- In a statement released by Suzuki, the automaker claims its proving ground in Sagara, Japan, is located on a hill where it’s susceptible to extreme weather like strong wind. The wind made it difficult for engineers to gather consistent and accurate data in the coasting tests, especially with the automaker’s lightweight microcars. As a workaround, Suzuki tested individual components like tires, brakes, and transmissions in a controlled environment and combined the results for the finalized data. Unfortunately, the automaker’s solution goes against the procedure set by the government.
This one is a bit more inocuous than the others, but I'm starting to wonder that maybe we're starting to see the technological limits of ICE engines. If that's so, these stories probably won't be going away.