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Suzuki Leaves The US Auto Industry

Posted 11/06/2012 6:30 am by

It’s been a tough few years for the automotive industry.  Toyota keeps recalling its cars, GM had to get a government bailout, electric cars are struggling to get traction… it’s not a good time to sell cars out there for a lot of companies, though the numbers are looking better.  However, the economic downturn and recession continues to claim victims.  Suzuki has announced it will no longer sell cars in the United States.  After several years of low sales, the company is withdrawing from the US automotive market, though it will continue to supply parts, maintain service schedules through its dealer network, and honor warranties

“The realignment is intended to better position ASMC for long-term success and is a return to the company’s roots in the U.S. market, which began with motorcycles,” said a statement released by American Suzuki Motor Corporation.

Suzuki first began selling cars in the United States in 1985.  Suzuki has sold about 21,000 cars so far this year in the US, with the SX4 being the most popular offering on the car side.  The company, based in Brea, California, will continue to sell Suzuki motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and boat engines.  AMSC has officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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