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Suzuki is the automotive division of Suzuki Motor Corporation based in Hamamatsu, Japan. Michio Suzuki founded the company in 1909 producing weaving looms, then explored producing a passenger car in 1937 before the onset of World War II. After the war, Suzuki began developing motorcycles and eventually cars with the introduction of the 1955 Suzulight. The company entered the US market in 1985 with the Samurai and produced vehicles for other manufacturers under contract like the Chevrolet Sprint, a rebadged version of the Suzuki Cultus. American Suzuki Motor Corporation filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012 and announced it would no longer sell new vehicles in the US. Its Canadian operations folded a short time later.

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    It's a hard knock life for a Nürburgring rental car
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    Rental cars get no respect. They're abused, misused and flogged mercilessly as athletes in Rental Car Olympics. And that's just at your everyday airport rental counter. The torture gets extreme for rental cars thrashed around Germany's infamous Nürburgring. Rent4Ring expects its customers to drive its cars around the 'Ring with enthusiasm and, in ...

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    Official: American Suzuki gets $100M in financing to go out of business... buy more cars?
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    American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), which declared bankruptcy in early November, has been approved by the courts for up to $100 million in debtor-in-possession financing to enable it to shutter its US car business. ASMC had received a $45 million loan from the Japanese parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), last month in order to make ...

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    Report: Incentives aid smooth Suzuki wind down
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    American Suzuki is continuing to offer buyers substantial incentives even as the company winds down operations. Those looking to nab a new Suzuki vehicle will find rebates of between $500 and $2,000 and zero-percent financing for up to 72 months as dealers look to liquidate inventory following the automaker's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection ...

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    Official: Suzuki Samurai lives on with new Jimny facelift
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    The Suzuki Jimny is "sold across 188 global markets," but one of them isn't ours. For UK buyers who can buy a Jimny in SZ3 or SZ4 trims, the 2013 model has just been introduced with tweaks peppered throughout the vehicle. First among them is a soft redesign up front, a new bumper, grille and hood updating the face and adding an extra 30 mm to the length ...

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    Report: Suzuki has to take out $45M loan just to shutter US dealers
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    Bloomberg reports American Suzuki is set to borrow up to $45 million to to close its automotive dealerships and freshen up its it motorcycle and marine business. Suzuki Motor Corporation will loan American Suzuki the funds at three percent below the London Interbank offered rate in order to offer dealer owners a cash payment in exchange for voluntarily ...

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    Video: Remembering Suzuki of America... in commercials
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    American Suzuki Motors is leaving us, but as long as the lights are on at YouTube, its commercials will stay behind to remind of the times we shared. We dug up nine commercials – sort of like a Time Life infomercial for an entire brand – and among the starring actors are the X-90 improving the 90s with the help of a Pez dispenser, the Peter ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi CEO vows to stay in US on heels of Suzuki's departure
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    By now, you're surely aware that Suzuki is pulling out of the US market. It was a bit of a foregone conclusion to most who've been paying attention to the automotive realm, but it still sent a small shockwave through the industry. And one of the most oft-heard retorts goes something like this: "Next up: Mitsubishi." It's easy to understand why many ...

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    Report: Suzuki could disappear from new car market quickly thanks to low inventory
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    Yesterday's announcement that American Suzuki has filed for bankruptcy is all but a death blow for the Japanese automaker's 246 US dealers, but if there's any good news coming out of the situation, it could be the fact that the whole process will likely be quick and painless rather than drawn out. WardsAuto is reporting that with the current inventory and ...

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    Official: American Suzuki Motors files chapter 11, will no longer sell cars in the United States
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    As much as we knew it was a possibility, we have to say that Suzuki's announcement this afternoon that it is filing chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings caught us a bit off guard. American Suzuki Motor Corporation - the sole distributor of Suzuki automobiles in the United States - will realign its business to focus on motorcycles, ATVs and the marine market. ...

