Suzuki corrected its first report over the incorrect fuel tests and said that only 14 of its models were affected, two less than initially disclosed.
Two weeks back, Suzuki also came upfront and admitted it had been using nonconforming fuel emissions tests for all its 16 cars sold in Japan for a long time. This revelation has been forced by the transport ministry who imposed on all local automakers to submit new fuel economy data, following similar fuel manipulation by Mitsubishi. Local authorities have urged Suzuki to further look into the matter and to provide another report by the end of May. Therefore, the company released on Tuesday a statement in which it confirms that the issue does not apply to its models sold outside Japan and, furthermore, it said the Jimny small SUV and the compact Grand Vitara/ Escudo 2.4-litre were not affected by the wrong fuel readings.
Suzuki reiterated that employees did not intend to manipulate fuel economy data to gain better readings and blamed the 2008 global financial crisis for its wrongdoings. “The increased workload of developing new models and engines led Suzuki to be unable to allocate sufficient manpower for the coasting tests, and in addition, failed to invest in necessary infrastructure for them as well as to make efforts to improve testing technology,” the Japanese automaker said.
Suzuki has been developing its own testing procedures and “by 2020 Suzuki was able to predict driving resistance data of the coasting test to a certain degree of accuracy through accumulating the measurement of individual components and resistance factors.”