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13 production models

18 discontinued models

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Michio Suzuki, the founder of the Suzuki company, started pretty much like Toyota, in the textile industry, producing automated looms in 1909 in a small seacoast village called Hamamatsu. For years, his company was successful, but as time passed, Suzuki realized that he will have to diversify if he wanted to stay in business.

He turned to car making and in 1937 started developing a 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. But as WWII began, production of passenger cars became a luxury so Suzuki turned back to loom-making to support Japan's new cotton industry. All that stopped when the market crashed in 1951.

Versatile and ingenious, Suzuki now turned to making engines for bicycles. Unlike other engines that could be mounted to bikes, his motors had a unique feature that allowed the rider to pedal assisted by the engine or completely disconnect the pedals. This captured the attention of the government who granted funds to Suzuki for research.

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 asa 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.

The famous off-road Jimny came in 1970, which had several variations of chassis and engine. The other cars from the 70s 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 western market. 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 opens 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. Right now, Suzuki is listed as being the 12th biggest automotive manufacturer in the world with 35 production facilities all over the Globe and being present in 192 countries.
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production models:
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SUZUKI Swift 5 Doors specs and photos

SUZUKI Swift 5 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid · Hybrid gasoline

8 generations

2020 - present
SUZUKI Ignis specs and photos

SUZUKI Ignis

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel · Mild hybrid

6 generations

2019 - present
SUZUKI Jimny specs and photos

SUZUKI Jimny

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

4 generations

2018 - present
SUZUKI Vitara specs and photos

SUZUKI Vitara

Diesel · Gasoline · Hybrid

2 generations

2018 - present
SUZUKI SX4 Crossover specs and photos

SUZUKI SX4 Crossover

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2016 - present
SUZUKI Escudo / Vitara 3 Doors specs and photos

SUZUKI Escudo / Vitara 3 Doors

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2005 - present
SUZUKI Swace specs and photos

SUZUKI Swace

wagons

Hybrid gasoline

1 generation

2020 - present
SUZUKI Escudo / Grand Vitara 3 Doors specs and photos

SUZUKI Escudo / Grand Vitara 3 Doors

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2008 - present
SUZUKI S-Cross specs and photos

SUZUKI S-Cross

suvs

Mild hybrid

1 generation

2021 - present
SUZUKI Across specs and photos

SUZUKI Across

suvs

Hybrid gasoline

1 generation

2020 - present
SUZUKI APV specs and photos

SUZUKI APV

vans

Gasoline

1 generation

2004 - present
SUZUKI Ertiga specs and photos

SUZUKI Ertiga

vans

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

2012 - present
SUZUKI Baleno specs and photos

SUZUKI Baleno

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Mild hybrid

1 generation

2016 - present
 
discontinued models:
sort:yearname
SUZUKI Aerio / Liana Hatchback specs and photos

SUZUKI Aerio / Liana Hatchback

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2001 - 2007
SUZUKI Aerio / Liana Sedan specs and photos

SUZUKI Aerio / Liana Sedan

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2001 - 2007
SUZUKI Alto specs and photos

SUZUKI Alto

hatchbacks

Gasoline

2 generations

2009 - 2013
SUZUKI Equator specs and photos

SUZUKI Equator

trucks

Gasoline

2 generations

2009 - 2012
SUZUKI Escudo / Grand Vitara 5 Doors specs and photos

SUZUKI Escudo / Grand Vitara 5 Doors

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline

4 generations

2008 - 2014
SUZUKI Forenza Sedan specs and photos

SUZUKI Forenza Sedan

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

2004 - 2008
SUZUKI Forenza Wagon specs and photos

SUZUKI Forenza Wagon

wagons

Gasoline

1 generation

2004 - 2008
SUZUKI Kizashi specs and photos

SUZUKI Kizashi

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

2009 - 2016
SUZUKI Reno specs and photos

SUZUKI Reno

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

2004 - 2008
SUZUKI Splash specs and photos

SUZUKI Splash

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2011 - 2014
SUZUKI Swift 3 Doors specs and photos

SUZUKI Swift 3 Doors

hatchbacks

Diesel · Gasoline

5 generations

2014 - 2017
SUZUKI Swift Cabriolet specs and photos

SUZUKI Swift Cabriolet

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

1992 - 1995
SUZUKI Swift Sedan specs and photos

SUZUKI Swift Sedan

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1991 - 1996
SUZUKI SX4 Sedan specs and photos

SUZUKI SX4 Sedan

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

2006 - 2014
SUZUKI Verona specs and photos

SUZUKI Verona

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

2004 - 2006
SUZUKI Wagon R specs and photos

SUZUKI Wagon R

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2003 - 2007
SUZUKI X90 specs and photos

SUZUKI X90

suvs

Gasoline

1 generation

1996 - 1997
SUZUKI XL7 specs and photos

SUZUKI XL7

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline

2 generations

2007 - 2009