History

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1909-

1909 Oct Michio Suzuki founds Suzuki Loom Works in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
1920 Mar Company is reorganized, incorporated, and capitalized at ¥500,000 as Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Co. with Michio Suzuki as president.
1940   Takatsuka Plant is built in Kami-mura, Hamana-gun, Shizuoka, Japan.
1945 Sep Severe war damage forces Suzuki to close plants and move its offices to the Takatsuka Plant site.
1947 May Suzuki moves its head office to the present address.
1949 May Suzuki lists on the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya stock exchanges.
1950 May Labour difficulties cause a financial crisis for Suzuki.
1952 Jun Pawer freeSuzuki enters the motor-vehicle field with the launch of the Power Free 36cc, 2-cycle motorized bicycle.
1953 Mar Diamond Free 60cc, 2-cycle motorized bicycle debuts and its monthly production exceeds 6,000 units amid a bike boom.
1954 Jun Company changes its name to Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd.
1955 Mar ColledaColleda 125cc, 2-cycle motorcycle debuts.
Oct SuzulightSuzulight 360cc, 2-cycle minivehicle debuts, helping to usher in Japan’s minivehicle age.
1957 Feb Shunzo Suzuki is appointed as president and Michio Suzuki is appointed as adviser.
1958 Oct Suzuki adopts the "S" mark as its corporate emblem.
1959 Aug Colleda Sel Twin 125cc, 2-cycle, 2-cylinder with electric starter motorcycle and Suzulight 360cc, 2-cycle mini commercial vehicle debut.
1961 Apr Suzuki Loom Works Co. is established by separation of the loom division from the motor works.
Sep Suzuki completes a plant for lightweight trucks in Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, and starts production of the Suzulight Carry 360cc, 2-cycle lightweight truck there.
1962 Mar Suzuki adopts company creed.
Jun Suzuki wins the 50cc-class championship in the Isle of Man TT race.
1963 Aug U.S. Suzuki Motor Corp. (a direct sales subsidiary) is established in Los Angeles.
1964 Dec Ryuyo Proving Grounds are set up in Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan.
1965 Apr D55Suzuki enters the outboard motor field with the launch of D55 5.5hp, 2-cycle outboard motor.
Aug Fronte 800 2-cycle subcompact passenger vehicle debuts.
1966 Jun Suzuki adopts a company flag and song.
1967 Jan K50 50cc, 2-cycle motorcycle debuts.
Mar Thai Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. is established for assembly in Thailand (First motorcycle plant outside Japan).
Apr Fronte 360cc, 2-cycle minivehicle debuts.
Aug Iwata Plant is built for automobiles in Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan.
1968 Mar Carry Van 360cc, 2-cycle mini full-cab van debuts.
1969 Oct Toyama Plant is built for motorcycles in Oyabe, Toyama, Japan.