Suzuki ready for centennial celebrations

Suzuki ready for centennial celebrations

Suzuki Centennial 3

It seems that 1909 was a busy year for automotive start-up companies with both Audi and Bugatti planning their centenary celebrations this year and so is Japanese carmaker Suzuki.

The history of Suzuki’s first 100 years is an interesting rags-to-riches story, beginning with a young loom-maker from Hamamatsu, Japan, named Michio Suzuki wanting to tackle the problem of producing fabrics with both vertical and horizontal stripes. From this distant starting point sprung the Suzuki Loom Company, which after some time began producing small engines to adapt bicycles into motorised vehicles in 1952.

A few years after that, Suzuki’s first automobile, the Suzilight, hit the market with a 360cc two-stroke engine and some clever innovations like front-wheel-drive and four-wheel independent suspension. By 1989, Suzuki was producing over 10 million cars per year through its own factories and global partnerships.

Today, Suzuki is a recognized global leader in small cars and motorcycles, with its SX4 and Swift being highly competitive vehicles in their segments.

According to Suzuki, the future will bring environmentally friendly technology, including the debuts of stop/start and variable valve timing at the next Geneva Motor Show. Looking further into the future hydrogen fuel cell technology is also on the way.

Suzuki Centennial 3

It seems that 1909 was a busy year for automotive start-up companies with both Audi and Bugatti planning their centenary celebrations this year and so is Japanese carmaker Suzuki.

The history of Suzuki’s first 100 years is an interesting rags-to-riches story, beginning with a young loom-maker from Hamamatsu, Japan, named Michio Suzuki wanting to tackle the problem of producing fabrics with both vertical and horizontal stripes. From this distant starting point sprung the Suzuki Loom Company, which after some time began producing small engines to adapt bicycles into motorised vehicles in 1952.

A few years after that, Suzuki’s first automobile, the Suzilight, hit the market with a 360cc two-stroke engine and some clever innovations like front-wheel-drive and four-wheel independent suspension. By 1989, Suzuki was producing over 10 million cars per year through its own factories and global partnerships.

Today, Suzuki is a recognized global leader in small cars and motorcycles, with its SX4 and Swift being highly competitive vehicles in their segments.

According to Suzuki, the future will bring environmentally friendly technology, including the debuts of stop/start and variable valve timing at the next Geneva Motor Show. Looking further into the future hydrogen fuel cell technology is also on the way.

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