Suzuki Motor Corporation is pleased to announce that its cumulative automobile sales in Japan are on track to reach 20 million units*1 by the end of January 2010.
Suzuki began offering automobiles in 1955 with the Suzulight, the forerunner of today’s minivehicles. Subsequent highlights of Suzuki’s history as a manufacturer of minivehicles include the 1961 launch of the Suzulight Carry, which evolved into today’s Suzuki Carry mini truck; the 1970 launch of the Jimny, which had full-fledged four-wheel-drive capability; the 1979 launch of the Alto, with which Suzuki laid the foundations of Japan’s current market for minivehicles; and the 1993 launch of the Wagon R, which helped expand the market thanks to outstanding user-friendliness.
Suzuki also enjoys success as a manufacturer of compact cars. Its distinctive, appealing compact-car offerings began in 1965 with the Fronte 800, continued with models such as the Cultus*2 and Escudo*3, and moved into a new phase in 2004 with the launch of Suzuki’s first world strategic model, the Swift.
A philosophy of creating customer-focused, value-packed products underpins Suzuki’s ongoing success as an automobile manufacturer. To mark the 20-million-unit domestic sales milestone, Suzuki has designed commemorative versions of five models and will launch them in Japan on 21 January.
|1961||Oct||Suzulight Carry debuts.|
|1965||Aug||Fronte 800 debuts.|
|1968||Mar||Carry Van debuts.|
|1982||Aug||Jimny 1000 debuts.|
|1983||Feb||Mighty Boy debuts.|
|1984||Aug||Aggregate sales of Suzuki cars in Japan reach 5 million units.|
|1984||Nov||Jimny 1300 debuts.|
|1993||Sep||Wagon R debuts.|
|1994||Apr||Aggregate sales of Suzuki cars in Japan reach 10 million units.|
|1995||Jan||Cultus Crescent debuts.|
|1995||Jan||Aggregate sales of Suzuki minivehicles in Japan reach 10 million units.|
|1997||Feb||Wagon R Wide debuts.|
|1998||Jan||Jimny Wide debuts.|
|2000||Dec||Wagon R Solio debuts.|
|2000||Dec||Grand Escudo debuts.|
|2001||Dec||MR Wagon debuts.|
|2002||Jan||Alto Lapin debuts.|
|2002||Jul||Aggregate sales of Suzuki cars in Japan reach 15 million units.|
|2004||Jan||Aggregate sales of Suzuki minivehicles in Japan reach 15 million units.|
|2010||Jan||Aggregate sales of Suzuki cars in Japan reach 20 million units.|