Global News

28 January 2009

Suzuki 2008 car production, sales, and export figures (calendar-year basis)

Production: Record-high overseas production volume in 2008

  Jan. 2008 – Dec. 2008 % change on year
Japan production1 1,218,235 100.0
Overseas production2 1,405,553 102.0
Global production 2,623,788 101.1
  • 1 Japan production: Complete built-up (CBU) units + complete knocked-down (CKD) units as reported to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association
  • 2 Overseas production: Units completed at overseas plants

2008 key points

  • Japan production for the domestic market increased but decreased for the exports, and overall unit production remained flat year-on-year.
  • Global production increased year-on-year and marked an all-time high.

Japan sales: Record-high unit sales of non-mini vehicles in 2008

  Jan. 2008 – Dec. 2008 % change on year
Mini vehicles 590,280 99.8
Non-mini vehicles 88,935 104.8
Total 679,215 100.4

Note:Japan sales include Chevrolet MW.

2008 key points

  • Overall unit sales of mini vehicles remained flat year-on-year despite an increasing sales of the new Palette miniwagon.
  • Our share of Japan’s mini-vehicle market was 31.6% (0.8 percentage points up year-on-year).
  • Japan sales of non-mini vehicles increased year-on-year for the ninth consecutive year and marked an all-time high owing especially to increased sales of the Swift.
  • Our share of Japan’s non-mini-vehicle market was 2.8% (0.3 percentage point up year-on-year).


  Jan. 2008 – Dec. 2008 % change on year
Exports 393,101 96.6

Note: Export figures are CBU + CKD as reported to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

2008 key points

  • According to the global economic turmoil from the latter half of 2008, the overall exports decreased owing especially to the decreased exports to USA and Europe.