: Suzuki is stopping sales in the USA

11-15-12, 02:32 AM
SUZUKI is out. I never liked them but I saw a lot of them in Indonesia. http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/05/autos/american-suzuki-bankruptcy/index.html

11-15-12, 02:52 AM
Bout time

11-15-12, 03:10 AM
Indeed. Pretty Meh cars anyway.

11-15-12, 07:05 AM
Best memory I have of Suzuki was when I was about 11 or 12 at the monster truck show. There was a guy who had a lifted, modified Suzuki Samurai with the convertible top who ran around the track between the monster truck heats. This thing was running an open header, so it was plenty loud, but sounded like a pissed off bee. The announcer was just ripping on his little SU-SUKIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!! It was pretty damn hilarious watching this little shitpod run on the monster truck course, bouncing up and down over the little earth hills the big trucks just normally jumped over. Still to this day if I'm on this road with my dad and we happen to see a Suzuki, we just laugh, point, and yell SU-SUKIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EDIT: If their cars were even as half as good as their sport bikes, well they'd really be on to something.

11-15-12, 08:09 AM
Back in the day, who would have thought we'd be buying cars from motorcycle manufacturers. But then look at Honda. remember the N600?


11-15-12, 10:15 AM
no stranger than this, I suppose:


11-15-12, 10:56 AM
No real surprise. The Kizashi had gotten some pretty rave reviews, but it was too little too late.

11-15-12, 12:16 PM
no stranger than this, I suppose:


That's less of a surprise. Yamaha began building musical instruments back in the 1800's. Their logo is 3 tuning forks


11-15-12, 01:08 PM
I'd love to score a deal on a used Kizashi. Suzuki of Canada is still in business and they're the #1 brand in India so getting parts won't be an issue.

They're the #9 automaker globally by volume but for various reasons they could never gain traction in the US market.

11-16-12, 12:44 AM
Dealer network would be my guess as to why they were a non-starter here. Even with ownership in our market by the biggest dealer in our area (By a large margin.) the actual location looked like a low end used car lot in an old gas station! Either they had no standards for dealers to meet, or no monitary support for them to have good facilities, or both. The same dealer sold Hyundai's in the late 80's like they were gold, when they were considered showroom poison to the rest of the nation.