The Suzuki Motor Corporation has been in business since 1909 and its headquarters is located in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan. The current CEO is Osamu Suzuki and the current COO is Hiroshi Tsuda. The company’s main source of revenue comes from the manufacturing of motor vehicles and light trucks. The company also manufactures motorcycle and outboard motors. Suzuki Motor Corporation has a revenue close to $20 billion. There are currently 45,000 employees within the corporation. Their website is located at globalsuzuki.com. Suzuki has become the 12th largest automobile manufacturer in the world today based off of production volume. The Suzuki Motor Corporation has become so large that it has 35 production facilities in 23 countries and 133 distributors in 192 countries worldwide.
The company was originally founded in 1909 by Michio Suzuki as the Suzuki Loom Company that manufactured weaving looms for Japan’s silk industry. For the first 30 years of the company’s existence, the manufacturing was focused on the development of these looms and their distribution worldwide. Michio Suzuki also filed as many as 120 patents of different products during his time with the company. The company’s first motor vehicle was manufactured and distributed to the public in 1955. It was called the ‘Suzulight’ and was a lightweight car as evidenced by its name.
Before the company began manufacturing motor vehicles they began manufacturing motorcycles. suzuki ozark 250 top speed first motorcycle came off the assembly line in 1952 and was more or less a motorized bicycle. Their motorcycles became more popular throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Aside from manufacturing motorcycles, Suzuki Motor Corporation also races their bikes. The company won the 2000 MotoGP title and since 2006 the company has been sponsored by Rizla and has been known as the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Team.
The company as a vehicle manufacturer took off after that. They then began manufacturing trucks, other compact cars, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and much more. Suzuki has also manufactured vehicles for other major motor vehicle manufacturing companies. Those companies are General Motors, Subaru, Mazda, Nissan and Maruti Suzuki. Aside from the motor vehicles, Suzuki has had major success in the production of ATVs and motorcycles.
Suzuki’s ATVs are as follows:
o Suzuki KingQuad 700
o Suzuki TwinPeaks 700
o Suzuki Vinson 500
o Suzuki Eiger 400
o Suzuki Ozark 250
o Suzuki LT 230
o Suzuki LT 250
o Suzuki LT-Z250
o Suzuki LT-Z400
o Suzuki LT-R450 (race ready)
o Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak version (rally/road)
o Suzuki Cultus Pikes Peak version (rally/road)
The Suzuki Motor Corporation also fields a Suzuki World Rally Team. The team is backed by the factory and competes in motor vehicle races across the world. It is fairly brand new. It debuted in 2007 as a competitor in the Rallye de France. The team has competed in only a few races in 2007 and 2008 and will add a couple more races to its docket in 2009.