Founder: Michio Suzuki
Founded: October 1909; 111 years ago (as Suzuki Loom Works)
Headquarters: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan

 

Suzuki Motor Corporation (Japanese: スズキ株式会社, Hepburn: Suzuki Kabushiki-Kaisha) is a Japanese multinational corporation headquartered in Minami-ku, Hamamatsu. Suzuki manufactures automobiles, four-wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), outboard marine engines, wheelchairs and a variety of other small internal combustion engines. In 2016, Suzuki was the eleventh biggest automaker by production worldwide.

Suzuki has over 45,000 employees and has 35 production facilities in 23 countries, and 133 distributors in 192 countries. The worldwide sales volume of automobiles is the world’s tenth largest, while domestic sales volume is the third largest in the country.

Suzuki Bikes List

  • Suzuki GSX-R1000
  • Suzuki Intruder M1800R
  • Suzuki GSX-S1000
  • Suzuki V-Strom 1000
  • Suzuki GSX-S750
  • Suzuki V Strom 650 XT
  • Suzuki Hayabusa
  • Suzuki Gixxer 250
  • Suzuki Hayate EP
  • Suzuki Gixxer
  • Suzuki Gixxer SF [2019]
  • Suzuki Gixxer SF Fi (ABS)
  • Suzuki Gixxer SP
  • Suzuki Gixxer SF SP
  • Suzuki Intruder 150
  • Suzuki Intruder 150 SP
  • Suzuki RMZ250
  • Suzuki RMZ450
  • Suzuki DR-Z50
  • Suzuki Gixxer [2019]
  • Suzuki DR-Z50
  • Suzuki Gixxer SF 250
  • Suzuki Burgman Street
  • Suzuki Let’s
  • Suzuki Access 125(SE)
  • Suzuki Access 125

