History of Suzuki

2000-2008 1990-1999 1980-1989 1970-1979 1909-1969


2008
 
Oct New Alto compact car for overseas market debuts.

Jun Aggregate global sales of Swift reach 1 million units.

Mar Aggregate car production at the Kosai Plant reaches 15 million units.

Let's 5 scooter debuts.

Splash 1.0, 1.2 and 1.3-litre passenger vehicle debuts in Europe.

Jan Suzuki enters the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).

New Palette mini wagon debuts.


2007
 
Nov Aggregate car production at the Iwata Plant reaches 10 million units.

Jul SX4 Sedan compact car debuts.

Suzuki changes the name of its Indian subsidiary to Maruti Suzuki.

May Suzuki’s two subsidiaries in Pakistan merge.

Feb Inauguration ceremony is held for three new production facilities in Manesar, India.


2006
 
Nov New Cervo minivehicle debuts.

Oct XL7 midsize crossover sport utility vehicle with a 3.6-litre V6 engine debuts in U.S..

Aug Suzuki announces plans to build a new car plant in Sagara.

Jul SX4 crossover sport utility vehicle debuts.

Jun Suzuki and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. agree to expand their business collaboration.

May Aggregate sales of minivehicle Wagon R in Japan reach 2.5 million units.

Aggregate motorcycle production at Thai Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. reaches 5 million units.

New GSR400 sportbike debuts.

Mar New Address V50 and Address V50G 50cc-scooters debut.

SX4 crossover sport utility vehicle (jointly developed by Suzuki and Fiat) debuts in Europe.

General Motors Corp. changes its equity stake in Suzuki from 20% to 3%.

Feb Aggregate car production at CAMI Automotive Inc., Canada reaches 2 million units.

Jan New MR Wagon minivehicle debuts.


2005
 
Nov Swift wins 2005–2006 Japan Car of the Year “Most Fun” award and 2006 RJC Car of the Year award.

Oct Town Cart motorized chair debuts.

DF150 and DF175 large 4-cycle outboard motors debut.

Sep Production of new engine for cars begins at Jiangxi Changhe Suzuki Automobile Co., Ltd., China.

May New Escudo (Grand Vitara) compact 4x4 vehicle debuts.

Aggregate motorcycle production in Indonesia reaches 5 million units.

Apr Aggregate car production at Maruti Udyog Ltd. reaches 5 million units.

Feb
Address V125 scooter debuts.


2004
 
Nov New Swift compact car debuts.

Oct Let's 4 Pallet 50cc scooter debuts.

Sep Suzuki announces plans to establish a car engine manufacturer and second car production plant in India.

New Alto minivehicle debuts.

Jul Production of APV all-purpose vehicle begins at P.T. Indomobil Suzuki International.

Jun Suzuki and General Motors Corp. agree to produce GM's global engines.

Jan Aggregate sales of minivehicle Wagon R in Japan reach two million units.

Aggregate sales of Suzuki minivehicles in Japan reach 15 million units.


2003
 
Nov DF200, DF225 and DF250 large 4-cycle outboard motors debut.

Oct Suzuki receives ministerial approval from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to test a fuel-cell minicar on public roads.

Sep New Wagon R minivehicle debuts.

Apr Hiroshi Tsuda is appointed as president.

Suzuki and Italian automaker Fiat Auto agree on joint development of a sport utility vehicle.

Production of New Ignis begins at Magyar Suzuki Corp. in Hungary.

Mar Consolidated sales reach ¥2 trillion.

Feb Aggresor 21 fishing boat debuts.

Choinori low-cost scooter debuts.

Jan Twin two-seater minivehicle debuts.


2002
 
Nov Suzuki makes P.T. Indomobil Suzuki International (an Indonesian joint venture for car and motorcycle production) a subsidiary.

Sep Suzuki Motor R&D China Co., Ltd. (a motorcycle R&D company) is established in Beijing, China.

Jul Suzuki develops the first direct-injection turbo engine for minivehicles.

