within the Suzuki dealer network...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: Hyundai Venue Australian drive

On this week's podcast you're joined by Mandy Turner, Trent Nikolic, and James Wong. James attended the local launch of the 2020 Hyundai Venue, and discusses what it's like to drive. Paul Maric speaks with Lamborghini's chief marketing officer, Katia Bassi. Trent was in Canberra last week for the local launch of the 2020 Peugeot 508, and James compares the Kia Picanto and Suzuki Swift...