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JAPAN: Suzuki set for strong financial year
04 Feb 2004
Source: just-auto.com editorial team

Leading Japanese minivehicle maker Suzuki Motor on Wednesday reported group operating profit for April-December of 69.36 billion yen ($US657.7 million), with net profit of Y40.48 billion on sales of Y1.61 trillion.

Reuters noted that no comparisons from the year before were given since Suzuki, the country's fourth largest car maker by market value, is reporting quarterly figures for the first time.

Suzuki, also the world's third-largest motorcycle maker, has been making steady advances, helped by aggressive cost-cutting and surging sales of both cars and motorbikes in Asia, the report said.

Backed by strong demand in countries like Indonesia and Thailand, Suzuki's motorcycle sales exceeded one million units during the nine months, compared with 826,000 units for the whole of last year.

Noting that Suzuki has also benefited from its huge presence in India through majority-owned Maruti Udyog, the country's dominant car company, as the population upgrades from motorcycles to cars and as roads improve, Reuters said Asia performance has made up for stalled demand in Japan, where sales of the third-generation Wagon R, a core model launched in late September, have been lacklustre.

Its North American business had also disappointed in the first six months, but a spokesman reportedly said Suzuki was making steady progress to return the region back into the black.

In the US, Suzuki has recently rolled out new model lines built by GM-Daewoo in South Korea and its January sales were up a promising 62.5% in January.

According to Reuters, for the full year to March 31, Suzuki, 20% owned by General Motors, maintained its forecast of a 13% climb in net profit to a record 35 billion yen, but analysts generally expect more.

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suzuki had a wicked little concept at last years (2003) detroit auto show. it mighta been the swift+ or something. where'd it go? that car deserved some respect!

poor little suzuki... so often ignored and forgotten in north america. they generally deserve it though... their last cool car was the swift GTi (intercooled 1.8L, i think). zoom zoom! i don't even like the names... verona, forenza, vitara, aerio? my favourite suzuki was the samurai... hahaha! suzuki may do well in japan, but i don't imagine they'll ever be much more than a novelty in north america.

BTW, i think the chevrolet versions of the new cars (aveo, optra, optra5 and epica) are much better looking. gotta love the bowtie!
 

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Originally posted by paul8488@Feb 5 2004, 04:14 PM
suzuki had a wicked little concept at last years (2003) detroit auto show. it mighta been the swift+ or something. where'd it go? that car deserved some respect!
That concept was called the Concept S. Suzuki recently introduced the Concept S2 at some autoshow. It's supposed to come out soon (at the latest, a year) as a real subcompact to battle the Beetle and Cooper.
 
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