The company was founded by Michio Suzuki in Hamamutsu a small village on the coast of Japan in 1920 and engaged in production of looms. A project to build a small car was launched in 1937, and by 1939 several compact prototype cars were completed. The development of the project was halted when the government announced that civilian cars are marginal goods and Suzuki ordered to stop the production.
Suzuki introduced the first motorcycle in 1952. The first series car came a little later - in 1955. However, fame came to the company after 1985. It was then when Suzuki Samurai was presented to America. The car actually opened a new class - the class of compact four-wheel drive SUVs. Since then, Suzuki focuses exactly on this line of production.
Simple, brisk, unpretentious cars immediately won a place under the sun. Now Suzuki produces 1800000 cars and 2000 000 motorcycles a year, overtaking the number of cars made by such brands as BMW and Mercedes.
From a small group of talented engineers who developed looms, Suzuki has grown into a worldwide company numbering nearly 15,000 people who create and distribute products in more than 170 countries.