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Suzuki Launches GT125 Series in Fast-Growing Indian Market


Suzuki GT125 manufactured in India
Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd., Suzuki’s subsidiary manufacturing and selling motorcycles in India, has built a new plant in the suburbs of New Delhi, northern India, and inaugurated production of new models. On 13 January, 2006, the company unveiled the Indian-manufactured GT125 series, with sales on the Indian market beginning in April.
   India’s total production of motorcycle units for 2005 calendar year was 7,300,000, an increase of 15% over the preceding year and the second highest level worldwide after China. The trend is expected to remain consistent with overall growth of the Indian economy. Suzuki previously made a joint venture with a local manufacturer, but determined to build its own new plant in view of growth potential.
   Suzuki Motorcycle India announced a sales plan to market 100,000 units for the first year in the Indian market.



Suzuki Motorcycle Production in Thailand Hits the Five Million Mark

Celebration of five million motorcycle units
Suzuki’s subsidiary manufacturing and selling two-wheel products and outboard motors in Thailand, Thai Suzuki Motor Co. Ltd., has achieved the five million unit mark for motorcycle production in the 37 years and ten months since July 1968. The company held a commemorative ceremony on 5 May attended by President Masanobu Saito of Thai Suzuki, distributors in Thailand and major shareholders of Thai Suzuki.
   The company is now manufacturing models developed for Thailand and nearby markets by Suzuki Motor R&D Asia Co., Ltd., a motorcycle R&D affiliate founded in Thailand in August 2001. Among the popular models are 110cm3 to 150cm3 underbone motorbikes of the Smash, the Best and the Raider and the scooter-type Step. In 2005 alone, Thai Suzuki manufactured and sold 320,000 units of motorcycles.