Suzuki or The Suzuki Motor Company was founded by Michio Suzuki, a son to a Japanese cotton farmer.
Suzuki began manufacturing motorcycles in 1952. The company's first models were motorized bicycles. During the 1950s, 1960s and the better part of the 1970s, the company manufactured motorcycles with two stroke engines only, the biggest two-stroke model being the water-cooled triple-cylinder Suzuki GT750.
Its progress over the years:
1909 – 1969 The foundation of the Suzuki was laid by Michio Suzuki in 1909 by establishing Suzuki Loom Works in Hamamatsu, Japan. In 1949 Suzuki got listed on the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya stock exchanges. In 1952 it entered the motor-vehicle industry by launching Power Free 36cc, 2-cycle motorized bicycle. In 1952 the company was renamed to Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. In 1955 it launched motorcycle and mini-vehicle debuts. In 1958 it adopted ‘S’ as its corporate emblem. In 1963 it established U.S. Suzuki Motor Corp. as its sales subsidiary in Los Angeles. In 1967 it launched K50 50cc, 2-cycle motorcycle debuts. In the same year it established Thai Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. to assemble in Thailand – its first motorcycle plant which was founded outside Japan. In 1968 it built its Iwata Plant for automobiles in Iwata, Japan and in 1969 it built Toyama Plant for motorcycles in Toyama, Japan.
1970 – 1979 Between this time-period it launched various motorcycle and mini-vehicle debuts: Jimny 360cc, 2-cycle mini 4x4 vehicle (LJ series), Fronte 71 360cc, 2-cycle minivehicle debuts, Fronte Coupe 360cc, 2-cycle minivehicle and GT750 750cc, 2-cycle motorcycle debut, GT380 371cc, 2-cycle motorcycle debuts, GS motorcycle series (400cc, 500cc, 750cc, 4-cycle) debuts,
Fronte 7S 450cc, 2-cycle minicar debuts, Cervo 550cc, 2-cycle minivehicle debuts, Fronte 7S 550cc, 2-cycle minicar, Alto 550cc, 2-cycle minivehicle debuts, Fronte 550cc, 2 & 4-cycle minivehicle debuts, Motor chair MC10 module-type motorized wheelchair debuts.
Simultaneously it opened various offices: Osuka Plant, Kosai Plant, Toyokawa Plant, Suzuki Parts Mfg. Co., Ltd., Suzuki Canada Ltd. (sales subsidiary), P.T. Suzuki Indonesia Manufacturing,
1980 – 1989 Between this time-period it launched various motorcycle and mini-vehicle debuts: GSX motorcycle series (250cc, 400cc, 750cc, 4-cycle) debut, Gemma 50cc, 2-cycle scooter debuts, Jimny 4x4 minicar debuts, GSX 1100S Katana 1100cc, 4-cycle motorcycle debuts, Love 50cc, 2-cycle lightweight scooter debuts, GSX750S motorcycle debuts, Alto minivehicle debuts, LT125 125cc, 4-cycle all-terrain vehicle debuts, Ran 50cc, 2-cycle scooter debuts, Mighty Boy 550cc, 4-cycle mini commercial vehicle debuts, RG250Γ 250cc, 2-cycle sportbike debuts, DT60 60hp, 2-cycle, DT 75 75ph, 2-cycle and DT 85 85ph, 2-cycle oil-injection outboard motors debut, GSX-R 400cc, 4-cycle sportbike debuts, GSX-R750 750cc, 4-cycle motorcycle debuts, Escudo (Vitara/Sidekick) 1.6-litre, 4-cycle compact 4x4 vehicle debuts.
Simultaneously it opened various offices: Suzuki Australia Pty. Ltd. in Sydney, Australia, Suzuki ties-up with US automaker General Motors Corp. and Japanese automaker Isuzu Motors Ltd., Suzuki New Zealand Ltd., Suzuki of America Automotive Corp. in Brea, CA, USA, American Suzuki Motor Corp. in Brea, CA, USA.
