Some Suzuki dealers have stopped taking deposits for the new 4x4, with a factory bottleneck blamed

The wait time for Suzuki’s popular new Jimny off-roader has stretched to a year in the UK due to restricted supply, the company has told Autocar.

Demand has been so strong for the 1200 cars Suzuki UK has been allocated for 2019 that some dealers are no longer taking deposits, but are instead registering ‘expressions of interest’.

Suzuki UK says the bottleneck is at its factory in Kosai, Japan, where the Jimny is built for local and global markets. Japanese demand is also strong due to the fact that without its wheel arch extensions, the Jimny is narrow enough to satisfy the low-tax Kei car rules.

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However Suzuki is reportedly also restricting sales in Europe because it doesn’t want to push up its average CO2 levels, according to a UK dealer posting on PistonHeads this week. He was responding to a customer who had heard a similar story from their Suzuki dealer. 

The Jimny’s relative poor fuel economy means it emits high CO2 levels of either 154g/km or 170g/km depending on whether the 1.5-litre engine is paired to a manual or automatic gearbox.

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Too many Jimny sales compared to the more frugal Ignis or Swift models will push up Suzuki’s average CO2, leading to fines from the European Union if it goes above its target. Suzuki has a bespoke agreement similar to that of Jaguar Land Rover, meaning it’s target is higher than the 95g/km fleet average set for 2020/21, but the maker can’t currently call upon electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles to compensate for its petrol-only sales. 

Suzuki decided not to offer the Jimny with its lower-CO2 Boosterjet 1.0-litre turbo engine or the expensive mild-hybrid SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) system that cuts CO2 for the Baleno supermini to 94g/km.

Theoretically then, the UK could see a greater allocation of cars if we no longer choose to participate in the EU’s scheme to reduce CO2 from new cars after we leave the trading bloc.

Suzuki has said it will increase the UK allocation of cars to 2000 for 2020. This could indicate it’s planning to fit more frugal engines or will build the car at a second plant. Or even that it will launch an electric car to bring down its CO2 average, thus allowing it to sell more Jimnys. Suzuki has said it won’t offer an alternative engine to the 1.5.

Nick Gibbs

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19 December 2018

Maruti India makes sense given likely local demand but even better would eventually be a ROW/ non-Kei lwb/5 door with 1.0 Boosterjet built in the Hungarian plant? Not sure about the first customer models being delivered to the UK in January but they have already been seen on delivery transporters in the UK.

19 December 2018

'Too many Jimny sales compared to the more frugal Ignis or Swift models will push up Suzuki’s average CO2, leading to fines from the European Union if it goes above its target. Suzuki has a bespoke agreement similar to that of Jaguar Land Rover, meaning it’s target is higher than the 95g/km fleet average set for 2020/21, but the maker can’t currently call upon electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles to compensate for its petrol-only sales. '

The EU's fuel economy tests don't recreate real world conditions.

If the EU was really concerned about carbon dioxide emissions then they would find out how a car uses fuel when it is used in real life for its intended purpose with a certain grade of fuel - e.g. a high speed motorway commuter, a stop-start driving conditions urban taxi driver, a farmer in hilly rural area, a car used for towing a caravan in cold weather conditions etc.

 

19 December 2018

Are you reading this, Land Rover?  This could be you.  If Suzuki can make a sub-£20,000 4x4 in Japan, why can't you make one in the UK?  Rhetorical.

19 December 2018

Not surprised at the waiting list it's a great product for the price,the supply/demand problem will settle down eventually

MrJ

19 December 2018

Grind your teeth Land Rover. And purleeze don’t make the Defender a clone of the others you make.

MrJ

19 December 2018

Grind your teeth Land Rover. And purleeze don’t make the Defender a clone of the others you make.

MrJ

19 December 2018

Grind your teeth Land Rover. And purleeze don’t make the Defender a clone of the others you make.

20 December 2018

Suzuki is a commercial business; instead of restricting supply because it has fitted the wrong engine it should be going hell for leather to reduce emissions and increase production.  A cleaner engine and the option to delete the four wheel drive would bring emissions right down.  As with all four wheel drives, I bet most Jimnys will be used solely in town.

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