Jun Skywave 650 (Burgman) large scooter debuts.

Suzuki, General Motors Corp., Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. and Isuzu Motors Ltd. form an Alliance Purchasing Team (APT) for joint purchasing of certain items.

May Suzuki gains a majority stake in Indian automaker Maruti Udyog Ltd.

Mar New assembly line at Kosai Plant No. 1 is built.

Jan Alto Lapin minivehicle debuts.

Aggregate global sales of Suzuki cars reach 30 million units.


2001
 
Dec MR Wagon minivehicle debuts.

DF140 large 4-cycle outboard motor debuts.

Nov Chevrolet Cruze passenger vehicle (jointly developed by Suzuki and General Motors) debuts.

Aerio Sedan (Liana Sedan) passenger vehicle debuts.

Oct Suzuki and General Motors Corp. agree to cooperate on fuel cell technologies.

Sep Suzuki Motor R&D Asia Co., Ltd. (a motorcycle R&D company established in Thailand.

Aug Aggregate production of Alto reaches 4 million units.

Suzuki reaches a basic agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. on business tie-ups for motorcycles.

May Suzuki starts supplying the Senior Car motorized wheelchair to National Bicycle Industrial Co., Ltd. on an OEM basis.

Apr Kind Chair electric power unit for manual wheel chairs debuts.

Suzuki reaches a basic agreement to supply minivehicles to Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. on an OEM basis from 2002.

Mar Aggregate global sales of Jimny series reach 2 million units.

Feb Wagon R ASV-2 becomes the first minivehicle to be approved by Japan's  Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for use in studies on advanced vehicle safety on public roads.

Jan Aerio (Liana) passenger car debuts (launched overseas in March 2001).Use of lead is abolished in painting processes at Suzuki motorcycle and automobile plants.


2000
 
Dec Wagon R Solio 1.0 and 1.3-litre passenger vehicle debuts.

The Toyokawa Plant receives ISO14001 quality-assurance certification.

Grand Escudo (Grand Vitara XL-7) 7-seater sport utility vehicle with a 2.7-litre V6 engine debuts.

Oct Suzuki marks its 80th anniversary by establishing the Suzuki Education and Culture Foundation.

Sep Suzuki and General Motors Corp. agree to form new strategic alliance.

General Motors Corp. changes its equity stake in Suzuki from 10% to 20%.

Suzuki starts supplying a small car (the Chevrolet MW) to General Motors Corp. for the Japanese domestic market on an OEM basis.

Suzuki invests in a General Motors subsidiary in Colombia.

Aug Aggregate car production at the Kosai Plant reaches 10 million units.

Jun Masao Toda is appointed as president and COO, and Osamu Suzuki is appointed as chairman and CEO.

Apr Suzuki Arena (new sales network for small vehicles in Japan) dealership starts its operations.

Production of Suzuki cars begins at General Motors de Argentina S.A., Argentina.

Mar Aggregate sales of Suzuki senior cars reaches 100 thousand units in Japan.

Jan Production of Wagon R+ jointly developed by Suzuki and General Motors in Europe begins at Magyar Suzuki.

Aggregate engine production at the Sagara Plant reaches 1 million units.
 


1999
 
Dec Suzuki enters a business tie-up with Japanese automaker Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.

Oct Production of Suzuki outboard motors begins at Thai Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd., Thailand.

Jiangxi Changhe Suzuki Automobile Co., Ltd. receives approval from the Chinese government for production of commercial vehicles.

Sep The Osuka Plant and the Sagara Plant receive ISO14001 quality-assurance certification.

Aug Aggregate motorcycle production reaches 40 million units worldwide.

Jun Every+ 7-seater 1.3-litre passenger vehicle debuts.

May Wagon R+ 1.0-litre passenger vehicle debuts.

Mar ET-4A senior car debuts. 

Aggregate sales of Wagon R in Japan reach 1 million units.

Jan New-standard minivehicles Carry and Every debut.

GSX 1300R Hayabusa 1300cc, 4-cycle motorcycle (export model) debuts.


