1st February, 2009
Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) achieved record global car
production figures in the 2008 calendar year, with a total production of 2,623,788 units.
Plants outside of Japan contributed more than 50 per cent of total production, accounting for
1,405,553 units. That constituted a two per cent increase on 2007 figures.
A total of 1,218,235 vehicles rolled off Suzukiís Japanese plants, closely matching the 2007 figure.
Production for the Japanese market increased but decreased slightly for exports, contributing to the
overall flat total figure.
Suzuki sales in Japan were strong, with the total figure of 679,215 representing a 0.4 per cent increase
on the 2007 calendar year.
The Suzuki Wagon R was again Japanís best selling car, and Suzuki once again was strong in the
mini-vehicle market with a 31.6 per cent share. That was almost one per cent up on the 2007 figure.
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Japan sales of non-mini vehicles increased for the ninth consecutive year and marked an all time high for
Suzuki will expand its local line-up by releasing the Alto by mid-year (see image). This little car is just
3.5 metres long. It is manufactured in India.
Another new model coming from Suzuki is the Kizashi. It will arrive in Australia about this time next year.
Suzuki is celebrating 100 years since the company was founded by Michio Suzuki in Hamamatsu in 1909.