Suzuki Sells Millions of Swifts But Not in the U.S.
American Suzuki Motor Corporation—the car part of Suzuki, not the motorcycle, ATV and outboard motor producer and purveyor—filed for Chapter 11 in November 2012.
Which put a period to the brand in the U.S. market once the dealers’ stock of cars and crossovers ran out.
Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, Suzuki is selling cars at a respectable clip.
Case in point: the Suzuki Swift.
Last week Suzuki announced that it has sold more than five million of the subcompact cars.
The vehicle went into production in Japan in 2004. In subsequent years, it added manufacturing facilities in Hungary, India, China, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The Swift is available in 140 countries, of which the U.S. isn’t one.
Of the overall sales, Japan accounts for 11%, India 50%, and Europe for 19%.
Ford has made an accomplishment that will never be bested, never even be tied.
Often when there are vehicles that have ceased production and are in the process of being completely moved out of the system there are sales numbers that look like this: Honda Insight: June 2016, 9; June 2015, 126; % change: 93.1% Sometimes there is a vehicle that has just gone into production and it catches the sales at just the right time so that there are numbers that look like this: Honda Ridgeline: June 2016, 2,472; June 2015, 7; % change: 33,856% OK.
The Buick LaCrosse has been Buick’s top-line car since it was introduced in 2004 as a 2005 model sedan.