Suzuki Jimny will remain on sale 'in very limited numbers'

Published 24 January 2020

Suzuki has responded to speculation that its Jimny off-roader could be axed in order to reduce average CO2 emissions across its range.

All car manufacturers are set to be hit with heavy fines if their cars emit more than 95g/km CO2 on average in Europe from 2021. This has led to accelerated roll out of electrified models, while more polluting cars are being dropped. It's also resulted in price increases for some vehicles in order to counter the penalties.

Suzuki has recently introduced 48V mild-hybrid technology on its Swift Sport, Vitara and S-Cross models in order to improve its fleet emissions - but the Jimny, with its WLTP CO2 emissions of 178g/km (190g/km for the auto), skews the brand's average.

While some media outlets are reporting that the Jimny will be removed from sale in the UK, Suzuki has said that the model will remain on sale in the UK in very limited numbers throughout 2020. In a statement, the brand says "Suzuki GB PLC will make every effort to ensure delivery to its customers who have already placed an order."

It's understood that Suzuki has already sold most of its annual allocation of 1,200 Jimnys, with as-new examples changing hands for significantly more than list price.

It's not clear what will happen after 2020, with rumours suggesting it could be sold as an N1 class commercial vehicle to avoid impacting Suzuki's fleet CO2 emissions.

Comments

Engineer Andy    on 24 January 2020

Well, once we leave the EU, we have the means to change policy that means this will no longer apply. It's particularly unfair for makes of vehicle that specialise in larger and/or 4WD/utility vehicles that will by definition have higher CO2 emissions than ones who make smaller/ordinary cars.

Maybe Suzuki could then sell more cars in the UK.

Pavel Ribaric    on 24 January 2020

If Suzuki tried to sell more cars to the UK, the EU will see that as circumventing their rules and will apply penalties to Suzuki to hit their EU sales. Which market will Suzuki prefer to keep? The EU has six times more consumers. The EU has the muscle and will bully anyone who tries to get round their policies. The UK will get what the EU allows it to get.

Engineer Andy    on 24 January 2020

If Suzuki tried to sell more cars to the UK, the EU will see that as circumventing their rules and will apply penalties to Suzuki to hit their EU sales. Which market will Suzuki prefer to keep? The EU has six times more consumers. The EU has the muscle and will bully anyone who tries to get round their policies. The UK will get what the EU allows it to get.

How exactly can they do this? We won't be in the EU, and probably about 0.01% of their sales will make their way to the Continent, and likely only a similar percentage ending up in the RoI. Therefore no problem as the cars won't be sold or driven in EU nations.

My second point was that we could buy them for our own market because we wouldn't be bound by their rules any more. The EU won't be able to bully us if we have a leader like Boris rather than Mrs May. They cannot dictate what good and services we buy that are not even made in the UK or EU. Period.

WilliamRead    on 24 January 2020

The EU can say what they like, in just a week's time their rules will, for the UK,be just a memory.

TopherGopher    on 24 January 2020

I'm not sure where you got this idea from, most of their rules will be adopted exactly as is, for some years to come.

glidermania    on 24 January 2020

It will not matter that we're leaving the EU, the UK has similar if not more stringent emissions targets for cars. The UK Government is also intent on improving air quality in our cities and towns and, one way to do that is get high emission vehicles off the roads or their use greatly reduced.

In other words, it has very little to do with the EU.

squij    on 24 January 2020

So an inoffensive, highly practical little car gets legislated out of existence, whilst Range Rovers, big Mercs etc. carry on as normal. If these are the rules, then the rules stink!

beatbox    on 24 January 2020

Forget the EU Political Issues and controversy.
Surely Suzuki, if they really wanted to could put one of their turbo charged Booster Jet engines in the Jimny, tweak the ecu software and put a 48 volt battery in it, to make it a mild hybrid ??
Because at the moment they are selling the Jimny at a premium price and maximising profits for the utilitarian vehicle.
And by issuing the 'in very limited numbers' statement Suzuki are going to sell even more by scaremongering prospective buyers as they may believe Suzuki are going to 'drop' the Jimny.
And I think they won't.
But the profit to Suzuki on each Jimny sold will be smaller !

beatbox    on 25 January 2020

Forget the EU Political Issues and controversy.
Surely Suzuki, if they really wanted to could put one of their turbo charged Booster Jet engines in the Jimny, tweak the ecu software and put a battery in it, to make it a SHVS mild hybrid ??
Because at the moment they are selling the Jimny at a premium price and maximising profits for the utilitarian vehicle.
And by issuing the 'in very limited numbers' statement Suzuki are going to sell even more by scaremongering prospective buyers as they may believe Suzuki are going to 'drop' the Jimny.
And I think they won't.
But the profit to Suzuki on each Jimny sold will be smaller if they make do make it a with Booster Jet engine and a Mild Hybrid SHVS vehicle.
I think it's all about the profit..... Not the emissions debate.

Edited by beatbox on 25/01/2020 at 13:28

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