1998
 
Dec Chongqing Changan Suzuki Automobile Co., Ltd. receives approval from the Chinese government for production of passenger vehicles.

Suzuki starts supplying motorcycle engine technology to Aprilia S.p.A. in Italy.

Oct New-standard minivehicles Alto, Wagon R and Jimny debut simultaneously. 

Kei minivehicle debuts.

Suzuki signs a joint-venture contract for production of cars and motorcycles in Myanmar.

Sep Suzuki and General Motors Corp. agree to strengthen the business tie-up and forming a strategic alliance. General Motors Corp. changes its equity stake in Suzuki from 3.3% to 10%.

Jul The Kosai Plant receives ISO14001 quality-assurance certification.

Jun Suzuki and the Indian government settle their dispute over the Indian government's appointment of a senior executive at Maruti Udyog Ltd. Yoshio Saito is appointed as chairman.

May Suzuki and General Motors Corporation agree on joint development of compact vehicles in Europe.

Feb Skywave 250cc scooter debuts.

Jan Jimny Wide compact 4x4 vehicle debuts.


1997
 
Nov Escudo (Grand Vitara) compact 4x4 vehicle debuts.

Oct Suzuki Training Centre is opened in Inasa, Shizuoka, Japan.

Suzuki wins an International Marine Trades Exhibit and Convention Innovation Award.

Sep Suzuki goes to the International Court of Arbitration over the Indian government's appointment of a senior executive at Maruti Udyog Ltd.

Aug All of Suzuki's plants in Japan simultaneously receive ISO9002 quality-assurance certification.

Jul Shimokawa Proving Grounds are set up in Hokkaido, Shizuoka, Japan.

Apr DF9.9 and DF15 4-cycle outboard motors debut.

Mar Aggregate export units of automobiles from Japan reach 10 million units.

Feb Wagon R Wide (Wagon R+) 1.0-litre passenger vehicle debuts.


1996
 
Nov Production of Suzuki cars and motorcycles begins in Vietnam Suzuki Corp.

Oct Aggregate sales of Carry in Japan reach 3 million units.

May Toyokawa Outboard Motor Plant is moved to the Toyokawa Plant.

Apr Love electric power-assist bicycle debuts.

Production of Suzuki Motorcycles begins at Jinan Qingqi Suzuki Motorcycle Co., Ltd., China.

Feb Let's 50cc, 2-cycle scooter debuts.


1995
 
Nov Branch office is opened in Beijing China.

Mar Suzuki pulls out of its capital tie-up with Santana S.A. in Spain but continues car-related technical cooperation.

Jan Aggregate exports of Suzuki motorcycles from Japan reach 20 million units.

Aggregate sales of Suzuki minivehicles in Japan reach 10 million units.

Cultus Crescent (Baleno) passenger vehicle debuts.


1994
 
Nov New Alto minivehicle debuts.

Volty 250cc, 4-cycle motorcycle debuts.

Apr Aggregate car production at Maruti Udyog Ltd. reaches 1 million units.

Aggregate sales of Suzuki cars in Japan reach 10 million units.

Mar Suzuki and Isuzu Motors Ltd. agree to dissolve their business tie-up.

Suzuki signs a second joint-venture contract for motorcycle production with Jinan Qingqi Suzuki Motorcycle Co., Ltd. in China.


1993
 
Dec Wagon R wins 1993–94 RJC New Car of the Year award.

Nov Aggregate motorcycle production at Thai Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. reaches 2 million units.

Sep Wagon R minivehicle debuts. Its unique miniwagon concept makes it a big hit.

Jun Hisao Uchiyama is appointed as chairman.

May Jimny Sierra 1300 4x4 car debuts.

Apr Suzuki signs a joint-venture contract for production of passenger cars and motorcycles in China.

Jan Production and marketing of passenger cars begins at Suzuki Egypt S.A.E. in Egypt.

Delivery and Maintenance Centre is established in Sagara, Shizuoka, Japan.


