The Suzuki Motor Corporation was developed back in 1909 by Michio Suzuki originally as a loom manufacturer in Hamatsu, Japan. Nowadays, the Suzuki Motor Corporation develops various lines of marine engines, small internal combustion engines, wheelchairs, and is the 12th largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. The company employs over 45,000 people and is located in 23 different countries.
When the corporation was first developed, Michio, was building looms for the giant silk industry in the country of Japan. His production continued to grow in success, but he realised that he had to diversify into other productions necessary to meet the demand of consumers. His next adventure would be in the production of a more practical car.
The first Suzuki Motor Co. started as a project back in 1937 and featured an aluminium engine that produced 13 hp from less than 800 cc of displacement. This engine was a liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine. During the early 1950s, after the end of the war, the United States had approved the Japanese importation of silk, which had increased the potential of the Suzuki Corporation.
The success was very short lived, and unfortunately, Suzuki had to go back to their idea of motor vehicles. There was a great need in the time after the war that the Japanese people needed a fuel efficient mode of transportation. It was from this that this that the Suzuki Motor Company began to produce click on motors for various bicycles. This engine was a 36 CC engine that began being sold to the general public in 1952.
Over the next few years, a sufficient amount of effort would be put in to force the reinvention, as well as redevelopment of various engines to be utilised as clip on bicycle motors. By 1953, the Suzuki motor Company had begun to release a line of 60 CC motorcycles that were designed for the Mount Fuji hill climb.
By the late 1950s, the Suzuki motor company was able to produce over 6000 motorcycles each and every month. Due to the output of motorcycles, this is when the motor Company would change their name from the original Suzuki Loom Works, to what is now known as the Suzuki Motor Corporation.
The Suzuki Motor Corporation now produces a various line of cars as well as motorcycles. One of the most popular lines of automobiles is the Suzuki Samurai that was produced in the mid-1980s.
The Suzuki Motor Corporation can now be found throughout America as well as Canada since 1973. It would be during the 1960s and 70s that the Suzuki Motor Corporation would begin to develop low-cost high-performance motorcycles. The company's biggest break would be in 1976 when they would release their very first four-stroke engine.
This 1976 4-stroke motorcycle was the GS 400 as well as the GS 750. It would be with these motorcycles from the Suzuki Motor Corporation that would include its names into the ledgers of high-performance super-bikes.
In 1994, the Suzuki Motor Corporation would team up with a Chinese motorcycle manufacturer to create the Jincheng Suzuki Motorcycle Company. Under this name, the Suzuki Motor Corporation would be able to enter into the Chinese market to sell their brand of motorcycles.
Not only has the company produced a lot of motorcycle lines, but they have also produced several lines of three wheelers, as well as four wheelers. The Suzuki Motor Corporation also produces several lines of lightweight small engine pickup trucks, known as the Suzuki Carry, which features a 660 CC engine but can only be found throughout the Asian countries.
Original Authors: Nicholas
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 03/06/2008