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    Denso creates li-ion battery designed for stop-start vehicles
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    Toyota owns part of the company, but Suzuki gets the battery. That's the gist of Denso's development of a lithium-ion battery pack that is designed especially for cars with fuel-saving stop-start systems. The 5.5-pound battery pack weighs less because it can capture regenerative energy from when the vehicle slows down and feed that power the alternator ...

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    Report: Volkswagen drops "GTi" lawsuit against Suzuki
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    Way back in 2004, Volkswagen took umbrage with Suzuki being granted permission to use the nameplate "SWIFT GTi" for a performance variant of its small-car offering (2012 equivalent seen here). Now, eight years and surely some very steep legal bills later, VW has finally dropped its claim against Suzuki. The General Court of the European Union stated, ...

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    Paris: Suzuki sallies forth with new C-segment crossover with fishy S-Cross Concept
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    It's not what we'd call attractive, really, but at least the new S-Cross Concept is something fresh from Suzuki. Introduced to the world at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Suzuki says the pale green machine previews its upcoming production C-segment crossover. We hope some of its fishier elements – according to Suzie, the specially created Crystal Green ...

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    Spy Shots: Next Suzuki SX4 spotted again
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    Thanks to a sketch of the Suzuki S-Cross concept, we can already see the styling direction that the next-generation SX4 will take, and Suzuki is still hard at work on the production version of the car as evidenced by this latest batch of spy shots. These photos look almost identical to those captured back in July, but we see a little more detail at the ...

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    Report: Larger SX4 to lead raft of new or revised Suzuki models
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    A few weeks ago, we showed you what is likely in store for the next-generation Suzuki SX4, but What Car? now has some insider info of what might be in store for other products in the aging Suzuki lineup... at least in the UK. When the official design sketch of the Suzuki S-Cross concept was released, Suzuki said that the concept car would be a C-segment ...

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    Report: Suzuki reopens India plant post-riot with police outnumbering workers
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    Suzuki's plant in Manesar, India builds cars for Australia, specifically its Alto small car. Or at least they were building cars before violent worker riots forced the factory to close. The plant has been idled for five weeks as a result of worker violence that led to the death of one manager and 95 injuries. The riot was spurred over a labor dispute ...

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    Report: Suzuki recalling 101,000 Forenza, Reno models over faulty headlamps
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of over 100,000 Suzuki models. The NHTSA recall extends to certain 2004-2006 Suzuki Forenza models and 2005-2006 Reno vehicles, These were vehicles produced from September 2003 through March 2006. According to the announcement, the recall pertains to potentially faulty ...

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    Official: Suzuki previews new S-Cross compact CUV ahead of Paris debut
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    Despite having one heck of a lackluster presence here in the United States, Suzuki still manages to do well in other markets. That in mind, the automaker continually releases new products and concept cars at international auto shows that aren't destined for U.S. consumption, but this might not be one of those times. The aging SX4 crossover is in need of ...

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    Spy Shots: Is Suzuki working on a next-gen SX4 turbo?
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    Suzuki looks to be putting a few development miles on the company's next-generation SX4. Our spy photographers nabbed a handful of photos of the five-door during testing on public streets, and the heavily camouflaged vehicle helps give us a glimpse of what to expect from the next model. Even with the disguise, the new car looks larger and more ...

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    Confirmed: Suzuki Grand Vitara getting facelift for 2013
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    Yesterday Suzuki announced that a refreshed Japanese-market Suzuki Escudo will bow for 2013, sporting a new front fascia and wheels and dropping its rear spare tire carrier, among other tweaks. Suzuki's American PR staff has confirmed to Autoblog that we will be getting some of the updates here as well, in the form of a facelifted 2013 Suzuki Grand ...

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    Report: Suzuki gets legal with VW over troubled partnership
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    Suzuki is turning to legal arbiters in the UK in an attempt to force Volkswagen to return its 19.9-percent stake in the Japanese automaker, according to Automotive News Europe. VW purchased the sizable slice of Suzuki in 2009 for around $2.1 billion when the two embarked on a corporate partnership together, but the relationship soon hit trouble. Suzuki ...

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