1992
 
Nov Miyakoda R&D Centre is established in Miyakoda, Shizuoka, Japan.

Oct Car production begins at Magyar Suzuki in Hungary.

May The full production begins at Sagara engine plant.

Jan Production of Suzuki cars begins at the new plant of Pak Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. in Karachi, Pakistan.


1991
 
Nov Cappuccino mini two-seater convertible debuts.

Sep New Every and new Carry minivehicles debut.

May Production of Suzuki cars begins in Korea through a technical tie-up with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Heavy Machinery Ltd.

Apr Suzuki signs a car production contract in Hungary. Magyar Suzuki Corp. is established.

Mar Consolidated sales reach ¥1 trillion.


1990
 
Oct Company changes its name to Suzuki Motor Corporation.

Sep Escudo Nomade (Vitara/Sidekick) compact 4x4 vehicle 5-door version debuts.

Jul Cervo Mode 660cc, 4-cycle minivehicle debuts.

Aggregate car production at the Iwata Plant reaches 5 million units.

Mar Multiple new-standard 660cc, 4-cycle minivehicles debut simultaneously.

Jan Suzuki takes its first step into Eastern Europe by signing a basic agreement on a joint venture for car production in Hungary.
 


1989
 
Jul Aggregate car production reaches 10 million units worldwide.

Aggregate sales of Alto in Japan reach 2 million units.

Apr Production of Suzuki cars begins at CAMI Automotive Inc. in Ontario, Canada. 

Suzuki reaches an agreement with Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for joint development of small trucks in Indonesia.

Feb Manufacturing facility of Suzuki Egypt S.A.E. completed.


1988
 
Sep US Department of Transportation rejects a demand from Consumers Union for a Samurai recall.

Jun Suzuki enters a technical tie-up with Korea's Daewoo Group.

Magazine published by Consumers Union of the US claims the Suzuki Samurai is prone to rolling over.

May Escudo (Vitara/Sidekick) 1.6-litre, 4-cycle compact 4x4 vehicle debuts.

Apr Suzuki starts marketing passenger vehicles of General Motors Corp. in Japan.

Suzuki closes the Toyama Plant.

Jan New Cervo 550cc, 4-cycle minivehicle debuts. 


1987
 
Dec Suzuki reaches an agreement with Mazda Motor Corp. for cooperation in production of minivehicles.

Annual global sales of automobiles reach 1 million units.

Nov Address 50cc, 2-cycle scooter debuts.

May Aggregate sales of Carry in Japan reach 2 million units.

Aggregate exports of Suzuki cars from Japan reach 2 million units.

Feb Alto Works, 550cc, 4-cycle minivehicle debuts.

Jan Seiichi Inagawa is appointed as chairman.


1986
 
Aug Suzuki reaches an agreement with General Motors Corp. of Canada for  cooperation in establishment of a joint venture company.

Mar American Suzuki Motor Corp. (a holding company) is established in Brea, CA, USA.


1985
 
Oct Senior Car ET10-S and ET10-D motorized wheelchairs debut.

Aug Suzuki of America Automotive Corp. (a car sales subsidiary) is established in Brea, CA, USA.

Jun Aggregate sales of Alto in Japan reach 1 million units.

May Suzuki signs a motorcycle production technical tie-up contract with Jinan Qingqi Suzuki Motorcycle Co., Ltd. in China.

Mar GSX-R750 750cc, 4-cycle motorcycle debuts. 

Production of Suzuki cars begins at Santana S.A., Spain.


1984
 
Nov Jimny 1300 4x4 vehicle series debut.

Sep New Alto and New Fronte 550cc, 4-cycle minivehicles debut.

Suzuki Motor GmbH Deutschland (a direct sales subsidiary) is established in Heppenheim, Germany.

Aug Suzuki wins the driver championship for the 10th consecutive year at the World Motorcross Grand Prix 125.

Jul Suzuki France S.A. (a direct sales subsidiary) is established in Trappes, France.

