Suzuki Motor Corporation — the Japanese company founded at the beginning of the XX century in 1909. She received the name in honor of the founder — the businessman Mitio Suzuki.
It is interesting that not cars, but weaving looms were the first specialization of the company! Mitio Suzuki managed to organize very successful production and even to receive an award from the government of Japan for the most perspective models. However the businessman decided that his child has to develop and in other directions, as a result in 1937 development of the first Suzuki car began. Leading experts submitted the project of the compact car equipped with the four-cylinder four-cycle engine with water cooling. However it wasn't succeeded to bring the project to a mass production: in anticipation of World War II the government of Japan reoriented the enterprises with civil on military needs.
After war the Suzuki company at first resumed production of weaving looms, and then got back to idea of release of vehicles. In 1951 the Suzuki Power Free motor-bicycle which could move at the expense of pedals went on sale, at the expense of the engine or using both drives at the same time. In three years the company was renamed into Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd, and the general circulation of its mopeds and motorcycles exceeded six thousand copies a month.
1955 — one more important milestone in the history of Suzuki: the first car — Suzulight minicar descended from the conveyor. The car could brag of the front lines for the time technologies: independent suspension bracket, steering mechanism of rack type and forward drive. For the first year the producer managed to sell 14 copies of the Suzulight model.
By the beginning of the twenty first eyelid the Suzuki concern took the twelfth place in the general rating of world car makers, selling about 1,8 million cars a year.
In 1999 the Suzuki brand reached and the Russian market. In 2007 the Japanese car maker officially declared that intends not only to sell, but also to release cars in our country. It was expected that the 30 thousand copies plant in a year will appear in Shushary near St. Petersburg and will make the SX4 and Grand Vitara models. However these plans were prevented by the world financial crisis — the management of Suzuki in 2009 returned the earth to city authorities.
In the same 2009 of Suzuki signed the agreement with the German concern Volkswagen Group. The companies exchanged equity stakes and started joint development of environmentally friendly cars. However, this union existed not for long, and in the fall of 2011 was declared its disintegration.
Now the Suzuki concern takes the eleventh place in a world rating of car makers. Cars of this Japanese brand gather in 23 countries, and are on sale in the markets of 193 various states. Enjoys special popularity of Suzuki in developing countries (India, China, Pakistan) where compact and all-wheel drive models are successfully realized. Also the concern continues to release motorcycles which enjoy not smaller popularity around the world.1 - 50 | 51 - 100 | 101 - 150 | 151 - 200 | 201 - 250 | 251 - 300 | 301 - 350 | 351 - 400 | 401 - 450 | 451 - 500 | 501 - 550 | 551 - 554
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