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Michio Suzuki, the founder of the Suzuki company, began his company
as the Suzuki Loom Works which produced automated looms in 1909 in a
small seacoast village called Hamamatsu. Originally dedicated to
building weaving looms for the silk industry and producing looms for
export. By 1920, however, the company became incorporated as the
Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Company. In 1937, Suzuki began developing
a passenger car prototype. Unlike Toyota, who chose to copy an
American six-cylinder engine, Suzuki created their own model, a
four-cylinder version which put out 13 horsepower. During WWII,
Suzuki’s auto manufacturing was converted to the production of
armaments and, as a result, Suzuki’s factories and offices were
heavily damaged due to bombardment.
During the 50s Suzuki
released several models: in 1955 the Suzulight SS, a-2 door sedan,
the Suzulight SD, a 2-door wagon, the SL – a 3 door sedan and the
SP, a pick-up. Out of all of them, the SP proved to be the most
successful, being mass-produced and improved during the 60s. Good
sales for the SP which was regarded as a commercial type of vehicle,
meant that in 1960 the Suzulight Van, the TL, was introduced. Other
models from the 60s include the small Suzuki Fronte 360 and the
Suzuki Fronte 500.
In 1963 Suzuki established the U.S. Suzuki
Motor Corp. with its headquarters located in Los Angeles,
California. Shortly after, Suzuki introduced the Fronte 800 which
would be a subcompact passenger vehicle running a three-cylinder
785cc two-stroke engine. In 1967 Suzuki Motor Corp built its first
assembly plant outside of Japan in Thailand. A scant year later
Suzuki debuted the Carry Van 360 which was based on the Suzulight
Carry. With the purchase of the Hope Motor Company, Suzuki acquired
the engineering know-how to produce 4-wheel drive vehicles which
resulted in the famous off-road Jimny came in 1970, which had
several variations of chassis and engine. Other Suzuki cars of note
from the 1970s are the Cervo, Alto and the Fronte, also with a
number of variations and improvements along the years.
As the 80s rolled in, Suzuki began expanding across the ocean,
thanks to a business agreement with GM (in 1981) which gave them an
important niche in the North American and European markets. Also,
they began a partnership with the Indian car company Maruti in 1983
to produce cars there. A year later, in 1984, Suzuki Motor GmbH
Deutchland opened up its doors in Heppenheim, Germany. The Swift and
the Vitara models were introduced in the late 80s and Suzuki reached
a production of 10 million units. During the 90s, the company
continued to expand with factories all over the world and several
other 4x4 models were introduced. At present, Suzuki is listed as
being the 12th biggest automotive manufacturer in the world with 35
production facilities in 192 countries, despite having pulled out of
production of passenger vehicles in the US.