Suzuki signs a car production technical assistance contract with China National Aerotechnology Import and Export Beijing Corp.

Apr Suzuki starts exporting 1.0-litre cars to US automaker General Motors Corp.

Mar GSX-R 400cc, 4-cycle sportbike debuts.

Feb Suzuki New Zealand Ltd. (a direct sales and knockdown production subsidiary) is established in Wanganui, New Zealand.


1983
 
Oct Cultus (Swift/Forsa/SA310) 1.0-litre passenger vehicle debuts.

Dec Production of Suzuki cars begins at Maruti Udyog Ltd. in New Delhi, India.

Aug Kosai Second Plant is built for compact automobiles in Kosai, Shizuoka, Japan.

Jun Jitsujiro Suzuki steps down from the chairmanship.

Apr DT60 60hp, 2-cycle, DT 75 75ph, 2-cycle and DT 85 85ph, 2-cycle oil-injection outboard motors debut.

Mar RG250Γ 250cc, 2-cycle sportbike debuts.

Feb Mighty Boy 550cc, 4-cycle mini commercial vehicle debuts.

Jan Ran 50cc, 2-cycle scooter debuts.


1982
 
Dec Suzuki signs a technological tie-up basic contract with Land-Rover Santana S.A., Spain.

Oct Suzuki signs a car production and distribution contract with Maruti Udyog Ltd., India.

Sep Production of Suzuki cars begins at Pak Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. in Karachi, Pakistan.

Aug LT125 125cc, 4-cycle all-terrain vehicle debuts.

Jimny 1000 1.0-litre 4x4 vehicle debuts.

Jun New Alto minivehicle debuts.

Apr Suzuki and the Indian government sign a basic agreement on joint production of Suzuki cars.

Mar Aggregate motorcycle production at the Toyama Plant reaches 5 million units.

Feb Love 50cc, 2-cycle lightweight scooter debuts.

GSX750S motorcycle debuts.


1981
 
Oct GSX 1100S Katana 1100cc, 4-cycle motorcycle debuts in overseas markets.

Aug Suzuki enters business tie-ups with US automaker General Motors Corp. (with GM purchasing a 5.3% stake in Suzuki) and Japanese automaker Isuzu Motors Ltd.

May New Jimny 4x4 minicar debuts.

Mar Gemma 50cc, 2-cycle scooter debuts.

Consolidated sales reach ¥500 billion.


1980
 
Apr Suzuki enters the general-purpose engine field with the launch of three models of electric power generator.

Mar Machine Industry Fostering and Promoting Foundation is established in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the company's establishment.

Feb Suzuki Australia Pty. Ltd. (a sales joint venture) is established in Sydney, Australia.

Jan GSX motorcycle series (250cc, 400cc, 750cc, 4-cycle) debut.
 


1979
 
Nov Motor chair MC10 module-type motorized wheelchair debuts.

May Alto 550cc, 2-cycle minivehicle debuts.

Fronte 550cc, 2 & 4-cycle minivehicle debuts.


1978
 
Jun Osamu Suzuki is appointed as president and Jitsujiro Suzuki is appointed as chairman.


1977
 
Oct Jimny 8 (LJ80), 800cc, 4-cycle subcompact 4WD vehicle debuts.

Cervo 550cc, 2-cycle minivehicle debuts.

Fronte 7S 550cc, 2-cycle minicar (compliant with 1978 Japanese emission regulations) debuts.


1976
 
Nov GS motorcycle series (400cc, 500cc, 750cc, 4-cycle) debuts.

Jun Fronte 7S 450cc, 2-cycle minicar debuts.


1975
 
May Suzuki begins its first overseas car production with assembly of the Jimny LJ50 4x4 car in Pakistan.

Suzuki suffers severe difficulties owing to delays in compliance with car emission regulations.


1974
 
Aug Suzuki enters the housing field with the launch of prefabricated house and storage shed.

Jun P.T. Suzuki Indonesia Manufacturing (a joint venture for part production) is established in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Apr Suzuki enters the medical equipment field with the launch of the Motor Chair Z600 motorized wheelchair.


