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.
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.