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Suzuki

Japan Japan (1909 - present)
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Suzuki was established in 1909 by Michio Suzuki in Hamamatsu, Japan as Suzuki Loom Works. Initially building weaving looms for the silk industry, Suzuki invented a new type of weaving machine, that was exported, filed 120 patents and utility model rights. Despite its success Suzuki felt the need to diversify his company and so after doing research on current consumer's demand, he decided to focus on building a small car.

Suzuki SX4 WRC

Suzuki SX4 WRC

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In 1937 he began building a few prototypes and completed several compact prototype cars. These cars were powered by a liquid-cooled, four-cylinder engine and developed up to 13 HP with a displacement of no more than 800cc. During the Second World War car production was suspended as it was perceived as a "non-essential commodity", so it was only after the war that Suzuki was able to go back to producing looms, however with the cotton market collapse in 1951 Suzuki once more invested on building motor vehicles. His innovative engine system granted him a financial subsidy given by the patent office of the new democratic government. At that point the company changed its name to Suzuki Motor Corporation.

In 1953 Suzuki won the Mount Fuji Hill Climb for its class with its 60cc "Diamond Free". In 1954 Suzuki was producing an astounding 6000 motorcycle per month that were very successful, so in 1955 they launched their car, the Suzuki SuzulightSuzuki Suzulight 360 TLJapan, 1963 > present. The Suzulight was very innovative as it featured front-wheel drive, four-wheel independent suspension and rack-and-pinion steering which only became common about 30 years later.

During the 1960's Suzuki establishes the U.S. Suzuki Motor Corporation in Los Angeles and enters the north american motorcycle market. In the following years the company launches the JimnyJimnySuzuki JimnyJapan, 0 > present12 versions
27 photos
1 video
4X4, SwiftSwiftSuzuki SwiftJapan, 1983 > present5 series
106 versions
127 photos
1 video
and SamuraiSamuraiSuzuki SamuraiJapan, 1984 > 19981 serie
5 versions
5 photos
, introduces a series of motorcycles and continues to expand to Canada and Mexico.

Today Suzuki is one of the leading automakers in Japan and one of the manufactures with the largest production volume in the world.



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