1990 – 1999 Between this time-period it launched various motorcycle and mini-vehicle debuts: Cervo Mode 660cc, 4-cycle minivehicle debuts, compact 4x4 vehicle 5-door version debuts, New Every and new Carry minivehicles debut, Cappuccino mini two-seater convertible debuts, Jimny Sierra 1300 4x4 car debuts, Wagon R minivehicle debuts, Volty 250cc, 4-cycle motorcycle debuts, Wagon R Wide (Wagon R+) 1.0-litre passenger vehicle debuts, Escudo (Grand Vitara) compact 4x4 vehicle debuts, Jimny Wide compact 4x4 vehicle debuts, Skywave 250cc scooter debuts, Kei minivehicle debuts
Simultaneously it opened various offices: Miyakoda R&D Centre in Miyakoda, Japan, Delivery and Maintenance Centre in Sagara, Japan, Suzuki tied-up with Japanese automaker Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
Its aggregate motorcycle production reaches 40 million units worldwide.
2000 Suzuki progressed in this year with the following developments: - Started production of Wagon R+ in collaboration with General Motors. - Started supplying a small car (the Chevrolet MW) to General Motors Corp. for Japanese domestic market on an OEM basis. - Launched Grand Escudo (Grand Vitara XL-7) 7-seater sport utility vehicle with a 2.7-litre V6 engine debuts - Its car-production at Kosai Plant reached 10 million units.
2001 Suzuki progressed in this year with the following developments: - Launched Aerio (Liana) passenger car debuts, Chevrolet Cruze passenger vehicle debuts, Aerio Sedan passenger vehicle debuts, MR Wagon minivehicle debuts - It tied-up with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. for motorcycles. - It established Suzuki Motor R&D Asia Co., Ltd. in Thailand. - The global sales of Jimny series reach 2 million units and Alto production reaches 4 million units.
2002 Suzuki progressed in this year with the following developments: - Launched Alto Lapin minivehicle debuts, Skywave 650 (Burgman) large scooter debuts - Suzuki develops the first direct-injection turbo engine for minivehicles. - Developed Kosai Plant No. 1 for assembly. - Establishes Suzuki Motor R&D China Co., Ltd. in Beijing, China. - Its global sales of cars reached 30 million units.
2003 Suzuki progressed in this year with the following developments: - Launched two-seater minivehicle debuts, Choinori low-cost scooter debuts, New Wagon R minivehicle debuts
2004 Suzuki progressed in this year with the following developments: - Launched Alto minivehicle debuts, Swift compact car debuts - Its total sales of minivehicles in Japan reached 15 million units
2005 Suzuki progressed in this year with the following developments: - Launched V125 scooter debuts, Escudo (Grand Vitara) compact 4x4 vehicle debuts - Its production of new engine for cars began at China. - The total motorcycle production in Indonesia reached 5 million units. - Swift won “Most Fun” Japan Car of the Year 2005–2006 award.
2006 Suzuki progressed in this year with the following developments: - Launched MR Wagon minivehicle debuts, Address V50 and Address V50G 50cc-scooters debut, SX4 crossover sport utility vehicle debuts in Europe, GSR400 sportbike debuts, SX4 crossover sport utility vehicle debuts, New Cervo minivehicle debuts - Its total car production reached 2 million units in Canada - Its total motorcycle production at Thai Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. reached 5 million units. - The total sales of minivehicle Wagon R in Japan reached 2.5 million units
2007 Suzuki progressed in this year with the following developments: - It launched SX4 Sedan compact car debuts - Its total car production at the Iwata Plant reaches 10 million units.
2008 Suzuki progressed in this year with the following developments: - It launched Palette mini wagon debuts, Splash 1.0, 1.2 and 1.3-litre passenger vehicle debuts in Europe, Alto compact car debuts for overseas market, Alto Lapin mini-vehicle debuts - Its total car production at Kosai Plant reached 15 million units. - Its total global sales of Swift reached 1 million units. - Wagon R and Wagon R Stingray had won 2009 RJC Car of the Year award
2009 Suzuki progressed in this year with the following developments: - It launched Skywave 400 Type S ABS, 400cc scooter debuts, Ritz compact car, Sedan Kizashi debut, Gladius 400 ABS sportbike debut, Alto minivehicle debut - Its total global sales of Suzuki cars reached 40 million units - Alto celebrated its 30th anniversary and 10 million units of aggregate worldwide sales
2010 Suzuki progressed in this year with the following developments: - It launched Bandit 1250F ABS, 1250cc motorcycle debut, Swift compact car debuts in Japan - Its total sales of cars in Japan reached 20 million units - Its annual production exceeded 1 million units