General Motors is carrying out a low key recall of its flagship Cruze sedan in India. While the automaker has not issues a formal statement on the recall, Cruze owners in India have been asked to bring their cars in for the recall. The recall is said to be an exercise to replace the PVC bracket that holds wiring in the engine bay. The job is said to take 2 hours, and will be carried out at no cost to the customer.
General Motors sells only the diesel powered Cruze sedan in India even as other car markets of the world gets turbo petrol engined models in addition to the diesel version. The Cruze is powered by a 2 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine, known for its big rush of torque that is addictive. The Z-Series diesel motor, which is an all-new engine that gets a host of improvements such as a revised turbocharger and a cam chain in place of cam belt, makes 164 Bhp of peak power and 380 Nm of peak torque.
These figures make the Cruze the most powerful diesel D-Segment sedan sold in India. The Cruze is available with 6 speed manual and automatic transmissions. Sold in three variants in India, the Cruze starts at 13.8 lakh rupees ex-showroom Delhi. the car is CKD assembled at General Motors’ Halol factory in Gujarat. In the absence of a mandatory recall policy in India, carrying out recalls is left to the discretion of the car maker.
The Indian government is working towards instituting a mandatory vehicle recall policy in India, with a regulatory body to oversee the whole process and act as a watchdog to protect the interests of vehicle buyers in the country. As a check and balance, a strong mandatory recall policy with the backing of the government is required for like all big businesses, car makers often have self serving interests.