The American Suzuki headquarters is in Brea, California. The American Suzuki announced in November 2012 that it would stop selling cars in the United States. Through the agreement, General Motors, the Suzuki began selling a version of their Suzuki Cultus in the United States as the Chevrolet Sprint in 1985, the model was initially sold as a hatchback 3-door and a model Chevrolet’s smallest.
The Suzuki Samurai was introduced in 1985 for the 1986 model year and was the first car launched in the United States by the newly created American Suzuki Corp. No other Japanese company sold more cars in the United States in its first year than Suzuki. The Samurai is available as a convertible or hardtop and the company slogan was Never a Moment Dull. The Samurai was successful until Consumer Reports alleged the Samurai of being susceptible to roll over in the test 1988. This led to more widely 1996 lawsuit, not settled until 2004.
In 1989, American Suzuki introduced the Swift which was the 2nd generation Suzuki Cultus. The Swift is available as a GTI and GLX hatchback with a sedan 4-door following in 1990 A new Suv small called the Sidekick was introduced in 1989, 1991 saw the introduction of 4-door Suzuki Sidekick, the first four-door mini-Suv in North America. The Swift and Sidekick were cousins to GM’s Geo Metro and Geo Tracker and mostly produced in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada by Suzuki and GM’s joint business, Cami. The Swift GT / GTI and 4-door models were imported from Japan. Negative evaluations Consumer Reports of the Suzuki Samurai led to some temporary setbacks at American Suzuki as annual sales in the following years dropped to below twenty thousands units.
In 1995, American Suzuki introduced the Esteem and redesigned the Suzuki Swift. The Suzuki Swift GT ended and this version Swift was specific only to North America during the construction of at Cami. These models were the first Suzuki vehicles to be marketed in North America with two front airbags. Version of the station wagon of the Esteem was introduced in 1996 Worldwide Suzuki production reached more than 975 thousands cars this year.
And in 1996, American Suzuki released the 2-door Suv X-90 and a revised Sidekick Sport model with two airbags, a 120 hp (89 kW) 1.8-liter engine, 16-inch wheels and two-tone paint. The Sidekick Vitara and Grand Vitara for 1999 The Grand Vitara would be the first model Suzuki with a V6-cylinder engine and available 4-wheel ABS brakes.
The Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 was introduced in 2001 as a stretched version of the Grand Vitara. Grand Vitara XL-7 had a larger 2.7 liter V6-cylinder engine and 3-row seating. This can be a vehicle Suzuki’s largest to date. The Suzuki Swift disappeared from the model in 2001 and the Esteem was replaced in 2002 by the new Aerio, which was as a sedan 4-door and 5-door crossover with 4-wheel drive as an option.
In 2004, General Motors and Suzuki jointly purchased the bankrupt HanChang Motors renaming the GMDAT venture. Suzuki american rebadged the compact HanChang Nubira / HanChang First as the Forenza and the mid-size HanChang Magnus as the Verona. Forenza gained station wagon and hatchback body style in 2005, with the hatchback sold under the name Reno.
2006 was the first year American Suzuki sold more than 100,000 vehicles in United States. Suzuki redesigned Grand Vitara in 2006 and introduced the all-new Suzuki SX4 and Suzuki XL7 in 2007 Suzuki SX4 is produced as a joint venture with Fiat and the XL7 (notice the shortening of the name from Grand Vitara XL-7) was created as a joint venture with GM at Cami Automotive Inc . in Ingersoll. The Suzuki put XL7 production on hiatus ever during 2009 due to low demand and later sold off its share Cami back to GM later that year.
Despite a difficult domestic U.S. automarket, Suzuki sales kept pace with his 2007 numbers in 2008 In 2009, however, Suzuki sales dropped 48.5%, following a 17% sales drop in 2008, Suzuki did not import any motorcycles 2010 model year on the road into the U.S., and made them instead relying on unsold stock from the model year 2009 New street motorcycle models in the U.S. resumed for the model year 2011.
In November 2012, Suzuki announced that its U.S. division can for you and stop selling cars in the United States. It plans to continue to sell the motorcycles, ATVs, marine products in the U.S.. In the ten months of 2012, Suzuki sold 21,188 vehicles in the U.S.. The combination of a strong yen and personal Suzuki’s limited offering of models has been blamed for the downturn.