American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), the sales subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), announced on 11 December that its midsize pickup truck will be produced by Nissan North America, Inc. The truck will be based on Nissan’s Frontier midsize pickup and built at the company’s manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn.
Production of the pickup truck will begin in the fall of 2008. The vehicle will be marketed solely by Suzuki in North America.
In 2006, Suzuki and Nissan announced an agreement to expand the scope of their business collaboration. The pickup is part of that agreement, which also included the supply by Suzuki to Nissan of Alto mini-cars in Japan.
The Brea, California-based ASMC was founded in 1985 by parent company SMC and currently markets its automobiles, motorcycles and outboards in the United States. Concerning automobile, there is a network of approximately 500 automotive dealerships in 49 states. The XL7, Grand Vitara, SX4, Forenza, Reno etc. are marketed and the 2007 cumulative sales volume until November was 94,554 units.