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In 1909, Michio Suzuki (1887–1982) founded the Suzuki Loom Works in the small seacoast village of Hamamatsu. Japan. Business boomed as Suzuki built weaving looms for Japan’s giant silk industry. [ 8 ] In 1929, Michio Suzuki invented a new type of weaving machine, which was exported overseas. Suzuki filed as many as 120 patents and utility model rights. [ citation needed ] The company’s first 30 years focused on the development and production of these exceptionally complex machines. [ citation needed ]

Despite the success of his looms. it occurred to Suzuki that his company would benefit from diversification and he began to look at other products. Based on consumer demand, he decided that building a small car would be the most practical new venture. The project began in 1937, and within two years Suzuki had completed several compact prototype cars. These first Suzuki motor vehicles were powered by a then-innovative, liquid-cooled, four-…, four-cylinder engine.

It had a cast aluminum crankcase and gearbox and generated 13 horsepower (9.7 kW) from a displacement of less than 800cc.

With the onset of World War II, production plans for Suzuki’s new vehicles were halted when the government declared civilian passenger cars a non-essential commodity. At the conclusion of the war, Suzuki went back to producing looms. Loom production was given a boost when the U.S. government approved the shipping of cotton to Japan. Suzuki’s fortunes brightened as orders began to increase from domestic textile manufacturers.


But the joy was short-lived as the cotton market collapsed in 1951.

Faced with this colossal challenge, Suzuki’s thoughts went back to motor vehicles. After the war, the Japanese had a great need for affordable, reliable personal transportation. A number of firms began offering clip-on gas-powered engines that could be attached to the typical bicycle. Suzuki’s first two-wheel ingenuity came in the form a bicycle fitted with a motor called, the Power Free.

Designed to be inexpensive and simple to build and maintain, the 1952 Power Free had a 36 cc, one horsepower, two-… engine. [ 9 ] The unprecedented double-sprocket gear system enabled the rider to either pedal with the engine assisting, pedal without engine assist, or simply disconnect the pedals and run on engine power alone. [ citation needed ] The patent office of the new democratic government granted Suzuki a financial subsidy to continue research in motorcycle engineering, and so was born Suzuki Motor Corporation.

In 1953, Suzuki scored the first of many racing victories when the tiny 60 cc Diamond Free won its class in the Mount Fuji Hill Climb. [ 9 ]

1955 Suzulight

By 1954, Suzuki was producing 6,000 motorcycles per month and had officially changed its name to Suzuki Motor Co. Ltd. Following the success of its first motorcycles, Suzuki created an even more successful automobile: the 1955 Suzuki Suzulight.

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Suzuki showcased its penchant for innovation from the beginning. The Suzulight included front-wheel drive, four-wheel independent suspension and rack-and-pinion steering, which were not common on cars until three decades later.

Volkswagen AG completed the purchase of 19.9% of Suzuki Motor Corporation’s issued shares on 15 January 2010, Volkswagen AG is the biggest shareholder in Suzuki.

Leadership [ edit ]

The company was founded by Michio Suzuki ;, its current Chairman and CEO is Osamu Suzuki, [ 1 ] the fourth mukoyōshi in a row to run the company, [ 10 ]

Timeline [ edit ]

The Suzuki Loom Company started in 1909 as a manufacturer of looms for weaving silk and cotton. Michio Suzuki was intent on making better, more user-friendly looms and, for 30 years his focus was on the development of these exceptionally complex machines. Michio’s desire to diversify into automotive products was interrupted by World War II. [ 11 ] Before it began building four-… engines.

Suzuki Motor Corp. was known for its two-… engines (for motorcycles and autos). [ 12 ] After the war, Suzuki made a two-… motorized bicycle. but eventually the company would be known for Hayabusa and GSX-R motorcycles, for the QuadRunner. and for dominating racetracks around the world. Even after producing its first car in 1955 the company didn’t have an automobile division until 1961. [ 13 ] Today Suzuki is among the world’s largest automakers, and a major brand name in important markets, including Japan and India, but no longer sells cars in North America. [ 14 ]

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