Originally Posted by GV Real SUV
I was wondering why Suzuki USA did not use HID for the headlights, as most car manufacturers are now using HID.
I also find it kinda odd that HID GV only have HID for low beam, but high beam and fog lights are standard halogen. Is that due to glare?
GV real SUV
When it comes to all the hype about different lights I recomment you have a look at Daniel Sterns Web page atDaniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply
Daniel is an idependent Automotive Light Consultant/Specialist.
On his web page you can find the inn and out of all different light system.
Now to your question on why we don't get HID here. For one I would say the Price. Now when HID is used it is not just the light bulb that is different. On a correctly used HID, the reflector and lenses are all different. (see Daniel Sern for details on why the retri kits are bad for this reason) Add the balast you need, add the automatic hight adjustment and washing system this will all add.
Now I would not use HID as fog lights. In foggy conditions you will probbably see better with parking lights on. the brigther the light the more reflection you get from the fog.
Now in Germany the V6 GV is sold for 36.000 euro. That is $48.000 US or $58.000 canadian. If the GV would cost this much here in Canada, I would not get it simply because I could get a real off road vehicle for that. So the manufacturer has to make the vehicle less expensive. Having lower cost lights may be one of the things.
I also found this on Wikipedia:
Vehicles equipped with HID headlamps are required by ECE regulation 48 also to be equipped with headlamp lens cleaning systems and automatic beam levelling control. Both of these measures are intended to reduce the tendency for high-output headlamps to cause high levels of glare to other road users. In North America, ECE R48 does not apply and while lens cleaners and beam levellers are permitted, they are not required;  HID headlamps are markedly less prevalent in the US, where they have produced significant glare complaints. Scientific study of headlamp glare has shown that for any given intensity level, the light from HID headlamps is 40% more glaring than the light from tungsten-halogen headlamps.
This may be the other reason why we cannot get as many QEM HID lights in North America.
Now here is something more interesting The 2008 Audi R8 is sold with LED head lights outside of the US and In the US the 2009 Escalade Platinum will actually have LED light as low and high beam.