1973
 
Jun Suzuki Canada Ltd. (a direct sales subsidiary) is established in Ontario, Canada. 

May Jitsujiro Suzuki is appointed as president and Shunzo Suzuki is appointed as chairman.


1972
 
Oct Suzuki Parts Mfg. Co., Ltd. (a parts manufacturing company) is established in Akita, Japan.

Mar GT380 371cc, 2-cycle motorcycle debuts.


1971
 
Oct Toyokawa Plant is built for production of medium-size and large motorcycles in Toyokawa, Aichi, Japan.

Sep Fronte Coupe 360cc, 2-cycle minivehicle and GT750 750cc, 2-cycle motorcycle debut.


1970
 
Nov Fronte 71 360cc, 2-cycle minivehicle debuts.

Oct Kosai Plant is built for automobiles in Kosai, Shizuoka, Japan.

Apr Jimny 360cc, 2-cycle mini 4x4 vehicle (LJ series) debuts.

Jan Osuka Plant is built for foundry operations in Ogasa, Shizuoka, Japan.
 


1969
 
Oct Toyama Plant is built for motorcycles in Oyabe, Toyama, Japan.


1968
 
Mar Carry Van 360cc, 2-cycle mini full-cab van debuts.


1967
 
Aug Iwata Plant is built for automobiles in Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan.

Apr Fronte 360cc, 2-cycle minivehicle debuts.

Mar Thai Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. is established for assembly in Thailand (First motorcycle plant outside Japan).

Jan K50 50cc, 2-cycle motorcycle debuts.


1966
 
Jun Suzuki adopts a company flag and song.


1965
 
Aug Fronte 800 2-cycle subcompact passenger vehicle debuts.

Apr Suzuki enters the outboard motor field with the launch of D55 5.5hp, 2-cycle outboard motor.


1964
 
Dec Ryuyo Proving Grounds are set up in Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan.


1963
 
Nov U.S. Suzuki Motor Corp. (a direct sales subsidiary) is established in Los Angeles.


1962
 
Jun Suzuki wins the 50cc-class championship in the Isle of Man TT race.

Mar Suzuki adopts company creed.


1961
 
Sep Suzuki completes a plant for lightweight trucks in Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, and starts production of the Suzulight Carry 360cc, 2-cycle lightweight truck there.

Apr Suzuki Loom Works Co. is established by separation of the loom division from the motor works.


1959
 
Aug Colleda Sel Twin 125cc, 2-cycle, 2-cylinder with electric starter motorcycle and Suzulight 360cc, 2-cycle mini commercial vehicle debut.


1958
 
Oct Suzuki adopts the "S" mark as its corporate emblem.


1957
 
Feb Shunzo Suzuki is appointed as president and Michio Suzuki is appointed as adviser.


1955
 
Oct Suzulight 360cc, 2-cycle minivehicle debuts, helping to usher in Japan’s minivehicle age.

Mar Colleda 125cc, 2-cycle motorcycle debuts.


1954
 
Jun Company changes its name to Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd.


1953
 
Mar Diamond Free 60cc, 2-cycle motorized bicycle debuts and its monthly production exceeds 6,000 units amid a bike boom.


1952
 
Jun Suzuki enters the motor-vehicle field with the launch of the Power Free 36cc, 2-cycle motorized bicycle.


1950
 
May Labour difficulties cause a financial crisis for Suzuki.


1949
 
May Suzuki lists on the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya stock exchanges.


1947
 
May Suzuki moves its head office to the present address.


1945
 
Sep Severe war damage forces Suzuki to close plants and move its offices to the Takatsuka Plant site.


1940
 
Takatsuka Plant is built in Kami-mura, Hamana-gun, Shizuoka, Japan.


1920
 
Mar Company is reorganized, incorporated, and capitalized at ¥500,000 as Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Co. with Michio Suzuki as president.


1909
 
Oct Michio Suzuki founds Suzuki Loom Works in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
 
Models
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