Suzuki Celerio

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Suzuki Celerio
Suzuki Celerio 1.0 Club – Frontansicht, 26. Juli 2015, Düsseldorf.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Suzuki
Also called Suzuki Cultus (Pakistan)
Production 2014–present
Assembly Manesar, India (Maruti Suzuki)
Rayong, Thailand (Suzuki Thailand)
Karachi, Pakistan (PakSuzuki)
Body and chassis
Class City car
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine 998 cc I3 (petrol)
793 cc I2 (diesel)
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,425 mm (95.5 in)[1]
Length 3,600 mm (141.7 in)[1]
Width 1,600 mm (63.0 in)[1]
Height 1,540 mm (60.6 in)[1]
Curb weight 810–815 kg (1,786–1,797 lb)[1]
Chronology
Predecessor Suzuki Alto

The Suzuki Celerio is a city car produced by the Japanese manufacturer Suzuki, that was first launched in February 2014. It is manufactured by Maruti Suzuki in India and Suzuki Motor Thailand in Rayong Province Thailand. It replaces the A-Star and Zen Estilo, and is marketed to compete with the Tata Indica Vista, Honda Brio, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo, Chevrolet Beat, and Nissan Micra Active.[2][3]

Maruti Suzuki unveiled the Celerio at the Auto Expo 2014,[4] after being previewed as the A:Wind concept model at the Thailand International Motor Expo in November 2013.[5][6] Maruti Suzuki Celerio, a hatchback has twelve versions available in India.

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio has seven petrol cars, four diesel cars and one CNG car. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Maruti Suzuki Celerio are Chevrolet Beat, Fiat Grande Punto and Ford Figo. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio comes in six colours, namely, Blazing Red, Cerulean Blue, Glistening Grey, Pearl Arctic White, Silky Silver, Sunshine Ray. [7]

The Celerio is India's first car with an automatic gear shift called EZ Drive. The Petrol engine is a Suzuki K-series latest revision called K10B or K-NEXT.[8][9] The gearbox is basically a manual transmission with a transmission control unit (TCU) that actuates the hydraulics to shift the gears.[10]

History[edit]

Suzuki Celerio 1.0 Club (Germany)
Interior

The Suzuki Celerio was launched in India with six variants (base model ex showroom price of INR 3.75 lakhs).[11] The diesel version of Celerio will be introduced in the first quarter of 2015. The hatchback is currently available in petrol and CNG fuel options.[12] It was launched on the European market in the second half of 2014, having its European premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014.[13] British, Irish, Australian and New Zealand destined cars are manufactured in the Suzuki's Rayong facility in Thailand.

Safety[edit]

The Suzuki Celerio scored 3 of 5 stars when tested by Euro NCAP in 2014 and 4 of 5 by ANCAP in 2015.[14][15] ANCAP and Euro NCAP received criticism claiming they underscored the Celerio relative to other cars that had fewer airbags or performed worse in crash tests.[16]

The India version of the Celerio was awarded zero stars by the Global NCAP after a test conducted in May 2016.[17] The basic version of the Celerio in India does not include airbags and the body shell of the vehicle was rated by the Global NCAP as "unstable".[18]

Recall[edit]

After two total brake failures during controlled tests by British motoring journalist Lewis Kingston, senior reviewer at What Car? and Autocar, all sales and test drives in the United Kingdom were temporarily suspended as of 2 February 2015. The decision was promptly made by Suzuki after two Celerios suffered complete brake failure in close succession during independent tests at Millbrook Proving Ground. In addition, owners who had just taken delivery in Britain were advised not to drive their cars.

Following this announcement by Suzuki GB PLC, other right hand drive importers, such as Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand quickly followed suit. Left hand drive markets were not affected; nor are cars manufactured and sold in India or Thailand. The condition was traced to an over sensitive brake pedal release mechanism. This mechanism is designed to retract after a heavy collision.

Suzuki GB PLC quickly instigated a recall and all customers were provided with a loan vehicle. Within fourteen days of the incident, a modified brake pedal release mechanism had been installed on every affected customer vehicle.[19]

Diesel[edit]

Maruti Suzuki introduced its all new 793cc diesel engine in Celerio on 3 June 2015, at a price of INR 4.65 lacs. Celerio diesel is powered by Suzuki’s first ever indigenously developed two cylinder motor that puts out 46 bhp of max power and 125 Nm of peak torque. It also promises to deliver a segment best mileage of 27.62 kmpl and is christened as the most economical diesel hatch India has received till now.

Dimensionally, it is identical to the petrol version, and apart from the diesel motor, no additional feature is given.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e http://www.suzuki.fr/media/pdf/catalogue/celerio.pdf
  2. ^ Chauhan, Chanchal Pal (2014-02-07). "Auto Expo 2014: Maruti Celerio hatchback launched at a starting price of Rs 3.90 lakh". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  3. ^ Mohan, Anand (2014-02-14). "Maruti Celerio: Competition Check". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  4. ^ CarWale Team. "Maruti Suzuki launches the Celerio for Rs 3.90 lakh at the Auto Expo 2014". Carwale.com. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.globalsuzuki.com/globalnews/2013/1128.html
  6. ^ http://www.globalsuzuki.com/globalnews/2014/0325.html
  7. ^ "Maruti Suzuki Celerio in India - Price, Mileage, Reviews, Images, Specs". CarTrade.com. 2015-07-09. 
  8. ^ http://www.motorbeam.com/cars/maruti-celerio/suzuki-celerio-makes-european-debut-at-2014-geneva-motor-show/
  9. ^ http://www.marutisuzuki.com/celerio/ez-technology.html
  10. ^ "How does Maruti Celerio’s Auto gearbox work?". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Maruti Suzuki Celerio". Overdrive. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Maruti Suzuki Celerio Diesel to hit the Indian market". CarTrade. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  13. ^ http://www.globalsuzuki.com/globalnews/2014/0304.html
  14. ^ "Euro NCAP safety test, Suzuki Celerio" (PDF). Euro NCAP. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  15. ^ http://www.ancap.com.au/safety-ratings/suzuki/celerio/564458
  16. ^ http://www.carsguide.com.au/car-news/ancap-confuses-with-renault-captur-and-suzuki-celerio-safety-ratings-30920
  17. ^ http://www.globalncap.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2016-Suzuki-Maruti-Celerio-NO-Airbags.pdf
  18. ^ "Celerio, Kwid, Scorpio among Indian cars scoring zero in safety test". 2016-05-17. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  19. ^ Kingston, Lewis (2015-02-02). "Suzuki Celerio sales halted following brake failure during Autocar tests". Autocar. Haymarket Consumer Media. Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  20. ^ CarDekho Team. "Maruti Suzuki Celerio Diesel Launched". CarDekho.com. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 

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