Suzuki Motors Timeline

  • 1909Michio Suzuki founds the Suzuki Loom Company in Hamamatsu, Japan. He builds industrial looms for the thriving Japanese silk industry.
  • 1937To diversify activities, the company experiments with several interesting small car prototypes, but none go into production because the Japanese government declares civilian automobiles “non-essential commodities” at the onset of WWII.
  • 1951After the war, Suzuki (like Honda and others) begins making clip-on motors for bicycles.
  • 1953The Diamond Free is introduced and features double-sprocket wheel mechanism and two-speed transmission.
  • 1955The Colleda COX debuts, a 125cc bike equipped with a steel frame. It features a 4-stroke OHV single-cylinder engine with three-speed transmission.
  • 1961East German star Ernst Degner defects to the west while racing for MZ in the Swedish Grand Prix. He takes MZ’s most valuable secret – knowledge of Walter Kaaden’s expansion chamber designs – to Suzuki.
  • 1962Using MZ’s technology, Suzuki wins the newly created 50cc class in the World Championship. The company will win the class every year until ’67, and win the 125cc class twice in that period, too.
  • 1963U.S. Suzuki Motor Corp. opens in Los Angeles.
  • 1965The T20 is released (aka Super 6, X-6, Hustler). This two-stroke, street-going Twin is one of the fastest bikes in its class. The ‘6’ in its name(s) refers to its six-speed gearbox.
  • 1968The T500 ‘Titan’ is an air-cooled parallel-Twin two-stroke.
  • 1970Joel Robert wins the 250cc World Motocross Championship for Suzuki. This is the first year of a three-year streak.
  • 1971The GT750 2-stroke surprises people with its three-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. In North America, it’s nicknamed the Water Buffalo; in the UK they call them Kettles. Although the bike is quite advanced in many ways and inspires a line of smaller air-cooled triples (GT380 and GT550), it’s clear that pollution control legislation will limit the use of two-strokes as street motorcycles. Even while the GT750 was in development, Suzuki had signed a licensing deal with NSU to develop a motorcycle with a Wankel (rotary) engine.The TM400A motocrosser goes into production, a 396cc bike designed for 500cc motocross races. Roger Decoster wins the 500cc World Championship on the factory version of this bike and will dominate the class, winning five times from 1971-’76.
  • 1972The Hustler 400, a street version of the TM400, is released. This bike features a double-cradle frame and 2-stroke single-cylinder 396cc engine.
  • 1974The RE5 is the first Japanese motorcycle with a rotary engine. It cost a fortune to develop and, while not bad, it’s a commercial disaster. After two years, the company abandons the project, and there are rumors the tooling was dumped into the sea so that Suzuki managers would never have to see it again.
  • 1975The RM125, with an air-cooled 2-stroke single-cylinder 123cc engine, is a production motocrosser
  • 1976With the GS750, Suzuki finally builds a 4-stroke, four-cylinder road bike.
  • 1978The GS1000E becomes the flagship model of the GS series – it’s Suzuki’s first literbike.
  • 1979Wes Cooley wins the AMA Superbike Championship on the new GS. He’ll repeat the feat in ’80 before submitting to Eddie Lawson.
  • 1980The GSX750E adopts Twin Swirl Combustion Chamber (TSCC) structure and a DOHC engine upgraded to four valves. Also, a new Anti Nose Dive Fork (ANDF) system is adopted for the front suspension.Somewhere in Japan, Suzuki appoints a Vice President of Acronyms for Suzuki’s Success (V-PASS).
  • 1981German designer Hans A. Muth, styles the GSX1100S Katana. It boasts an output of 111 hp at 8,500 rpm.Marco Lucchinelli wins the 500cc World Championship for Suzuki.
  • 1982Franco Uncini wins the 500cc World Championship.
  • 1983The RG250 is Suzuki’s first ever race replica. This bike features the AL-BOX, square aluminum frame, 16-inch tire and Anti Nose Dive Forks (ANDF) at the front.
  • 1985The RG500 “Gamma” features the same square-Four cylinder layout as the as the factory Grand Prix bikes. Other racy features are the square-tube aluminum frame and the removable cassette-type transmission.
  • 1986Although the rest of the world got the GSX-R750 a year earlier, the most important new motorcycle in a decade finally arrives in the U.S. in 1986. Kevin Cameron, reviewing the machine in Cycle World, rhetorically asks, “Where will we go from here?”The new GSX-R1100 covers ¼ mile in 10.3 seconds and boasts a top speed of over 160 mph. That’s where we go from here.
  • 1989Jamie James wins the AMA Superbike Championship of the GSX-R750.
  • 1990The 779cc DR-BIG has the largest single-cylinder engine in living memory.
  • 1991The GSX-R750 switches from oil-cooling to water-cooling and gains weight.
  • 1993Kevin Schwantz wins the 500cc World Championship. “I’d rather not win it this way,” he says, referring to the career-ending injury of his arch-rival Wayne Rainey.
  • 1995The much-loved 16-valve, 1156cc air/oil-cooled Bandit 1200 appears on the scene.
  • 1996Suzuki calls the new GSX-R750 the ‘turning-point model’ thanks to its twin-spar frame instead of the older double-cradle frame. The engine is also redesigned and featured 3-piece crankcases, chrome-plated cylinders and a side-mount cam chain as well as Suzuki Ram Air Direct (SRAD) system.
  • 1997The TL1000S is the first Suzuki sportbike with a V-Twin engine. It will be followed a year later by a racier R version, with a dodgy rotary vane damping system in the rear shock. Suzuki equipped the TL1000R with a steering damper, but it was still prone to headshake and customers approached it with caution, if at all.
  • 1999Mat Mladin wins the AMA Superbike Championship, beginning a run of unprecedented dominance. Mladin will win five more times, and Suzuki will win 8 of the next 9 titles.With sport bikes getting more and more sharp edged, the company is one of the first to recognize what might be called the ‘semi-sport’ market, as opposed to the supersport market. The SV650 features an aluminum-alloy truss frame and a liquid-cooled 90° V-Twin DOHC 4-valve engine.Suzuki calls the Hayabusa the ultimate aerodynamic sportbike. It’s powered by a 1298cc liquid-cooled DOHC in-line 4-cylinder engine that becomes the darling of land-speed racers. The name means “peregrine falcon” in Japanese.
  • 2001Based on the compact GSX-R750, the GSX-R1000 is powered by a liquid-cooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 988cc engine, which features narrow-angle valves and downdraft individual throttle-body fuel injection.
  • 2005Suzuki’s original 4-stroke motocrosser, the RM-Z450, is equipped with a 4-stroke 449cc engine, which features the Suzuki Advanced Sump System (SASS).Troy Corser gives Suzuki its first and only (so far) World Superbike Championship.
  • 2006The M109R, Suzuki’s flagship V-Twin cruiser, is powered by a 1783cc V-Twin engine with 112mm bore and 90.5mm stroke. It has the largest reciprocating pistons in any production passenger car or motorcycle.
  • 2008The B-King is launched, powered by the 1340cc Hayabusa engine, the B-King is Suzuki’s flagship big ‘Naked’ bike. Suzuki says it has the top-ranked power output in the naked category.
  • 2010Due to economic downturn, Suzuki decides not to import any sportbikes to America for the 2010 model year. It also sites a backlog of 2009 models still on showroom floors as part of the decision.
  • 2015 Volkswagen held a 19.9% non-controlling shareholding in Suzuki between 2009 and 2015. This situation did not last, as Suzuki accused Volkswagen of not sharing promised technology while Volkswagen objected to a deal where Suzuki purchased diesel engines from Fiat. An international arbitration court ordered Volkswagen to sell the stake back to Suzuki. Suzuki paid $3.8bn to complete the stock buy-back in September 2015.
  • 2016 Maruti Suzuki unveiled the Vitara Brezza in the Indian Auto Expo as a contender in the compact SUV segment.
  • 2018 Suzuki withdrew from China in September 2018.
  • 2019 Suzuki launches new Carry small CV in Indonesia. In August 2019, Toyota announced it would acquire a 4.9% stake in Suzuki, with Suzuki taking a 0.2% stake in Toyota in return.
  • 2021 Suzuki is expected to launch 12 bikes in the year 2021-2022. Suzuki Intruder 250, Suzuki GSX S750 and Suzuki GSX R1000R are launching soon.

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