Suzuki Car Parts
Suzuki is a Japanese brand known for its affordable vehicles with a great value for the cost. Suzuki’s line of vehicles include sedan, SUV and wagon models. Michio Suzuki started the company named Suzuki Loom Works in 1909. With steady growth, the company expanded its products apart from loom machines and by the year 1950 it had begun manufacturing motorcycles and automobiles. The first vehicle unveiled by the company was a compact car in 1955 and this proved to be a forerunner of lightweight vehicles in Japan. In the span of six years, Suzuki introduced its first lightweight truck called the Carry in 1961. The same decade saw Suzuki’s increase in their product lineup and towards the end of 60s, it had the subcompact car Fronte 800, the passenger car Fronte, and a full-cab van named Carry Van. The 70s was also a successful decade as Suzuki introduced the 4WD sport utility vehicle named the Jimmy and the subcompact vehicles Alto and LJ80. The new SUV had similarities with Jeep s CJ-5. The 1980s saw partnerships and re-badging of vehicles. General Motors acquired a 5% stake of Suzuki and with this partnership, Suzuki’s subcompact vehicles were re-badged under the name of GM and became popular in the US. In 1985 Suzuki launched its plant in the US and unveiled its first model named Samurai under its own name Suzuki. The compact sport utility vehicle was available in two models, one as a convertible and the other as a hardtop. The vehicle was a grand success but it had to fight legally against a report published in Consumer Reports in 1988. Even after winning the case, Suzuki could not increase the market scope for Samurai and by the end of the decade it launched the compact vehicle Swift and the compact SUV named Sidekick. During the 90s Suzuki introduced the Esteem. It also replaced Samurai with the X-90 and Sidekick with the Vitara and Grand Vitara. In 2004 GM and Suzuki purchased Daewoo and re-badged its vehicles in the name of Suzuki Forenza and Suzuki Verona.