American Suzuki Motor is the US subsidiary of Japan's Suzuki Motor. American Suzuki markets Suzuki cars, motorcycles, ATVs, and marine engines in the US. include the Forenza (sedan and wagon), Aerio
(sedan and hatchback), Grand Vitara (SUV), and XL-7 (seven-passenger luxury SUV). The company markets Suzuki cars through a network of about 540 dealerships in 49 states.
Suzuki Motor Corporation (OTC: SZKMF)
Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 432-8611, Japan
Suzuki Motor Corporation is Japan's #1 minicar producer as well as its #3 motorcycle manufacturer. Suzuki's US cars and SUVs include the Aerio, Forenza, Verona, and the Grand Vitara; motorcycles
include the Katana, V-Strom, Hayabusa, and Boulevard. Suzuki's nonvehicle products include generators, outboard marine engines, and prefabricated housing. The company operates in more than 190 countries.
March 1920 Incorporated as Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Co. June 1954 Name changed to Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. October 1990 Name changed to Suzuki Motor Corporation
A Brief History
1920 - Privately owned Suzuki Loom Work is reorganized into Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Co., capitalized at Yen 500,000, with only one goal in mind: build better, user-friendly weaving looms. Minsho
Suzuki elected president. Suzuki's sale focus was to produce textile looms that would surpass the innovation and quality of other competitors.
1953 - Suzuki created a new type of motor vehicle, a motorized bicycle called the "Power Free". This motorized bicycle features a 36cc two-stroke engine with a double sprocket gear system
that enabled the rider to pedal with the engine assisting, pedal without the engine assisting, or disconnect the pedals and run on engine power alone.
1955 - Suzuki's first mass produced car, the Suzulight, was a technical marvel. It included radical innovations for the time such as front-wheel drive, four-wheel suspension, and rack-and-pinion
1963 - Suzuki brings its innovative motorcycle lineup to the United States, giving riders new levels of value and reliability. A fast growing line enables them quickly to become a major player in the
1977 - ASMC launches Suzuki Marine in the U.S.A. Suzuki took to the water, forming a new company to market its proven outboard motors in the U.S.A.
1983 - Suzuki takes the lead in the all-terrain vehicle market by introducing the first four-wheeled ATV, the QuadRunner LT 125.
1985 - GSX-R, Suzuki introduced the first-generation GSX-R in 1985. The GSX-R750 was designed to win national and world championships while bringing the ultimate sporting experience to street riders.
This was achieved via an all-new formula, with Suzuki's first aluminum frame for unprecedented light weight and superb torsional rigidity and an oil-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-cylinder engine that was 10% lighter and
delivered more than 100HP. And at a light, 395 lb. dry weight, Suzuki's goal of the world's best power-to-weight ratio in class was easily realized. GSX-R Suzuki sportbikes have gone on to win an unprecedented 11
American Superbike Championships. Samurai, Suzuki introduces its automobile line to the United States, with the arrival of the Samurai.
1989 - Suzuki is the first company to introduce digital electronic fuel injection on its DT225 and utilize boron composite cylinder walls and ceramic fiber reinforced metal pistons. Suzuki, the
innovative leader in outboard motors, always delivers more for your outboard dollar. Suzuki Marine was honored with the NMMA® (National Marine Manufacturers Association) Innovation Award.
1998 - Suzuki introduced its first four-stroke outboard with electronic fuel injection, the DF60/70. This model set standards for smooth running in all weather and altitudes. They were the first, but
far from the last. Suzuki Marine was honored with the NMMA® (National Marine Manufacturers Association) Innovation Award.
2000 - Suzuki becomes the "Fastest Growing Japanese Auto Company in America" for 2000 (reported by Automotive News).
2001 - America's first affordable seven passenger SUV arrives. The Suzuki XL-7.
2004 - The launch of the Verona and Forenza sedans are exciting additions to Suzuki's full line of SUV and cars. Suzuki launches revolutionary, compact 4-stroke V6 outboards with 200, 225, and 250
horsepower to compliment its full line of 4-stroke outboard motors. These engines include the industry's most powerful V6 4-stroke that are also the lightest and most compact. Suzuki Marine was honored with the NMMA
(National Marine Manufacturers Association) Innovation Award.
2005 - Suzuki continues to grow! The versatile Reno and the fully loaded Forenza wagon are the newest reasons for you to make the smart move and own a Suzuki today.
2006 - Grand Vitara, With the all-new 2006 Grand Vitara, Suzuki proves that a combination of sophistication and ruggedness in an SUV is not attached to a premium, price tag. Refined safety and
comfort features such as Electronic Stability Program (ESP®)*, SmartPass® keyless entry and engine start system, and V6 power, mated to the full-Time Four-Mode four-wheel-drive system, distinguishes the
2006 Grand Vitara as an authentic SUV.
Suzuki Boulevard M109R, One year after the launch of the Suzuki Boulevard cruiser line, Suzuki launched the all-new flagship Boulevard M109R. An incredible combination of cruiser styling and renowned Suzuki power and handling, the M109R redefined the concept of a cruiser. With its all-new 109-cubic-inch, fuel injected V-twin engine, the Boulevard M109R became the most powerful Suzuki cruiser ever, with the widest tire on a production cruiser rear tire and an unmistakable throaty and aggressive exhaust note. Sportbike suspension and brakes completed the package, elevating the whole concept of what a cruiser motorcycle could be.
2007 - Suzuki's 4.0-liter, 300 horsepower V6 DF300 proved that an outboard could push even the biggest boats to incredible performance, yet be compact, light, and efficient. The 2007 NMMA®
Innovation Award winner is packed with features like digital sequential electronic fuel injection, DOHC with four-valves-per-cylinder, variable valve timing, long-track intake manifold, spherical bore throttle body,
free-flowing exhaust system and more.
2008 - The SX4 Sport was introduced, extending the SX4 line from the original SX4 Crossover, bringing Suzuki's award winning handling capabilities from the Swift (European Car of the Year) to the
U.S. market. Having wowed journalists and hundreds of thousands of drivers throughout the world, the Swift's sporty character is embodied in the SX4 Sport. But the appeal did not stop at the track as it offered bold
youthful styling along with a generous list of standard features. SX4 Sport represents a core model for Suzuki that has a distinct personality from the competition.
2010 - Suzuki introduces Kizashi, designed, prototyped, tested, and refined for the enthusiast driver, it combines the excitement and balanced handling of a European Sports Sedan with the quality,
craftsmanship and advanced engineering of a modern Japanese sedan. Discerning owners who appreciate the craftsmanship and muscular aesthetics of finer sports sedans, it breaks new ground, incorporating design
elements inspired by legendary cars of our time, and built, assembled and equipped with materials and appointments that are immediately noticed by those who Know.