Suzuki of Japan has reportedly made the decision that almost everyone assumed it would make when it announced it was leaving the US market: when the 2014 model year concludes, it will no longer sell cars in Canada. With six employees overseeing its auto business in Canada and a dealer network that has shrunk to 55 outlets in the country, we can't say we're shocked.

At the time of the US announcement, however, the senior VP of sales and marketing in the automotive division of Suzuki Canada said it would be able to survive on its own because, among other reasons, Canadians prefer smaller, more fuel-efficient cars that fit the company's offerings. Five months later, after some time to think about a 30-percent drop in sales to open up 2013 instead of the 1.4-percent increase in sales that Suzuki Canada posted last year, things have evidently changed.

The Globe and Mail reports that as is in the US, Suzuki's motorcycle, ATV and marine divisions in Canada will remain.


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      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Year Ago
      I agree with you, GR, the Kizashi is a Suzuki powerhouse.
      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Proof that even with a decent product with a good price, you can still fail without advertising and a good dealer network. The strong yen (until very recently) also made Suzuki not very profitable in selling their Made in Japan cars in North America. That being said, if you are a Canadian or American and find a good deal on a Kizashi (assuming you like the car), you should get one. I own one (2011 GTS 6 speed) and belong to an owners forum. A large majority of owners really like the car. It is really a very well made, solid car with many features and has very few problems. I would argue it also has the best handling in its class of midsize sedans.
      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Year Ago
      Suzuki won\'t make enough on the WagonR to import it to America. I am truly saddened by Suzuki pulling out of the American market. We lose in this, too.
      Farmboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shame, they had such neat little cars. But their market presence was nearly word of mouth to the average consumer, if they were lucky. Can't say we didn't see it coming. Guess eyes are on Mitsubishi right now, in terms of a similar situation in the possible near future.
      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perhaps one can now score a good deal in an untouched Suzuki Kizashi. Perhaps $19,995 for one with a 6-speed standard transmission? Dunno, but I test-drove a 2010 Suzuki Kizashi with an automatic CVT transmission and liked it immensely. Didn\'t want it bad enough to part with my 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS, though I did go into negotiations with the southern Nevada Suzuki dealer for a couple of hours. We ended up about $2,000 apart and they wouldn\'t budge. I left to head to Lost Wages and about 10 minutes towards Sin city I realized I didn\'t have my driver\'s license on me! I turned the Lancer GTS around and headed in to their sales lot and there was my sales guy standing outside waving my driver\'s license. Perhaps I got up and walked out a bit too fast from there! But that\'s how much I love the Suzuki Kizashi. Wouldn\'t rule out a post-US Suzuki presence purchase of a red Kizashi like the one pictured above one day. I also went ga-ga over the SX-4 when it came out in late 2006 but never went for a test drive. Regarding Mitsubishi, we\'ll all be pooping our diapers in old folk\'s homes and Mitsubishi will still be here selling well-made rigs, guys. Don\'t even let that thought crowd yer minds. They\'ll be here selling Mirage Global Small cars, Lancer\'s, Outlander\'s and Outlander Sport\'s, etc. They have been working on a Lancer Hybrid since around 2009, haven\'t seen a freshen-up on that car for a while. Be interested to see what\'s new with that one.
      Unni
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would like to request Suzuki management to consider the following : Introduce : Alto, Swift , Dizire, Rita/Splash , Wagon R and APV extended version (minivan version ) and try another year or two and decide to quit or not. A swift CUV will be also a great addition
        Unni
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Unni
        i missed ertiga :-) that also can work as a good 5 seat in north America.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I think of Suzuki, I think of the Samurai and the Sidekick. Both seemed to be relatively popular vehicles in the 90s. Since then, they seemed to have become more rare than Mitsubishis. I can't say I'm totally surprised by any of this.
      Uhwhat?
      • 1 Year Ago
      They won't be missed!
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Uhwhat?
        Have you ever owned a Suzuki?
          GR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GR
          I own my Kizashi. Bought my MY2011 last year in cash. No payments, no interest, no lease. I OWN. That makes me poor? Lol, troll on. I laugh at the others who desperately try to impress others and drive new lease-mobiles. Most people who have owned a real Suzuki can tell you these cars are reliable and last a long time. This is my second Suzuki and the first one was solid.
          Uhwhat?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GR
          I suppose you have. No, IM NOT POOR!
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nothing of value, etc.
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        Pdexter
        • 1 Year Ago
        I really don't think Suzuki can raise from where it is here in Europe. I remember seeing some Suzuki's here in Scandinavia some years ago, but now i can't even remember seeing one in months. Bland with no high point, like reliability and good resale value of Toyota or the aggressive pricing, interior quality and brand awareness of VW's Skoda.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Pdexter
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      th0mb0ne
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm a little surprised by this, considering the amount of Suzuki's I see in Canada, but I guess the US withdrawing is pretty detrimental to the whole market that surrounds it. Shame though, they have some great cars.
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