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Suzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) is a Japanese automobile brand.
Suzuki was established in 1909 as a manufacturer of looms and was incorporated in 1920. Suzuki's started building car protypes in 1937 based on the British Austin Seven, but due to World War II the project was abandoned.
In the end of 1951 Suzuki started to design an engine for attachment to bicycles. Production of the 1 hp two-stroke 36cc engine started in 1952 and displacment and model range grew into a wide range of mopeds and motorcycles.
In 1955 Suzuki started production of cars, the Suzulight brand. The design was based on the German Lloyd LP400, a small car with a 0.4 liter two-stroke engine. This developed into the Carry range, introduced in 1961 as microtrucks and microvans.
Suzuki LJ Series, a small 4-wheel drive vehicle, were introduced in 1968. The second generation, The Suzuki Samurai (LJ413) started selling in the US in 1985 as 1986 model year.
The Sidekick (also sold as Chevrolet and Geo Tracker) and Swift modeles came to the US market in 1989. The name was later changed to Vitara. The XL-7 was sold from 2001-2009. the Equator mid-size pickup truck, a rebadged Nissan Frontier, came on sale in 2008.
Suzuki ended car sales in the US at the end of 2012.